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Converse Professor Receives SCICU Excellence In Teaching Award

May 03, 2018 12:13PM ● By Kathleen Maris

Photo: SCICU Board of Trustees Chairman Russell Cook, Madelyn Young, and Converse Provost Jeffrey H. Barker.

Dr. Madelyn Young was honored among the state’s top professors from South Carolina Independent Colleges and Universities (SCICU) member institutions as recipient of the 2018 Excellence In Teaching Award. This is the 13th year that SCICU has recognized top faculty members for their vast achievements at their respective colleges and universities.

The twenty Excellence In Teaching award recipients represent a diversity of academic disciplines and bring a wealth of knowledge, compassion, and enthusiasm to the students attending SCICU‘s member colleges and universities throughout South Carolina.

Young is an associate professor of economics and former chair of the Economics, Accounting and Business Department at Converse College. She works in the areas of labor and urban economics, economic pedagogy, and social entrepreneurship, publishing in economics, leadership, and popular and American culture journals. Most recently, her work on Harry Potter and labor economics theory appeared in the book Harry Potter for Nerds, Vol. II.

Young has led students on international study programs in Europe, North Africa, Central America, and Asia. She has taught as a visiting scholar at the University of Iceland in Reykjavik, Fukushima College in Japan, and at the College of Economics and Technology at Anhui Agricultural University, in Hefei, China.

“Dr. Young is passionate about teaching in ways that connect, engage, and excite students,” said President Krista Newkirk. “She strives to ensure that each student is presented the knowledge they need in a way that makes learning relatable and fun.”

Provost Jeffrey H. Barker adds, “She finds innovative ways to show students how economics plays a vital role in their lives, using popular culture and examples from around the world.”