Economics

Faculty and Staff

Mary Rittenhouse

Mary Rittenhouse

Senior Lecturer
Economics
West Center, 252W
(308) 865-8707
rittenhousm1@unk.edu

Biography

Ms. Rittenhouse holds a MBA from the University of Nebraska at Kearney (1997).  She teaches economics courses including contemporary economic issues, macro and microeconomics as well as Money and Banking and BSAD 188 - a general studies portal course.  Ms. Rittenhouse also is the Director for the UNK Center for Economic Education.

Deborah Bridges

Deborah Bridges

Professor
Economics
West Center, 253W
(308) 865-8044
bridgesd@unk.edu

Biography

Dr. Bridges holds the PhD in Agricultural Economics (1994) from Washington State University.  She teaches Contemporary Economic Issues as well as Macroeconomics, Research Methods in Economics and Business; Economics of the Ag Sector; Farm and Ranch Management; Ag Price Analysis; Agricultural Finance and a senior seminar course.  Dr. Bridges has served as faculty assistant to the Senior Vice Chancellor of Academic Affairs and Student Life and Chair of the Department of Economics.   Scholarly work is focused on agricultural issues and closely aligned with teaching assignments within the agribusiness program.

Janet Lear

Janet Lear

Associate Professor - Business Education
Economics
West Center, 261W
(308) 865-8482
learj@unk.edu

Biography

Dr. Lear received her PhD from the University of Nebraska at Lincoln (2007) in Internet-Based Education.  She also holds a Nebraska Teaching Certificate 7-12.  Dr. Lear teaches Introduction to Business; Business Communications; Automated Office Systems; Coordinating Techniques as well as Special Problems in Vocational Education.  She has recently published co-authored articles in Journal of Business and Leadership: Research, Practice and Teaching; Journal of Business Ethics Education; Technology Interface International Journal; Journal of Career and Technical Education.

Bree Dority

Bree Dority

Assistant Professor
Economics
West Center, 301C
(308) 865-8343
doritybl@unk.edu

Biography

Dr. Dority received her PhD from the University of Nebraska at Lincoln (2008).  Dr. Dority teaches Contemporary Economic Issues; Microeconomics; Research Methods in Economics and Business; Intermediate Microeconomics; Money and Banking and Senior Seminar and Business Statistics.  Her research is in applied microeconomics in a variety of topic areas which align with course teaching.

Allan Jenkins

Allan Jenkins

Professor
Economics
West Center, 013N
(308) 865-8461
jenkinsa@unk.edu

Biography

Dr. Jenkins holds the PhD from the University of Nebraska at Lincoln in Economics (1987).    Dr. Jenkins teaches Economics courses in Health Care Economics; Public Finance; Tourism Economics; Contemporary Economic Issues; Principles of Macroeconomics as well as general studies capstone courses.   Dr. Jenkins has recent co-authored refereed journal articles in Policy, Politics and Nursing Practice and Economics & Business Journal:  Inquiries & Perspectives.  He recently completed a major consulting report for the South Dakota hospital association on the impact of the possible expansion of Medicaid (co-research professor Ron Konecny - Professor).

Frank Tenkorang

Frank Tenkorang

Chair - Associate Professor
Economics
West Center, 313C
(308) 865-8573
tenkorangf1@unk.edu

Biography

Dr. Tenkorang holds a PhD from Purdue University (2006) with a major in Agricultural Economics.  Dr. Tenkorang serves as the Chair of the Department of Economics and teaches courses in Contemporary Economic Issues; Principles of Macro and Microeconomics; Research Methods in Economics and Business; intermediate microeconomics; Agricultural Marketing; Economics of the Ag Sector and Farm and Ranch Management.  Dr. Tenkorang has recent co-authored refereed journal articles in the International Business and Economics Research Journall and the National Social Science Journal.  In addition he has co-authored book chapters "Managing IT Human Resources and its Determinants: Considerations for Organizations and Personnel. (IGI Global).

Tommy Eshleman

Tommy Eshleman

Associate Professor
Economics
West Center, 308C
(308) 865-8458
eshlemant@unk.edu

Biography

Dr. Eshleman received his PhD from Oklahoma State University (1994).  Dr. Eshleman teaches courses in Contemporary Economic Issues; Principles of Macroeconomics; Intermediate Macroeconomics and Economics of Transportation.  Dr. Eshleman recently presented at the 2013 Great Plains Economic and Business Conference and has published co-authored journal articles in the Indian Journal of Economics and Business and the National Social Science Journal.

Connie Fie

Connie Fie

Office Associate
Economics
West Center, 300C
(308) 865-8530
fiec@unk.edu

Biography

Ms. Fie holds a Bachelor of Science Degree from Kearney State College (1984) in Human Development and Relationships.  She has worked in the academic setting at the U.S. Naval War College in Newport, R.I. as well as Hastings College in Hastings, Nebraska.