James Heintz

Professor, Economics

Summer 2018 Innovation Fellow

Fellowship Project & Instructional Interests

James Heintz has worked on a wide range of economic policy issues, including job creation, global labor standards, the distributive consequences of macroeconomic policies, and the intersection between economics and human rights. He has worked on collaborative projects with numerous national and international institutions, including the Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights, the International Labor Organization, the United Nations Economic Commission for Africa, the United Nations Development Program, the Human Development Report Office, the South African Human Rights Commission, the International Development Research Center (Canada), and UN-Women.

For the purposes of the symposium, he is interested in enhancing the effectiveness of his teaching and the students’ experiences in two undergraduate courses: (1) a large (150 student) upper-level, lecture-format course – Money and Banking and (2) a new upper-level, team-based learning course – Economics and Ethics – with about 60 students. A primary challenge for the traditional lecture course is how to improve students’ engagement and to diversify their learning experiences, given the traditional structure of this course. The team-based learning course on ethical issues in economics was piloted in Spring 2018. It was quite successful, but there is still plenty of room to improve the use of technology and pedagogical techniques in this kind of class. The course will become a regular offering of the Department Economics and the symposium could help generate ideas of how to revise the course to make it a better experience for students.