Scott P Simkins

Associate Professor/Chair

Scott P Simkins
College of Business & Economics


Merrick Hall 225
B.A.Economics / St. John''s University
Ph.D.Economics / University of Iowa


Dr. Simkins is Chair of the Department of Economics, College of Business and Economics. He has led multiple National Science Foundation projects exploring the use and diffusion of evidence-based teaching innovations in economics, totaling over $1.25 million. His research, focusing primarily on cross-disciplinary pedagogical innovation and systemic change in teaching and learning, has appeared in a variety of book chapters and academic journals. He is co-editor (with Mark Maier) of Just-in-Time Teaching: Across the Disciplines, Across the Academy, (Stylus Publishing, 2009) and served as co-executive editor of College Teaching for ten years.

Research Interests

Economic Education, Diffusion of Pedagogical Innovation, Systemic Change in Higher Education

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Recent Publications

  • Scott Simkins (1994). (Business cycles, trends, and random walks in macroeconomic time series). pp. 977–988. Southern Economic Journal.
  • Scott Simkins (1994). (Do real business cycle models really exhibit business cycle behavior?). (2) 33, pp. 381–404. Journal of Monetary Economics.
  • Scott Simkins (1995). (Forecasting with vector autoregressive (VAR) models subject to business cycle restrictions). (4) 11, pp. 569–583. International Journal of Forecasting.
  • Scott Simkins (1997). (New Classical School of Economics). In David Colander, Tom Cate, and Geoff Harcourt, (Encyclopedia of Keynesian Economics) pp. 476-480. Edward Elgar Publishing.
  • Scott Simkins (1999). (Promoting active-student learning using the World Wide Web in economics courses). (3) 30, pp. 278–287. The Journal of Economic Education.
  • Scott Simkins, Jim Barbour, Andrew Stull (1999). (Surfing for success in economics: A Student’s guide to the Internet, 3rd edition (1996, 1997)). Prentice Hall.
  • Scott Simkins, Stuart Allen (2000). (Pretesting students to improve teaching and learning). (1) 6, pp. 100–112. International Advances in Economic Research.
  • Scott Simkins, Stuart Allen (2001). (Are learning outcomes in economics different at predominantly black and white universities? Lessons fromPrinciples of macroeconomics courses at two schools). (3) 28, pp. 23–39. The Review of Black Political Economy.
  • Scott Simkins (2002). (Lucas Critique). In Howard Vane and Brian Snowdon, (Encyclopedia of Macroeconomics) pp. 440-445. Edward Elgar.
  • Scott Simkins (2002). (Role of Theory and Measurement). In Howard Vane and Brian Snowdon, (Encyclopedia of Macroeconomics) pp. 693-699. Edward Elgar Publishing.
  • Mark Burkey, Scott Simkins (2004). (Factors affecting the location of payday lending and traditional banking services in North Carolina). (2) 34, pp. 191-205. The Review of Regional Studies.
  • Scott Simkins, Mark Maier (2004). (Using just-in-time teaching techniques in the principles of economics course). (4) 22, pp. 444–456. Social Science Computer Review.
  • Scott Simkins, Mark Maier, others (2009). (Using pedagogical change to improve student learning in the economics major). In David Colander and KimMarie McGoldrick, (Educating Economists: The Teagle Discussion) pp. 83-91. Edward Elgar Publishing.
  • Scott Simkins, Mark Maier, KimMarie McGoldrick (2010). (Cooperative Learning and Discipline-Based Pedagogical Innovations: Taking Advantage of Complementarities). In James Cooper and Pamela Robinson, (Small Group Learning in Higher Education: Research and Practice) pp. 139-149. New Forums Press.
  • M Maier, K McGoldrick, Scott Simkins (2010). (Implementing cooperative learning in introductory economics courses). In Barbara Millis, (Cooperative learning in higher education, across the disciplines, across the academy) pp. 157–80. Stylus Publishing.
  • Scott Simkins, Mark Maier (2010). (Just-in-time teaching: Across the disciplines, across the academy). Stylus Publishing.
  • Mark Maier, Scott Simkins (2010). (Using just-in-time teaching in economics). (Just-in-Time Teaching Across the Disciplines and Across the Academy) pp. 129–152. Stylus Publishing.
  • Scott Simkins, Mark Maier (2010). (Using Just-in-Time Teaching (JiTT) in Combination with other Pedagogical Innovations). In Scott Simkins and Mark Maier, (Just-in-Time Teaching Across the Disciplines and Across the Academy) pp. 63-78. Stylus Publishing.
  • Mark Maier, K McGoldrick, Scott Simkins, NL Chick, A Haynie, RA Gurung (2012). (Is there a signature pedagogy in economics). In Nancy Chick, Aeron Haynie, and Regan Gurung, (Exploring More Signature Pedagogies: Approaches to Teaching Disciplinary Habits of Mind) pp. 97–111. Exploring more signature pedagogies: approaches to teaching disciplinary habits of mind. Stylus, Sterling.
  • Mark Maier, Scott Simkins (2012). (Learning from physics education research: lessons for economics education1). In KimMarie McGoldrick and Gail Hoyt, (International Handbook on Teaching and Learning Economics) pp. 384-392. Edward Elgar Publishing, Inc..
  • Mark Maier, KimMarie McGoldrick, Scott Simkins (2012). (Starting point: Pedagogic resources for teaching and learning economics). (2) 43, pp. 215–220. The Journal of Economic Education.
  • Scott Simkins (2012). (Using Just-in-Time Teaching to promote student learning in economics). In KimMarie McGoldrick and Gail Hoyt, (International Handbook on Teaching and Learning Economics) pp. 107–117. Edward Elgar Publishing.
  • Pat Hutchings, Paola Borin, Linda Keesing-Styles, Lynn Martin, Renee Michael, Lauren Scharff, Scott Simkins, Ahmed Ismail (2013). (The Scholarship of Teaching and Learning in an Age of Accountability: Building Bridges). (2) 1, pp. 35-47. Teaching & Learning Inquiry: The ISSOTL Journal.
  • Carmen Werder, Shevell Thibou, Scott Simkins, Karen Hornsby, Kali Legg, Tawanna Franklin (2016). (Co-Inquiry with Students: When Shared Questions Lead the Way). (2) 4, pp. 1–15. Teaching & Learning Inquiry.
  • Katherine Carson, Hiuko Adams, Jimena Gonzalez-Ramirez, Craig Heinicke, James Latham, Mark Maier, C. Malakar, Phil Ruder, Scott Simkins (2021). (Challenges and lessons: Design and implementation of a multi-site evaluation of team-based learning). (3) 52, pp. 241-248. The Journal of Economic Education.
  • Phil Ruder, Mark Maier, Scott Simkins (2021). (Getting started with team-based learning (TBL): An introduction). (3) 52, pp. 220-230. The Journal of Economic Education.
  • Scott Simkins, Mark Maier, Phil Ruder (2021). (Team-based learning (TBL): Putting learning sciences research to work in the economics classroom). (3) 52, pp. 231-240. The Journal of Economic Education.