Monthly Archives: September 2020

Bruce Wydick on Being a Shrewd Samaritan

In this episode, Steven McMullen interviews economist Bruce Wydick about his recent book Shrewd Samaritan: Faith, Economics, and the Road to Loving our Global Neighbor (Thomas Nelson, 2019).

Bruce is a Professor of Economics and the director of the Program in International and Development Economics at the University of San Francisco. He is also affiliated with the Kellogg Institute at the University of Notre Dame, the Center for effective global action at Berkley, and is helping build an institute for poverty and development studies with Westmont College in San Francisco. He is also a founding director of the non-profit Mayan partners.

Wydick is a real leader and exemplar for Christians in the economics profession. His work is focused on improving the lives of those in poverty around the world, and he has made a name for himself as a creative scholar.

In this episode, we talk broadly about what works and what doesn’t work in global economic development. Wydick makes a strong case for holistic interventions that support the whole person, and he aptly connects this approach with his Christian faith.

For a guide to much of Bruce’s work, check out his personal webpage

Here is the study about child sponsorships that we discuss in this conversation, see also a blog post about it at the World Bank.

And finally, a recent paper by Bruce that I have found valuable in my own work.

Gordon College – Job Postings (Economics & Accounting)

ASSISTANT, ASSOCIATE, OR FULL PROFESSOR OF ECONOMICS

The Department of Economics and Business at Gordon College invites applications for a full-time, tenure-track assistant, associate, or full professor appointment with an emphasis in macroeconomics and international economics. Position to begin August 2021. Rank commensurate with experience. Please see the attached announcement for additional information.

ASSISTANT OR ASSOCIATE PROFESSOR OF ACCOUNTING

The Department of Economics and Business at Gordon College invites applications for a full-time, tenure-track assistant or associate professor, or a professor in the practice appointment with a specialization in accounting. Position to begin August 2021. Rank commensurate with experience. Please see the attached announcement for additional information.

Samford University – Job Posting

Samford University’s Brock School of Business invites individuals interested in serving in a Christian university environment to apply for the position of Assistant or Associate Professor within the Economics, Finance & Quantitative Analysis Department. This tenure-track faculty position is a nine-month appointment that will begin in August 2021.

Applicants for this position must exhibit strong teaching skills, be supportive of the University’s mission, and be committed to maintaining an ongoing research effort. The normal teaching load for faculty is 3 courses per semester, and research is required, although research expectations are reasonable and commensurate with the teaching load. Summer teaching and competitive research grants are also available. The ideal candidate will demonstrate the ability and motivation to develop meaningful mentoring relationships with Brock School of Business students both inside and outside the classroom. A commitment to academic excellence and the ability to work effectively and collegially with faculty, students and colleagues is expected. Qualified candidates will hold an earned Doctorate in Statistics, Data Science/Analytics, Information Science, Economics or other closely related field. Successful candidates will demonstrate excellence in teaching and evidence of research productivity. ABDs near completion will be considered.

For a full description of the position:

https://www.samford.edu/employee/faculty-employment-opportunities/Assistant-Associate-Professor-in-Data-Analytics-9-mo-TT.pdf