Ryan, who teaches micro- and macro-economics at UNG, has been recognized for teaching excellence by state and national organizations.
I earned the BBA degree in Finance from the University of Miami and the MS degree in Economics from Florida State.
My current responsibilities include teaching micro- and macro-economic courses, advising students, and serving on a variety of committees. I am currently on the Distance Education Executive Board and the Environmental Scan Task Force.
I am interested in the applications of economic principles in the real world. I wish that the Great Recession did not happen but a ‘silver lining’ is the fact that students are showing an enthusiastic interest in macro-economics due to this financial crisis.
I find it gratifying to apply economic concepts to teaching and even University operations. In the future there may be an opportunity to review applied concepts in price elasticity and transactions here at UNG. Also, while serving on the Environmental Scan Task Force, I co-authored the Business and Economic Outlook section that will guide the development of the UNG Strategic Plan.
My highlights at UNG are working with students both inside and outside of classes, developing online courses, and implementing new technologies. I have also been the recipient of the 2009 “Regional Teaching Excellence Award" from the Association of Collegiate Business Schools and Programs and the 2010 “Professor of the Year Award” from the Georgia Association of Economics and Finance.
I hope that all my students gain analytical abilities to break down problems or situations, gain a sense of responsibility and professionalism, and apply economic principles in the real world.