Cindy Clement, Director of Undergraduate Studies in Economics since 2006, teaches various courses and carries out a variety of tasks to strengthen and improve the undergraduate program, including curriculum design and assessment, hiring and mentoring professional faculty and graduate student instructors, supervising academic advisors and supporting economics faculty with expertise in learning technologies and university policies. She serves on the University Senate's PCC committee and on the GenEd Math and Analytic Reasoning and Scholarship in Practice Faculty Boards.  In fall 2015 she was awarded the Kirwan Undergraduate Award for exceptional contributions to the quality of undergraduate education at the university.  Prior to taking on the position of undergraduate studies director, she was a faculty research associate for 9 years. In that capacity, she authored assessments of legal and economic policy institutions in various developing countries, designed workshops for both domestic and foreign policymakers, contributed to development of new methodologies for measuring corruption, and managed a team of lawyers and economists and development projects around the world.

Degrees

  • Degree Type
    PhD
    Degree Details
    Economics, University of Maryland, 1997
  • Degree Type
    MA
    Degree Details
    Economics, University of Maryland, 1987
  • Degree Type
    BA
    Degree Details
    Economics, Smith College, 1984
TEACHING PHILOSOPHY

I consider myself to be a practical person. I like to solve problems. At any given time, I have various projects underway at work, at church, and at home, all aimed at improving specific outcomes of one form or another. The more complicated the problem, the more encompassing the project, the better. I like the whole process—figuring out all the specific variables, testing possible solutions, implementing changes, evaluating progress, experiencing the results. Of course, unforeseen issues and frustrating set-backs will occur along the way, but if it was easy, the problem or project at hand likely would not be worth much effort. I am happiest when I’ve just finished a project and already have another underway or lined up to tackle next.

Teaching is like solving a complicated problem or working on a big project. What does any one set of students need to know? How much do they already know about this subject? Do they understand why they need to know this particular content? How can they be motivated to meet a high standard? What skills do they bring to the learning endeavor? Which skills do they need to practice? How can I communicate most effectively to people with different interests and backgrounds? What blend of encouragement and constructive criticism will prompt the best learning outcomes?

Before each semester when I plan for a particular course, I ask myself these questions. The fact that I’ve studied this subject, worked in this field, and taught this material before is only a starting point. A good starting point, to be sure, but I am not satisfied to rest on past successes, and I want to learn from past mistakes. I believe the next set of students deserves personalized attention and a fresh perspective. The objectives I set for their learning should be relevant to their situations to the extent possible, and the activities I ask them to carry out should be useful for more than just determining course grades.
Course Name Course Title Semester Syllabus
ECON386 Experiential Learning Fall 2017
ECON488K Applied Market Research Practicum; Kaulkin Ginsberg Research Fellow Fall 2017
ECON386 Experiential Learning Summer 2017 II
ECON386 Experiential Learning Spring 2017
ECON155 Economics & the College Affordability Crisis Spring 2017
ECON386 Experiential Learning Fall 2016
ECON461 Economics of Regulation and Anti-trust Fall 2016 Syllabus
ECON488K Applied Market Research Practicum; Kaulkin Ginsberg Research Fellow Fall 2016
ECON386 Experiential Learning Summer 2016 I
ECON386 Experiential Learning Spring 2016
ECON461 Economics of Regulation and Anti-trust Spring 2016
ECON488K Applied Market Research Practicum; Kaulkin Ginsberg Research Fellow Spring 2016
ECON200 Principles of Micro-Economics Fall 2015 Syllabus
Cindy Clement
3108B Tydings Hall
Department of Economics
Email
cclement [at] umd.edu
Office Hours
email cclement@umd.edu for appointment