Jennifer Rhoads


Department of Economics
University of Illinois at Chicago
601 S. Morgan St. UH725 M/C 144
Chicago, IL 60607


Background Information

Jennifer Rhoads is a graduate student at the University of Illinois at Chicago (UIC) where she is currently pursuing a Ph.D. in economics. She earned her M.A. in economics from the University of Illinois at Chicago in 2006, and her B.A. in economics and mathematics from Denison University in 2002.

Jennifer has taught undergraduate courses in economics (introductory microeconomics, intermediate microeconomics, and health economics) at the University of Illinois at Chicago and Dominican University. She was awarded the UIC Economics Department award for excellence in teaching in 2007. Jennifer has also worked for the UIC Center for Economic Education supporting its mission to promote high quality teaching of economics and consumer economics at all levels of schooling (K-12 and junior college) in Illinois. Her areas of interest are economics education, health and labor economics.

Related Pedagogical Projects

In May 2008, Jennifer was a participant in the Teaching Innovations Program (TIP) in San Antonio, Texas. This program is designed to introduce innovative and interactive strategies for teaching economics courses to junior faculty members nationwide. Through this program, Jennifer studied cooperative learning and designed an innovative project that she used when teaching a health economics course.

Jennifer has been asked to serve on the team that will be developing the cooperative learning section of the Starting Point-Teaching Economics portal. She has also been invited to be a co-author of a chapter on cooperative learning for a book describing the various teaching strategies introduced though the TIP program, as well as successful applications of these strategies in the classroom.