In the Spring 2014 semester I am teaching two sections of Principles of Macroeconomics, and one section of Principles of Microeconomics (Past Syllabus) at Colby College. In previous semesters at Colby, I taught Microeconomic Theory, Economics of Crime (Syllabus), Environmental and Natural Resource Economics and a senior seminar on the economics of education (Syllabus).At the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, I taught Intermediate Microeconomic Theory (Syllabus) for two semesters. For the most recent semester, my student evaluations rated me a 4.0 (on a 5 point scale). Over the past five years the average rating for this course (primarily taught by full time faculty members) was 3.8. I was also been a teaching assistant for Principles of Microeconomics (course website), Principles of Macroeconomics and Economic Statistics I. While at the University of Illinois, I was consistently included in the List of Teachers Rated Excellent produced by the Center for Teaching Excellence. In addition to my teaching assignments, I served as the interim academic adviser for the University of Illinois Department of Economics in 2009. For a four week period, I was responsible for all academic advising of economics majors (approximately 700 students). I also served as an academic adviser for incoming students in all majors during the summer of 2008.
I have made my Statement of Teaching Philosophy available.
Selected Comments from Student Evaluations
"This was one of my favorite courses this semester, and I think I learned a lot. The material all seemed relevant and applicable to the ES major, which is helpful. I think the problem sets were very helpful in terms of applying the tools we learned in class and for preparation for the exam." - Environmental and Natural Resource Economics, Spring 2012
"I learned a lot this semester, and I believe I owe a lot of that to Professor Edwards, and his ability to teach microeconomics in a way that is understandable, and can be readily related or transferred to "real-world" applications and scenarios." - Principles of Microeconomics, Fall 2011.
"Professor Edwards is a truly inspiring educator. I really can"t imagine my senior fall without him. I wish I had more time to take more classes with him." - Seminar: Economics of Education, Fall 2011.
"Great at explaining complicated material, very nice and approachable for questions." - Intermediate Microeconomics, Spring 2010.
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