The department prides
itself on the diversity of interests and fields of its faculty.
All of the faculty
are actively involved in research and publication activities,
and are active in international, national, and regional professional
societies. Faculty members have also served in positions with
the national and state governments, and international institutions.
The Department of Economics seeks excellence in research,
teaching, and service. Both faculty and students are responsible
for carrying out this mission.
In RESEARCH, the standard is refereed scholarly publications
in leading journals and books. By-products of research excellence
should be (1) participation at national and international
meetings; (2) success in winning external funding; and (3)
integration of research into our undergraduate and graduate
courses, along with student involvement in that research.
We encourage creative scholarship of any kind, on any topic.
We believe in and support collaborative research and publication,
and we pledge to maintain a collegial research atmosphere.
In TEACHING, the standard is effective, committed teaching
at all levels -- principles, intermediate, advanced undergraduate,
M.A. and Ph.D. While students have primary responsibility
for their own educations, we consider it our duty to provide
them with diligent, competent guidance. Excellence in teaching
is not only compatible with but is actually strengthened
by high-quality research, provided we always remember that
good teaching matters. Giving Ph.D. students teaching experience
is important, but it must not take precedence over staffing
our courses, especially in principles and intermediate theory,
with experienced economists who offer sound intuition along
with analytical technique.
In SERVICE, we recognize our unique obligation to offer
economic expertise to the citizens and governments of Connecticut,
the nation, and the world. We also have obligations to serve
the national and international communities of scholars and
the University community. These obligations are in fact an
opportunity: High-quality service both depends on and spawns
high-quality research, and it also sharpens teaching skills
by exposing faculty to different audiences.