Robert A. Poulton PhD
Dean of C.H. Sandage School of Business; Associate Professor of Economics
As an undergraduate at Wittenberg University, I began studying economics as preparation for law school. After my second course though, I was hooked. I loved the way economics allowed me to see the world differently and solve complex problems. I loved that it was the part of the liberal arts that connected to the business world. I soon chose a different path and proceeded to graduate study in economics, where I specialized in industrial organization and public finance. I feel incredibly blessed to have found my passion and to now have a chance to share this passion with my students. My goal every semester is to show the beauty of economics by bringing it to life in the classroom. I accomplish this by giving students the opportunity to experience economic phenomena, through in-class demonstrations, competitive business simulations, case studies, mock courts and economic summits. I believe that life-long learning happens when we are actively engaged in memorable experiences.
As a graduate student instructor at Penn State, I taught classes of over 100 students. Here at Graceland, the small class sizes allow me to get to know my students. I can give them individual tutoring outside of the classroom, help them with their research, serve as their academic advisor, collaborate with their economics club and even compete against them on the basketball court during intramural season! Seeing them grow over their four years and transform into successful career professionals is the most rewarding aspect of my job.