Denison economics professor wins national association award
Posted: January 12, 2004
Professor Robin L. Bartlett, Denison's BankOne Chair of Economics, was named the 2003 recipient of the Carolyn Shaw Bell Award during the recent January meeting of the American Economics Association in San Diego, Calif. Presented by the AEA's Committee on the Status of Women in the Economics Profession (CSWEP), the award is given annually to an individual who has furthered the status of women in the economics profession, through example, achievements, increasing our understanding of how women can advance in the economics profession, or mentoring of others.
The Carolyn Shaw Bell Award was created in January 1998 as part of the 25th anniversary celebration of the founding of CSWEP. Bell, the Katharine Coman Chair Professor Emerita of Wellesley College, was the first chair of CSWEP. Previous winners have the award include Alice Rivlin of the Brookings Institution and Margaret Garritsen de Vries, retired from the International Monetary Fund.
Bartlett, who joined the Denison faculty in 1974, chaired CSWEP from 1996 to 2000, was a founding member of the International Association for Feminist Economics, and is a longstanding member of the Committee on Economics Education. One of her award nomination supporters wrote, "Dr. Bartlett has been instrumental in leading the profession towards incorporating women's concerns, women's pedagogy, and multiple approaches to learning into the teaching of economics." She is known for her innovative teaching methods that bring "real world" economic problems to her students. For example, her classroom simulation programs range from asking students to analyze articles they have clipped from the Wall Street Journal, or students being divided into competing law firms in a "Forensic Economics" class, to a "Money and Banking" class in which her students come to class once a month dressed as members of the Federal Reserve's Open Market Committee and make policy recommendations to the Federal Reserve "chair" - who is not Alan Greenspan, but Professor Bartlett.
Bartlett has previously been honored as the "Ohio Professor of the Year" in 1998/99 by the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching and by the Council for the Advancement and Support of Education. She was the 1997 recipient of Denison's Teaching Excellence Award, the 1998 winner of the Henry H. Villard Research Award from the National Council on Economic Education, and the first internal holder of the University's Laura C. Harris Chair.
Last year she received a R.C. Good Fellowship from Denison to pursue a project called "Critical Career Junctures: The Case of Women Economists." It examines four critical junctures Bartlett has identified in a female economist's career. (1. The decision to major in economics at the undergraduate level; 2, the decision to pursue economics at the graduate level; 3. postgraduate placement in Ph.D. granting institutions [rate is falling]; and 4. obtaining tenure[not in proportion to their numbers at the assistant professor level])
A native of Muncie, Ind., Bartlett earned her bachelor's degree in economics and mathematics from the former Western College for Women (1969), now part of Miami University in Oxford, and both her master's (1972) and doctoral (1974) degrees at Michigan State University.
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