Mark Maier

Glendale Community College

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Department of Economics
Glendale Community College

Glendale, CA 91208
mmaier@glendale.edu
Phone: 818-240-1000 Ext. 5468
Fax:818-549-9436

Background Information


Mark Maier
teaches economics at Glendale Community College (California). He earned his Ph.D. in economics from the Graduate Faculty, New School for Social Research in 1980.

Between 2001 and 2004 Mark was a scholar in the CASTL program at the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching. He has published several articles on cooperative learning and is the author of four books: Just-in-Time Teaching: Across the Disciplines, Across the Academy(with Scott Simkins), (Introducing Economics: A Critical Guide for Teaching (with Julie Nelson), The Data Game: Controversies in Social Science Statistics (with Jennifer Imazeki); and City Unions: Managing Discontent in New York City.

Related Pedagogical Projects
Over the past decade Mark has been PI or co-PI on six National Science Foundation projects, including four in collaboration with the Science Education Resource Center. Beginning in August 2008, Mark has worked with Scott Simkins, Maier, KimMarie McGoldrick and Cathy Manduca on Starting Point: Teaching and Learning Economics, a national economics pedagogic portal highlighting innovative pedagogical practices developed both inside and outside of economics for use in undergraduate economics courses (DUE #081738 - Developing an Economics Pedagogic Portal). In November 2010, Mark and Cathy began another NSF project, DUE #1043245 - Adapting effective outreach and workshop practices to improve community college instruction and since May 2012, Mark has worked with Heather Macdonald and Katherine Rowell on DUE # 1238279 - Supporting community college faculty across the STEM disciplines. Most recently, Mark is co-PI with Scott Simkins and Jeff Sarbaum on the NSF project Math You Need - Economics

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 (8)

Counting GDP part of Starting Point: Teaching and Learning Economics:Teaching Methods:Cooperative Learning:Examples
Working in small groups, students determine how 18 items are included in GDP (or if they are excluded.) Cards turned over one at a time encourage participation by all group members.

Economies of scale part of Starting Point: Teaching and Learning Economics:Teaching Methods:Cooperative Learning:Examples
Working in groups of three, students analyze economies of scale. Each student constructs an individual short-run ATC curve, then the three students collaborate to determine if there are economies or diseconomies of scale and to create the long run ATC.

Impact of federal deficits part of Starting Point: Teaching and Learning Economics:Teaching Methods:Cooperative Learning:Examples
Based on a fable about government debt, students identify the relevance of crowding out, monetizing a debt, external debt, and stimulus spending.

Shape of the demand curve part of Starting Point: Teaching and Learning Economics:Teaching Methods:Interactive Lecture Demonstrations:Examples
A classroom auction reveals reservation prices and a demand curve for an introductory economics course.

Price elasticity of demand survey part of Starting Point: Teaching and Learning Economics:Teaching Methods:Interactive Lecture Demonstrations:Examples
Students survey class members to estimate the price elasticity of demand for a number of goods and services.

The unemployment rate for the class part of Starting Point: Teaching and Learning Economics:Teaching Methods:Interactive Lecture Demonstrations:Examples
After predicting what the unemployment rate will be for students in the class, a confidential survey modeled on the Current Population Survey questions is used to gather data about each student's employment. Students use this data to measure the class unemployment rate and then assess its accuracy.

Monopoly gas station part of Starting Point: Teaching and Learning Economics:Teaching Methods:Interactive Lecture Demonstrations:Examples
Students predict then calculate and graph profit-maximizing the price for an isolated, desert monopoly gas station.

Interactive Lecture Demonstrations part of Starting Point-Teaching Entry Level Geoscience:Interactive Lecture Demonstrations
Created by Dorothy Merritts, Robert Walter (Franklin & Marshall College), Bob MacKay (Clark College). Enhanced by Mark Maier with assistance from Rochelle Ruffer, Sue Stockly and Ronald Thornton Interactive ...

Essay (1)

Projects that worked/haven't worked in economics part of Supporting Community College Faculty Across the Disciplines:Fall 2012 Workshop:Essays
Mark Maier, Professor of Economics, Glendale Community College Download this essay (Acrobat (PDF) 18kB Oct3 12) What has worked 1. NSF currently supports "Economics at Community Colleges," ...

Other Contributions (5)

What counts in GDP part of Starting Point: Teaching and Learning Economics:Team-Based Learning:Activities
This is a two part application exercise. In the first part groups evaluate whether or not five different economic activities should be counted in national measures of production such as GDP. In a second part ...

Teaching with Simulations part of Pedagogy in Action:Library:Teaching with Simulations
This module was initially developed by Betty Blecha and currently is coordinated by Beth Haynes . The module was refined and enhanced by Mark McBride, Teresa Riley, Katherine Rowell, KimMarie McGoldrick, Mark ...

Mark Maier part of Supporting Community College Faculty Across the Disciplines:Fall 2012 Workshop:Participant Profiles
Department of Economics Glendale Community College Glendale, CA 91208 mmaier@glendale.edu Phone: 818-240-1000 Ext. 5468 Fax:818-549-9436 Background Information Mark Maier teaches economics at Glendale Community ...

Mark Maier part of Supporting Community College Faculty Across the Disciplines:Fall 2012 Workshop:Participant Profiles
Department of Economics Glendale Community College Glendale, CA 91208 mmaier@glendale.edu Phone: 818-240-1000 Ext. 5468 Fax:818-549-9436 Background Information Mark Maier teaches economics at Glendale Community ...

Mark Maier part of Starting Point: Teaching and Learning Economics:About this Project:Project Participants
Department of Economics Glendale Community College Glendale, CA 91208 mmaier@glendale.edu Phone: 818-240-1000 Ext. 5468 Fax:818-549-9436 Background Information Mark Maier teaches economics at Glendale Community ...