School of Business and Leadership

rochelle ruffer in china

Dr. Ruffer at the Great Wall of China with Nazareth students and faculty members Yuanting Zhao and Nevan Fisher.

Economics of life

"I love economics because it is applicable to everyday life. Economists believe there is no such thing as a free lunch, and that simply means that every choice we make has a cost associated with it. The study of these decisions leads to interesting applications in social sciences as well as business fields. I have researched social issues like poverty to try and formulate remedies; economics gives me tools to think broadly, analyze, and seek solutions."

Loving the classroom

"I love being around people who are excited about economics and you won't find that more than in the classroom. Because I love teaching, my research has also centered around teaching economics, starting with the Carnegie Academy for the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning in 2001-2002. Since then, I have participated in multiple grants funded by the National Science Foundation to pilot different methodologies and technology.

To this day, I try to find exciting new ways to present economics to students, including active learning, group work, or the latest up-to-date data and news."

Student Perspective

“Dr. Ruffer always challenged me to go the extra mile both inside and outside of the classroom. The faith she had in me and my abilities encouraged me to pursue new opportunities and helped me get an internship (which turned into a full-time job). The work I did in her classes provided me with the research background and skills needed to succeed in my internship and beyond. Though her classes were never easy, I became a better student, and employee, as a result of them.”

— Anna Vitale ‘16, Manning and Napier

My favorite courses

"I love to teach at all levels, but I especially love teaching the Senior Seminar and seeing students — at the end of their economics coursework — create a question, collect data, and analyze the data to try to answer their research question.
On a regular basis, my favorite course is principles of microeconomics, where students first learn economic theory. I especially get excited when I see some students realize that they, too, love economics."


Life's Work

“We want all of our School of Business and Leadership students to have the skills and knowledge to go out and be productive citizens. It’s not about just getting a job but preparing for your whole life. You get that first job, but how does that first job grow into something else?”

What students receive

“You will have a set of tools that you gained during your time here: How to ask questions, how to think critically, how to present yourself, how to communicate, and how to think entrepreneurially. We want to create that foundation so you are able to do well and continue pursuing your life’s work.”

Rochelle Ruffer with award-winning student

Long-term connections

“We are grooming our future network of colleagues, and our students become assets to the program. I survey our seniors before graduation and they comment on how connected they feel to their professors. Our alums come back as guest speakers and work with current students as their interns.”  

Research and grants
Other roles on campus

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