Jean Shackelford P'98 Department of Economics
1975–2011 • 36 years


Professor of Economics Jean Shackelford is trying to figure out what to do next.

"I retired without any big overall game plan," Shackelford says. "There are way too many books I want to read, way too many places I want to go and way too many things I want to do."

Long regarded by students as a passionate and precise educator, Shackelford ran the gamut: Over the years, she taught everything from the introductory course Principles of Economics, to Money and Banking, to the Capstone course Capitalism in Economic Thought.

Among her numerous accomplishments, she co-authored Economics: A Tool for Understanding Society, with colleagues Steve Stamos and Geoff Schneider — a widely used text that is now in its ninth edition.

She also has taken a great interest in technology and digital economy. A self-admitted technology junkie, Shackelford spent the past semester in England, working with students in the Engineering 290 course, Engineering in a Global/Societal Context. She described that experience, which allowed her to apply her economic perspectives to some of the University's brightest engineering students, as in a word: "incredible."

And that's exactly what she was hoping for. "I went out on a high — I had just a fabulous year at Bucknell," she says. "It's great to look back and say you enjoyed it as much in the last class you taught as the first class you taught."

Speaking from England, Shackelford reflected on her years at the University. "Bucknell opened a world to me," she says. "It opened my eyes to areas I wouldn't have explored or people I wouldn't have worked with. I have friends all over the world now because of teaching economics at Bucknell."

As she looks ahead, Shackelford plans on pursuing more academic projects, and says she'll write more, if she feels compelled to do so. She says that, most of all, she will miss her students. "Teaching is what kept me going, and kept me getting up in the morning," she says. "I had fun doing research, but I really, really enjoyed working with students."

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