Alice Kassens Profile

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Dr. Alice L. Kassens

John S. Shannon Professor of Economics

Department: Business Admin. & Economics
Office: 234 Francis T. West Hall
540-375-2428

kassens@roanoke.edu

Courses

Degrees

  • Ph.D. North Carolina State University, 2005 (Economics)
  • B.A. The College of William and Mary, 1998 (Economics, History)

Homepage

therunningeconomist.blogspot.com

Research & Teaching Interests

Health Economics, Labor Economics, Econometrics

Scholarly Activities

Selected Presentations & Panels

  • April 2016, Virginia Association of Economists Annual Meeting (Lexington, VA), Plenary Panel on the Virginia Economy, "Consumer Sentiment and Price Expectations in Virginia"
  • April 2016, Virginia Association of Economists Annual Meeting (Lexington, VA),"Gangster Spirits: Economic History of Chicago and the Al Capone Era"
  • October 2015, Annual Meeting of the Governor's Joint Advisory Board of Economists (Glen Allen, VA)
  • March 2015, Virginia Association of Economists Annual Meeting (Ashland, VA), "Promoting Evidence-Based Policy Making for Gender Equality in Papua New Guinea"
  • January 2015, American Economics Association/Allied Social Science Association Annual Meeting (Boston, MA), "Promoting Evidence-Based Policy Making for Gender Equality in Papua New Guinea," with Yana VanderMeulen Rodgers
  • November 2014, 10th Annual Economics Teaching Conference (San Diego, CA), "Using Twitter to Increase Writing Skills and Expand the Learning Environment" with Michael Enz
  • October 2014, Annual Meeting of the Governor's Joint Advisory Board of Economists (Richmond, VA)
  • May 2014, Roanoke Regional Chamber of Commerce Economic Summit XI (Roanoke, VA), "The Virginia and Roanoke Valley Labor Markets," invited speaker
  • April 2014, National Conference on Undergraduate Research (Lexington, KY), "Productive Methods for Mentoring Undergraduate Research Projects Outside of the Natural Sciences"
  • March 2014, Virginia Association of Economists Annual Meeting (Salem, VA), "Using Twitter to Improve #Writing, #Reflection, and #Community"
  • March 2014, Virginia Association of Economists Annual Meeting (Salem, VA), Plenary Session, "Consumer Sentiment and Price Expectations in Virgina"
  • November 2013, Virginia Small Business Development Center (Roanoke, VA), "Health Care Reform and Your Small Business"
  • November 2013, Virginia Council for Social Studies (Roanoke, VA), "Using Twitter to Improve #Writing, #Reflection, and #Community"
  • October 2013, 9th Annual Economics Teaching Conference (Austin, TX), "Using Twitter to Improve #Writing, #Reflection, and #Community"
  • March 2013, Virginia Association of Economists Annual Meeting (Richmond, VA), "Do as I say and as I do: Adaptation of the Mentor Demonstration Model"
  • March 2013, Virginia Association of Economists Annual Meeting (Richmond, VA), Plenary Session, "Consumer Sentiment and Price Expectations in Virgina"
  • January 2013, American Economic Association/Allied Social Science Association Annual Meeting (San Diego, CA), "The Impact of Clinical Depression on the Labor Market Outcomes of Young Adults during Economic Downturn"
  • October 2012, Virginia Society of Certified Public Accountants (Roanoke, VA), "The Economics of the PPACA Employer Mandate"
  • May 2012, North American Clinical Dermatologic Society Annual Meeting (Zurich, Switzerland), "The Economic Costs and Consequences of the PPACA Employer Mandate" (CME credit)
  • March 2012, Virginia Association of Economists Annual Meeting (Virginia Beach, VA), Plenary Session, "Consumer Sentiment and Price Expectations in Virgina"
  • September 2011, Roanoke College Student/Faculty Showcase of Research and Creativity (Roanoke, VA), “The Effects of Clinical Depression on the Labor Market Outcomes of Young Adults”
  • April 2011, Keynote Speech, Torch Club Dinner (Roanoke, VA), “The Costs and Consequences of the Health Care Bill”
  • March 2011, Virginia Economics Association Annual Meeting (Richmond, VA), “The Effects of Clinical Depression on Labor Market Outcomes of Young Adults” with Dr. William M. Rodgers III
  • June 2010, American Society of Health Economists Annual Meeting (Ithaca, NY), “The Effects of Clinical Depression on the Labor Market Outcomes of Young Adults” with Dr. William M. Rodgers III
  • November 2009, Southern Economic Association Annual Meeting (San Antonio, TX), "Clinical Depression and Labor Market Outcomes."
  • November 2009, Association for Public Policy Analysis and Management Fall Meeting (Washington, D.C.), "Clinical Depression and Labor Market Outcomes."
  • March 2009, Virginia Association of Economists (Richmond, VA), "What Does Not Kill Me Makes Me Thinner?"
  • June 2008, North American Clinical Dermatologic Society Annual Meeting (Dublin, Ireland), "Obesity, Psoriasis, NAFLD, NASH, and TNFa," with Dr. Catherine Healy Kassens, M.D.
  • March 2008, Virginia Association of Economists Annual Meeting (Lexington, VA), "The Wilford Brimley Effect: Diet and Exercise Take on Medicare, Moral Hazard, and the Oatmeal Guy in the Fight Against Type II Diabetes."
  • March 2007, Virginia Association of Economists Annual Meeting (Richmond, VA), "Determinants of Student Performance in the Principles Courses" (with Dr. Garry Fleming)
  • April 2006, Virginia Association of Economists Annual Meeting (Williamsburg, VA), "Do the Obese Respond to Adverse Health Events?: A Behavioral Approach"
  • March 2005, North American Clinical Dermatologic Society Annual Meeting (Taormina, Sicily), "Are patients with skin tags at an increased risk of having colon polyps as compared to those without tags?" (with Dr. Catherine Healy Kassens, Dr. William D. Kassens, Jr., and Catherine Helen Kassens)

