Scott Simkins

College of Business and Economics

Economics

North Carolina A & T State University

Background Information


Scott Simkins
 is Associate Professor of Economics at North Carolina A&T State University (NC A&T) in Greensboro, NC.  For the past 12 years he served as director of the Academy for Teaching and Learning at NC A&T. He earned his Ph.D. in economics from the University of Iowa in 1988. 

His research focuses on pedagogical innovation in economics, cross-disciplinary adaptations of educational research and pedagogical practices, and challenges associated with the diffusion of evidence-based teaching practices. His economic education research has appeared in the Journal of Economic Education as well as other journals and focuses on the adaptation and implementation of pedagogical innovations in economics and their effect on student learning, in particular in the Principles of Economics course.  Scott has been a frequent presenter on scholarship of teaching and learning (SoTL) topics at workshops and conferences regionally, nationally, and internationally and is the co-editor of Just-in-Time Teaching: Across the Disciplines and Across the Academy https://www.amazon.com/Just-Time-Teaching-Disciplines-Pedagogies/dp/1579222935 and co-executive editor of the journal College Teaching.

Related Pedagogical Projects

Over the past decade he and Mark Maier (Glendale Community College) have led four National Science Foundation (NSF)-funded projects exploring the adaptability of STEM (science, technology, engineering, and math) discipline teaching innovations in economics:

  • DUE #0088303Developing and Implementing Just-in-Time-Teaching (JiTT) Techniques in the Principles of Economics Course
  • DUE #0411037 -Implications of STEM Discipline Research for Instructional Innovation and Assessment in Economic Education
  • DUE #081738 - Developing an Economics Pedagogic Portal
  • DUE #1245802 - The Math You Need, When You Need It: Modular Student Resources to Promote Successful Integration of Quantitative Concepts in Introductory Economics Courses. 
The Developing and Economics Pedagogic Portal project focused on the development of the Starting Point: Teaching and Learning Economics site here on the SERC portal: http://serc.carleton.edu/econ/index.html.

Project Leader, Workshop Participant, Website Contributor

Project Leader

Starting Point: Teaching and Learning Economics part of Starting Point: Teaching and Learning Economics
This site introduces economists to innovative teaching strategies developed both within and beyond the discipline of economics. It provides instructors with the tools to begin integrating and assessing these teaching strategies in their own classrooms and promotes the sharing of teaching innovations among instructors.

Website Content Contributions

Activities (2)

Making Rational Decisions in Economics - The Role of Sunk and Marginal Costs part of Starting Point: Teaching and Learning Economics:Teaching Methods:Just in Time Teaching:Examples
This JiTT exercise uses a real-life example to pose a question to students about the nature of "rationality" as typically used in economics. In this case, the focus is on fixed vs. marginal costs and the ...

JiTT - Fighting Recession: 2009 part of Starting Point: Teaching and Learning Economics:Teaching Methods:Just in Time Teaching:Examples
This is a JiTT exercise in which students apply introductory-level macroeconomic analysis to the question of how large the stimulus package put forward to Congress in early 2009 needed to be to close the ...

Teaching Method Module (1)

Just in Time Teaching (JiTT) part of Starting Point-Teaching Entry Level Geoscience:Just in Time Teaching
Original module developed by by Laura Guertin, Carol Ormand, Gregor Novak, and Andy Gavrin. Revised and enhanced by Scott Simkins with assistance from Gregor Novak, Marcelo Clerici-Arias, and Rae Jean Goodman. ...

Other Contributions (2)

My Interest in ASCN: Scott Simkins part of Accelerating Systemic Change Network:Workshop: July 2016:Participant Profiles
North Carolina A & T State University Economics Associate Professor Prior Organizational Change Work As discussed above, I was the teaching center director at NC A&T State University for the past 12 years, ...

Scott Simkins part of Starting Point: Teaching and Learning Economics:About this Project:Project Participants
Director, Academy for Teaching and Learning 313 Dowdy Building North Carolina A&T State University 1601 East Market Street Greensboro, NC 27411 simkinss@ncat.edu Phone: 336.334.7705, ext. 2237 Fax: ...