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.
Dr. Madelyn V. 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.
Converse students thrive on the wide variety of Young’s courses, including Harry Potter and the Dismal Science and “Goldbugs, and Silver, and Land Tax, Oh My!”: Literary Economics in The Wizard of Oz.
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.
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 that “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.”
Young holds a PhD in Economics from Georgia State University, an MA in Economics from the University of Notre Dame, and a BA in Economics and English with a Concentration in Writing from Indiana University at South Bend.
PHOTO: SCICU Board of Trustees Chairman Russell Cook, Madelyn Young, and Converse Provost Jeffrey H. Barker