Economics Faculty and Staff
Judy Bedore has served the economics department for over 20 years. Because of her ongoing service to the Economics Club, she received a humanitarian service medal in 1993. In 2007, she was awarded the Margaret Rogers Award for outstanding performance by a staff member in the College of Arts and Sciences.
Adam Lutzker came to the University of Michigan - Flint in 1999. He earned his B.A. from the University of Maryland and his Ph.D. from the University of Michigan - Ann Arbor. He teaches courses in Labor Economics, Global Economics, Law and Economics, History of Economic Thought, World Economic History, and American Economic History. Dr. Lutzker also teaches in the Master of Arts in Social Science Program, an interdisciplinary program aimed at providing courses that allow teachers to incorporate social studies content across the curriculum. His research interests are in the history of economic thought and macroeconomic theory. Dr. Lutzker is currently completing a book entitled Economics and Social Theory, which will be published by Routledge.
Tevfik F. Nas
Tevfik F. Nas joined the Economics Department in 1982. He obtained his B.S. from Middle East Technical University, Turkey and his M.B.A. and Ph.D. from Florida State University. He teaches courses in Intermediate Macroeconomic Theory, Money and Banking, and Cost-Benefit Analysis. He is the author of several books and journal articles on the Turkish economy, the European Union, cost-benefit analysis, and public policy issues.
Christopher Douglas came to the University of Michigan-Flint in 2006. He earned his B.S. in Electrical Engineering and his B.S. in Economics from Michigan Technological University in 2001, and his Ph.D. in Economics from Michigan State University in 2007. Dr. Douglas teaches Principles of Microeconomics, Principles of Macroeconomics, International Economics, Public Finance, and Sports Economics. He also teaches a course in quantitative methods and econometrics in the Masters of Public Administration program. Dr. Douglas' research interests include applied macroeconomics, econometrics, international finance, and industrial organization. He has published his research in outlets such as the Journal of Applied Econometrics, the Journal of International Financial Markets, Institutions, and Money, Energy Economics, the Oxford Review of Economic Policy, and the Journal of Economics.
Amelia Biehl came to the University of Michigan-Flint in 2008. She earned a B.S. in Mathematics and a B.S. in Economics from Eastern Michigan University, as well as a M.S. and Ph.D. in Economics from the University of Kentucky. Dr. Biehl teaches Principles of Microeconomics, Industrial Economics, Urban Economics, Environmental Economics and Labor Economics. Dr. Biehl’s research interests include urban economics, public economics, and entrepreneurship.
Paula L. Nas
Paula Nas came to the University of Michigan - Flint in 1995 after receiving her B.A. from the University of Michigan - Flint, her M.A. from Michigan State University and her J.D. from Wayne State University. She currently teaches courses in Principles of Macroeconomics, Principles of Microeconomics, Intermediate Microeconomics, Law and Economics, and Economics for Education.
William DeFrance first came to University of Michigan-Flint in 2003. He earned his B.A. in Economics from Youngstown State University, his M.A. in Economics from Cleveland State University, and both his M.A. in Sports Administration and his Ed.D. in Educational Leadership from Wayne State University. He has taught at the college level for 29 years. He teaches Principles of Macroeconomics and Principles of Microeconomics. He is the Superintendent of Eaton Rapids Public Schools.
Karen Rapp Schultes
Karen Rapp Schultes came to the University of Michigan-Flint in 2008 after teaching Business Economics and Finance for twenty years at the University of Michigan-Dearborn. She earned a B.A. in Economics and English from the University of Rhode Island and an M.A. in Economics and Finance from the Pennsylvania State University. She currently teaches Principles of Macroeconomics and Principles of Microeconomics. Prior to teaching, Karen worked as a corporate economist for five Fortune 500 companies as well as the U.S. League of Savings in Chicago. She currently manages her own consulting firm and is vice president of a property management company.
David A. Dieterle currently serves as Chief Academic Officer, Michigan Council on Economic Education and Director, Walsh College Center for Economic Education. He is Adjunct Professor in the Economics and Finance Department at Walsh College and Lecturer at University of Michigan-Flint. Dr. Dieterle is National Teaching Fellow for the Foundation for Teaching Economics and a writer for ABC-CLIO Publishers. Most recently, Dr. Dieterle was a co-author of Social Studies In Our Nation’s High Schools: A National Random Survey of Social Studies Teachers’ Professional Opinions, Values, and Classroom Practices (A Vital Issues Session at the 2009 National Council for the Social Studies Conference). David taught in Michigan Public Schools for eleven years. He previously taught Economics at Central Michigan, Edgewood College, Northern Illinois, and University of Cincinnati. David consulted with Michigan, Illinois, and Nebraska departments of education, Learning to Give, Junior Achievement, and Goodwill Industries of Northern Michigan. His writings have appeared in Social Education, Newspaper In Education (Chicago Tribune, Detroit Free Press), Southwest Publishing (Economic Experiences), Economics for the Clergy, and Foundation for Investor Education. In 2004, Dr. Dieterle presented a paper to the Zambian Ministry of Education proposing a national curriculum to include economic and entrepreneurship education in their national teacher preparation programs.