Selected Radio, Television, Internet and Newspaper

  • January 2016, Virginia First (Roanoke), Gas Prices and the Economy
  • Point Counterpoint w/ Dr. Ellerbrock (VT). (2012, January 1) The Roanoke Times, p. H5
  • November 2011, News 7 (Roanoke), Black Friday Brings Big Bucks to Retailers
  • June 2011, WVTF w/ Fred Echols, on effect of depression and labor market outcomes
  • First, improve our health [Editorial]. (2009, February 18) The Roanoke Times, p. A19.
  • No universal cure for health system [Editorial]. (2008, September 28) The Roanoke Times, p. H3.

Awards and Grants

  • 2015-2016 Charles Koch Foundation Educational Grant for Undergraduate Public Choice Seminar (with faculty from CNU and HSC)
  • 2015-2016 Charles Koch Foundation Educational Grant for Roanoke College Economics Reading Group
  • 2014-2015 Roanoke College Teaching Innovation Fellowship
  • 2014-2015 Charles Koch Foundation Educational Grant for Undergraduate Public Choice Seminar (with faculty from CNU and HSC)
  • 2014-2015 Charles Koch Foundation Educational Grant for Roanoke College Economics Reading Group
  • 2013 Cengage "Best in Class - Economics Instruction," 2nd place
  • 2013-2018 John S. Shannon Chair of Economics, Roanoke College
  • 2013-2014 Charles Koch Foundation Educational Grant for Roanoke College Economics Reading Group
  • 2013 Roanoke College Faculty Summer Study Award
  • 2012-2015 Faculty Scholar Award
  • 2012 American Philisophican Society Franklin Grant
  • 2011-2012 VFIC Mednick Memorial Fellowship
  • Summer 2011 Visiting Scholar in Residence, John J. Heldrich Center for Workforce Development, Rutgers University
  • Summer 2010 Visiting Scholar in Residence, John J. Heldrich Center for Workforce Development, Rutgers University

Government Appointments

  • Governor of Virginia's Joint Advisory Board of Economists

Elected Board Membership

  • 2015- , Committee on the Status of Women in the Economics Profession, Liaison 
  • 2014-2017, Virginia Association of Economists, Webmaster
  • 2013-2014, Virginia Association of Economists, President
  • 2012-2013, Virginia Association of Economists, President-elect
  • 2008-2012, Virginia Association of Economists (two terms)
Professional Membership
American Economic Association, International Association for Feminist Economists , Virginia Association of Economists

Books

  • Changing Perceptions and Waistlines: A Bayesian and Behavioral Approach, (2007) Saarbrucken: VDM Publishing House.

