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John Diggelman

Author Profile

Economics Instructor
Central New Mexico Community College
4700 Morris NE
Albuquerque, NM 87111 jdiggelman@cnm.edu

Phone:5056151112

Background Information

I've been teaching economics at Central New Mexico Community College (CNM) in Albuquerque since 2001. Prior to coming to New Mexico I completed the coursework and comprehensive exams in the PhD program at UT Austin. When I spotted an available teaching job in New Mexico, I left with a Master's degree. I've always found teaching more rewarding than research.
In addition to the usual lower-division offerings of Microeconomics and Macroeconomics, I've recently added an Environmental Economics class to the mix. I've developed an outcomes-based Microeconomics class, where students must demonstrate mastery of 8 key skills in order to complete the class. At the state level, I chair a committee of faculty from across New Mexico that reviews Social & Behavioral Science courses for inclusion into the New Mexico Common Core.

Related Pedagogical Projects

Recently, I've analyzed past student performance in Macroeconomics to identify students who are at risk of failing early in the semester. By identifying and meeting one-on-on with at-risk students early in the semester, I've been able to provide extra tutoring and help with note-taking and study skills. Based on a few semesters of data, it looks like more of these students are passing the class.