• Jennifer K. Rhoads

    Adjunct Instructor; Economics, Finance, Accounting, and Quantitative Methods Department


    Dr. Jennifer Rhoads is an economist who teaches microeconomics at Hamline University. She is an adjunct instructor at various universities, teaching both in-person and online courses in the following fields: introductory and intermediate microeconomics, health economics, and managerial economics. In addition to teaching undergraduate courses, Dr. Rhoads has taught in the St. Catherine University Doctorate in Nursing Practice program. She also has served as an instructor for the Minnesota Council on Economic Education through the University of Minnesota.

    Dr. Rhoads has a continued interest in teaching innovations that enhance learning in the economics classroom. She completed the Teaching Innovations Program through the American Economic Association Committee on Economic Education. She has published her work on cooperative learning in the Teaching Innovations in Economics: Strategies and Applications for Interactive Instruction book and the Perspectives on Economic Education Research journal, and was asked to enhance the cooperative learning module within the Starting Point: Teaching and Learning Economics website.

    Dr. Rhoads has published her research on state tobacco control policy in the Journal of Health Economics, titled “The Effect of Comprehensive State Tobacco Control Programs on Adult Cigarette Smoking.”

    Dr. Rhoads earned her Ph.D. in Economics from the University of Illinois at Chicago (fields of specialization of health economics and labor economics). She earned her M.A. in Economics from the University of Illinois at Chicago and her B.A. in Economics and Mathematics from Denison University.

    Teaching Style

    Dr. Rhoads challenges her students to identify and apply economic concepts in their everyday lives. Once students have made this connection, enthusiasm builds and the stage is set for learning. In terms of specific learning strategies, Dr. Rhoads enjoys implementing active learning strategies whenever possible, such as cooperative learning, context-rich problems and experiments/simulations.

    “I aim to guide my students in fine-tuning a life-long learning process of being able to identify economic applications in their own everyday lives and use the knowledge they gain in the classroom to become active participants in society.”

    -Jennifer Rhoads