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Steven Balassi  |  Interests  |  Scholarship  |  Service  

Education:

  • Doctor of Business Administration emphasis in Economics, Golden Gate University , 2007
  • MBA Business Administration, Saint Mary's College of California\, 2002
  • B.A. Management, Sonoma State Univeristy , 1993

Teaching Experience:

  • Adjunct - Diablo Valley College (December 2005 - November 2008)
  • Professor - Napa Valley College (November 2005 - Present)
  • Adjunct - St. Mary's College of California (April 2004 - Present)
  • Associate Professor/MBA Chair - John F. Kennedy University (January 2004 - January 2009)
  • Adjunct - Sierra Nevada College (April 2003 - May 2004)

Professional Experience:

  • Commissioner - City of Vallejo's Economic Development Commission (February 2002 - May 2003)
  • Senior Financial Analyst - Charles Schwab (July 2000 - July 2001)

Research Experience:

  • Editorial Board - Asian Forum on Business Education (January 2012 - Present)
  • Editorial Review Board - Scientific Journals International (November 2007 - Present)

Other Experience:

Grant:

  • Starting Point: Teaching Economics - National Science Foundation
    Starting Point: Teaching Economics is a National Science Foundation funded project (DUE 0817382) that is being developed in collaboration with the Science Education Resource Center (SERC) at Carleton College (MN) and will build on their successful Pedagogic Services framework that makes pedagogical modules accessible to practitioners across disciplines via a central pedagogic database. Starting Point is an economics pedagogic portal that seeks to: •Introduce economists to innovative teaching strategies developed both within and beyond the discipline of economics. We are especially interested in promoting cross-disciplinary adoption and adaptation of research-based teaching/learning practices. •Provide instructors with the tools to begin integrating and assessing these teaching strategies in their own classrooms. Each teaching strategy included in the portal will include background knowledge about the strategy and how best to use it, reasons for using the strategy, and examples illustrating the teaching strategy in practice. •Promote the sharing of teaching innovations among instructors. The Starting Point site will encourage instructors to submit classroom-based examples illustrating the use of the teaching strategies included on the site for review and cataloging.

Presentations:

Selected Presentations

  • Chair. Balassi, Steven (other-Session- Topics in Economic Education)
    Western Economic Association International
    (July 02, 2012)
  • Chair. Balassi, Steven (other-Session-Economics Education 1)
    Western Economic Association International
    (June 30, 2012)
  • Comprehensive Assessment in Economics Education. Balassi, Steven J. (paper)
    West-Coast Annual Economics Teaching Conference
    (April 2010)
  • Do Online Homework Tools Improve Student Results in Microeconomic Principle Courses?. Balassi, Steven J. and Lee, William (paper)
    American Economic Associaiton
    (January 03, 2010)
  • Creating an Engaging and Relevant Classroom Environment. Balassi, Steven J. (poster)
    American Economic Association
    (January 04, 2009)

Conferences

  • Chair. Balassi, Steven (other-Session-Education: Finance, Policy and Outcomes)
    Western Economic Association International
    (July 03, 2012)
  • Discussant. Balassi, Steven (other-Session- Topics in Economic Education “A Simple Model of Entrepreneurship for Principles of Economics Courses”)
    Western Economic Association International
    (July 02, 2012)
  • Session Organizer. Balassi, Steven (other-Session- Using Experiments and Group Projects)
    National Conference on Teaching Economics and Research in Economic Education
    (June 02, 2011)
  • Session Organizer. Balassi, Steven (other-Session- Innovative Teaching Techniques)
    National Conference on Teaching Economics and Research in Economic Education
    (June 01, 2011)
  • Discussant. Balassi, Steven (other-Session- Interactive Teaching and Learning in College Economics: Perspectives from Economists “In-Class vs. Online Experiments: Is There a Difference?” “Teaching with Case Studies…Hyperinflation: What can Zimbabwe Teach Us?” “Do Daily Clicker Questions Predict Course Performance?”)
    American Economic Association
    (January 08, 2011)
  • Session Organizer. Balassi, Steven (other-Session- Assessment Tools and the Teaching Innovations Program)
    Western Economic Association
    (July 02, 2010)
  • Discussant. Balassi, Steven (other-Session- Starting Point Economics: A Source for Pedagogical Resources “Interactive Lecture Demonstrations”)
    Western Economic Association International
    (July 02, 2010)

Interviews

  • Balassi, Steven (interview or commentator, other-Napa Valley Register interview)
    “Unemployment Rate Continues to Decline Locally”
    (October 21, 2011)
  • Balassi, Steven (interview or commentator, other-Napa Valley Register interview)
    Report: Sales tax figures inch up
    (October 07, 2011)
  • CSPAN Interview. Balassi, Steven (interview or commentator)
    (January 19, 2009)

Invited

  • Balassi, Steven (invited)
    Sustainability Book Club
    Invited to the Carolyn Parr Nature Center “Sustainability Book Club” to lead a discussion on, The Necessary Revolution, by Peter Senge and others
    (August 23, 2011)

Panels

  • Panelist. Balassi, Steven (panel or forum member, other-Session- Supporting Economics Instruction at Community Colleges: A Planning Workshop)
    Wester Economic Association International
    (June 30, 2012)

Refereed Conference Presentations

  • An Experimental Test of Own-Sex Discrimination on Economics Examinations. Balassi, Steven (paper)
    Western Economic Association International 87th Annual Conference
    (July 02, 2012)
  • Does Adding Intermediate Algebra as a Prerequisite for Economics Principles Courses Improve Student Success?. Balassi, Steven, Courtney, Richard and Lee, William (paper)
    American Economic Association Research on College and University Economic Education session
    (January 06, 2012)

Publications:

  • Balassi, Steven J. 2012. DOES ADDING INTERMEDIATE ALGEBRA AS A PREREQUISITE FOR ECONOMICS PRINCIPLES COURSES IMPROVE STUDENT SUCCESS?, Asian Forum on Business Education Journal
  • Balassi, Steven J. 2012. Comprehensive Assessment in Economics Education, Asian Forum on Business Education Journal
  • Balassi, Steven J., Lee, William and Courtney, Richard. May 2010. Do Online Homework Tools Improve Student Results in Microeconomic Principle Courses?, American Economic Review
  • Balassi, Steven J. January 04, 2009. Creating an Engaging and Relevant Classroom Environment, American Economic Association Conference Paper
  • July 2008. Reducing California's Income Inequality Gap, Journal of Economics, Banking and Finance, vol. 2, issue 2
  • Balassi, Steven J. January 2008. How California Creates Greater Income Inequality for Itself, Journal of Business and Public Affairs, vol. 2, issue 1
  • Balassi, Steven J. September 2007. The Effect of United States Fiscal Policies on California's Poverty Levels, Journal of Business and Public Affairs, vol. 1, issue 1
  • March 2007. Poverty and Fiscal Policy: An Exploratory Analysis of Determinates of Poverty in California, Dissertation
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