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Faculty Spotlight

We are extremely proud of the faculty at Tennessee Tech and appreciate all the do to make this university one of the best! We would like to recognize some of those faculty.


Faculty Game-Changer Award 

Dr. Bedelia Russell presenting award to Dr. Mark MelicharThe inaugural Game Changer Award recipient is Dr. Mark Melichar. The Change-Changer Award is awarded to an individual who models and practices the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning and is invested in true educational change that is both impactful and scalable. The Faculty Game-Changer is who will continue to help move our institution forward through educational practices which support our University Strategic Plan of TN Tech Tomorrow. 

Dr. Melichar is an Assistant Professor in the College of Business and Department of Economics, Finance and Marketing. He is a macroeconomist specializing in time series econometrics and energy. Much of his research focuses on the U.S. state level and regional response to energy price shocks. He has taught classes in Principles of Macroeconomics, Intermediate Macroeconomics, Money & Banking, The Economics of Sports and MBA International Experience. The award was presented at the Spring Workshop: The Missing Link where Dr. Melichar and two other presenters talking about aspects of teaching and learning that may be forgotten, overlooked or undervalued. 

He was chosen to receive this award for his interest in economic education and his use of popular media such as clips from movies, television shows, and music can help students make a deeper and longer lasting connection with course material. He developed a web site called Econ Gone Country where he shows examples of economics in country music. Each video has information about the song including title, artist and lyrics. It also includes the economic concept and details about the concept throughout the song.

Example of Dr. Melichar's web site

Example view of a video on Econ Gone Country