Patrick Conway, Professor of Economics at UNC-Chapel Hill, received the 2019 Kenneth Elzinga Distinguished Teaching Award of the Southern Economic Association in an award ceremony at its annual meeting.
The Elzinga Award is presented each year to an individual who has exhibited extraordinary talent in conveying economic concepts and demonstrated outstanding efforts that have enhanced teaching effectiveness. The award recognizes individuals who have developed innovative instructional methods, teach unusual courses that explore the boundaries of economics, implement interdisciplinary instruction that links economics with other disciplines, and have performed research on how to teach economics effectively or evaluate economic learning.
The award citation stated: “Professor Conway has been a proponent of active-learning techniques in Economics throughout his career, and he has placed special emphasis on the role of the use of cases in promoting critical thinking in undergraduate economics courses. Patrick’s success with the case technique and active-learning techniques in Economics in general has been recognized nationally and internationally.”
Professor Conway is known on our campus for his work as founding director of the Center for Faculty Excellence, his advocacy for instructional innovations, and his teaching of both economics and entrepreneurship classes. He received the William C. Friday/Class of 1986 Award for Excellence in Teaching in 2001 and the Bowman and Gordon Gray Distinguished Professorship in 2007-2012. He is a long-time member of the Order of the Golden Fleece. He served as chair of the Economics Department from 2012 to 2018.
The Elzinga Award is awarded to one honoree annually by the Southern Economic Association. It is named for Kenneth Elzinga, Professor of Economics at the University of Virginia and a legend in economics instruction. The attached picture includes Patrick Conway (on the right) and Kenneth Elzinga (on the left).