Sharmistha (Shar) Self

Head of Finance and Economics




Education

Ph.D. (Economics) Southern Illinois University; M.A. (Economics) Jadavpur University, India; B.A Jadavpur University, India.


Teaching Interests

Principles of Macroeconomics, Economic Development, Economics of Social Issues


Research Interests

Economic Development, Economics of Health, Education, and Welfare, Gender Economics, Asian Economics, Agricultural Economics


Responsibilities

The department head has administrative and evaluative responsibilities for the faculty in the Economics and Finance departments. This includes annually evaluating faculty on their tripartite missions of teaching, research, and service and making salary recommendations. In addition, department heads are responsible for overseeing the search process by which new faculty are hired and making tenure and promotion recommendations on existing faculty. As the department head, Self is also responsible for overseeing the curricular process in the department and also creating the teaching schedule for each semester including the three months for each summer session.


Professional Accomplishments

Shar Self received her Ph.D. in Economics in 2002 and has taught at St. John’s University (Minnesota) and Missouri State University (Missouri) before she joined University of Northern Iowa in the summer of 2017. She has been an active researcher and has published numerous journal articles in journals such as the Journal of Asian Economics, Applied Economics, Journal of Economic Development,  Oxford Development Studies, Journal of Economics, International Journal of Social Economics, Journal of Economic Education to name a few. In addition she has co-authored two editions of a scholarly text book, Economic Development: A Regional, Historical, and Institutional Approach as well as another textbook The Economics of Social Issues and presented papers at national, international, and regional research conferences. She assumed her role as the Head of the Department of Economics in 2017. She is also the current head of the Finance Department.


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