Recent Publications

Peer Reviewed Journal Artcles

  • "Gangsters, Scoundrels, and Thieves: Teaching Economics Using Nefarious Historical Characters," Journal of Economic and Financial Education (forthcoming).
  • "Using Twitter to Improve Student Writing," Journal of Economic and Financial Education, Volume 15, 72-77. (with Michael Enz).
  • "Tweeting your way to improved #writing, #reflection, and #community," (2014), Journal of Economic Education, Volume 45, 101-109.
  • "Do as I say and as I do: An Adaptation of McElroy's Mentor Demonstration Model," (2012), Perspectives in Undergraduate Research and Mentoring, 2.1 (with Sara Caudle, Tyler Rinko, and Justin Tuma).
  • "The Wilford Brimley Effect: Diet and Exercise Take on Medicare, Moral Hazard, and the Oatmeal Guy in the Fight Against Type II Diabetes," (2007), Virginia Economic Journal, Volume 13, 17-31.
  • "Predicting Gen Y's Performance in Principles of Economics Courses," (2007) (with Dr. Garry Fleming), Virginia Economic Journal, Volume 12, 1-22.
Op-Eds
  • "Optimizing nursing skills for better veteran care," Washington Times, March 8, 2016.

Published Supplemental Materials

  • PowerPoint Presentations to accompany Rudiger Dornbusch, Stanley Fischer, and Richard Startz (2013), Macroeconomics, 12th edition, Chicago: McGraw-Hill/Irwin.
  • PowerPoint Presentations to accompany Rudiger Dornbusch, Stanley Fischer, and Richard Startz (2011), Macroeconomics, 11th edition, Chicago: McGraw-Hill/Irwin.
  • PowerPoint presentations to accompany Rudiger Dornbusch, Stanley Fischer, and Richard Startz (2007), Macroeconomics, 10th edition, Chicago: McGraw-Hill/Irwin.
  • Test bank to accompany Douglas Bernheim and Michael D. Whinston (2009), Microeconomics 1e, Chicago: McGraw-Hill/Irwin.
Pubished Invited Contributions
  • "The Potential Economic Costs of the Affordable Care Act," The American Middle Class: An Economic Encyclopedia of Progress and Poverty, forthcoming.

Unpublished Work, Working Papers, and Papers Under Review

  • "Promoting Evidence Based Policy Making for Gender Equality in Papua New Guinea," (2015), Asian Development Bank funded internal report with Yana VanderMeulen Rodgers.
  • "Promoting Evidence Based Policy Making for Gender Equality in Papua New Guinea: Policy Brief," with Yana VanderMeulen Rodgers, forthcoming.
  • "Determinants of Student Satisfaction," under review (July 2015).
  • "The Effect of Clinical Depression on Labor Market Outcomes of Young Adults," with William M. Rodgers.
  • "Economic Freedom Scavenger Hunt," with Michael Enz.

Service

Selected College

  • Fall 2016, Resource and Planning Council, Sabbatical Replacement
  • 2015-present, Retirement Plan Committee
  • 2015-2016, Faculty Affairs Committee, Past-Moderator
  • 2014-2015, Faculty Moderator
  • 2013-present, Wellness Council
  • 2012-present, Faculty Marshall
  • 2011-2012, Faculty Advisory Committee
  • 2010-2013, Academic Assessment Committee (Chair Fall 2012 & 2012-2013)
  • 2009-present, Academic Integrity Council
  • 2006-2012, present Faculty Development Committee, Social Science Alternate (two terms)
  • Spring 2006, General Education Group++, Winnowing Committee
  • Fall 2005, General Education Group++, Objectives Group

Selected Departmental

  • SAS Data and Econometric Analysis Joint Certificate Program, Founder and Director
  • Roanomics, Editor
  • Economics Program Blog, Administrator and author
  • Health Care Administration Concentration Coordinator
  • Academic Assessment Coordinator, Economics

Available as a Media resource for the following topics

Labor market, unemployment, obesity, health care, health care reform, discrimination, clinical depression and labor market outcomes, consumer sentiment

Willing to speak to professional, social or civic groups on

Labor market, unemployment, obesity, health care, health care reform, discrimination, clinical depression and labor market outcomes, consumer sentiment

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