Current Faculty


Christopher Douglas

Associate Professor and Department Chair

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, energy economics, public finance, and sports economics.  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, the Journal of Economics (MVEA), and Economic Letters.  He currently serves as co-editor of the Journal of Economic Insight and is the President-Elect of Missouri Valley Economics Association.  Please click here for Dr. Douglas' c.v.


Winter 2020 Office Hours: Sabatical 


Tevfik 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.  Please click here for Dr. Nas' c.v.

Winter 2020 Office Hours:  Monday 4:00pm-5:00pm


Adam Lutzker

Associate Professor

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.


Winter 2020 Office Hours:   Monday 3:00pm-4:00pm


Paula Nas

Lecturer IV

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.


WInter 2020 Office Hours:  Thursday 8:30am-9:30am, or by appointment


William DeFrance

Lecturer II

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.


Winter 2020 Office Hours:  Thursday 3:00-5:00pm


Karen Rapp Schultes

Lecturer II

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.


Winter 2020 Office Hours:  Monday- Friday via email


Ed Derbin

Lecturer I

Ed Derbin came to the University of Michigan-Flint in Fall 2017.  He teaches Principles of Maroeconomics and Principles of Macroeconomics.


Winter 2020 Office Hours:  Tuesday and Thursday 2:00pm-3:00pm, or by appointment


Shree Maitra

Lecturer I

Shree Maitra came to the University of Michigan-Flint in Fall 2013.  She teachings Principles of Macroeconomics and Principles of Microeconomics courses.

Winter 2020 Office Hours: Office hours at DEEP HEC


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Therasa Martin

Academic Advisor

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