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2013 Economics Department Graduation Ceremony

May 19, 2013

The Secret Life of Ken Elzinga

Professor has written four murder mysteries under a pseudonym


Professor Ken Elzinga would kill to teach you economics. On paper, at least.

The revered U.Va. professor—who has taught more than 40,000  U.Va. students since 1967—has all the while been penning murder mysteries on the side, under the pen name Marshall Jevons, with a protagonist who solves crime using economic theory.....

To read Ms. Jaffee's article, please click here


Career Events

Resources and Links for U.Va. Career Events

In preparation for this semester's career fairs, click here for an ECO PowerPoint slideshow "How to Navigate a Career Fair."


Economics Career Office Events for the 2015-2016 fall semester

Locations are listed in CAVLink and RSVPs are required to attend events

Date             Time                     Program


Multiple events, See CAVLink

On-Grounds Interviewing Prep Week


5PM - 9 PM

Consulting Symposium


8 AM – 11 AM

Case Consulting Practice Sessions *


7 PM – 9 PM

Boutique Finance Night


12 PM - 1:30 PM Corporate Finance Career Panel


6 PM – 7:30 PM

Consumer Goods Career Panel

9/15 10 AM - 12 PM Alumnus in Residence, John Brandberg, P&G
9/16 4:30 PM - 6:00 PM Case Interview Prep Workshop with Accenture


6 PM – 8 PM

Economic & Litigation Consulting Night

9/25 1 PM-1:50 PM Federal Consulting and Government Jobs Talk


12 PM 1:30 PM

Big Data Career Panel


12 PM 1:30 PM

Banking, Trading, Asset Management Career Panel


5:30 PM - 7 PM

Venture Capital & Private Equity 101

11/5 and 11/6 Check CAVLink Global Development Career Day and Recruiting Fair


9 AM - 12 PM

Economics of Water Talk


1 PM – 2 PM

Conservation Career Talk– Public & Private Sector Jobs


6 PM – 8 PM

Law Career Panel (Finance, Environmental & More)

Week of 11/21 TBD Internship Panel (Current third- and fourth-year majors will share their internship search experiences)

* First priority will go to students who have attended the Consulting Symposium on 9/3.

**Tentative, based on guest availability.

ECO programs will be open to all majors after priority registration for economics majors closes two days before the event.

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After Teaching 45,000 Students, Elzinga in a Class By Himself

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It’s likely that Ken Elzinga has impacted more students than any professor in University of Virginia history.

By the spring of 2015, the Robert C. Taylor Professor of Economics had taught nearly 45,000 students. That’s more than the population of Charlottesville, and more than any professor on record at U.Va., according to George Stovall, director of the Office of Institutional Assessment and Studies.

Those numbers stem from more than four decades of teaching one of U.Va.’s largest and most popular courses. The supply of seats in one of Elzinga’s two 500-person “Introduction to Microeconomics” classes never quite seems to meet demand. As for his smaller, 20-person anti-trust seminar, taught in the spring semester, students are advised to request entrance into the class two years ahead of time.

During his 47-year run at the University, Elzinga has become nationally renowned for both his illustrative teaching and his work in the field of economics, and famous for his personal commitments to each of his students outside the classroom.

Ken Elzinga
Photo by Sanjay Suchak

He’s also a man who, at age 73, spends his free time driving street rods, and still water skis every summer. Though that’s a side his students rarely see, there’s always a hint of eccentricity in their otherwise-inconspicuous professor who never seems to run out of brightly colored ties.

Teaching Generations

“Mr. Elzinga is a very humble man, very unassuming. He comes across as a kind older man who is amiable and loves what he does,” said Alyssa Mazenic, a first-year student who took Elzinga’s class last fall. “Coming into the class, I didn’t really know what to expect; I’d never had a course on economics. … But it was better than I expected. I was very impressed with his manner and the way that he was very approachable, and I thought that he really cares about each one of his students.”

Like Mazenic, Howard Siegel, a 1970 graduate of U.Va.’s McIntire School of Commerce, initially was intimidated by the sheer number of students in the classroom when he took Elzinga’s first-ever introductory economics class in 1967, after the new professor had arrived as a freshly minted Ph.D. graduate of Michigan State University. But both found the class, and its teacher, to be one of their favorites.

On the last day of class, Siegel distinctly remembers Elzinga coming up to him in the Old Cabell Hall auditorium and telling Siegel that he was his personal “guide” to see if he was getting his points across. “I'm glad he stayed and enjoys a good reputation,” Siegel wrote in an email.

It’s his relatability, along with excellent teaching, that has made Elzinga so prolific.

He’s said he doesn’t get bored – or in economic terms, the utility he gains from teaching hasn’t diminished with each year. “Students are new every year,” he told the Cavalier Daily in a 2013 interview. “I’d get bored if it were the same group of students for four years, and they’d get bored too. But it’s a real treat to be able to work with young people.”

As generations of students have come to love him, taking his class has become a family affair. Kim and John Hermsmeier, 1985 graduates of the College of Arts & Sciences, both took Elzinga’s class, and two of their three children followed suit.

“My son was so inspired by Mr. Elzinga that he is now majoring in economics,” Kim Hermsmeier said. “My younger daughter has applied early action to U.Va., and it is her hope to take Mr. Elzinga’s economics class next year. She is currently reading my 30-plus-year-old copy of ‘Murder at the Margin.’” Co-written by Elzinga and William L. Breit, an economics professor at Trinity University in San Antonio, Texas under the combined pen name “Marshall Jevons,” the book is one of four economics-centered mystery novels that Elizinga often assigns as reading to his Econ 201 students.

The Hermsmeiers recounted how Elzinga annually invites students without a place to go for Thanksgiving into his home.

“My first thought was to regret that I had a family to go home to, for I would have preferred to hang out with the Elzingas and some fellow Wahoos,” John Hermsmeier said. “Now a generation later, we get a message from our daughter asking if we had plans for Thanksgiving, because she sure would like to go to the Elzingas’!”

A Commitment to Servanthood

Elzinga is heavily engaged in the University community, and specifically the Christian community. In 1976, he co-founded the Center for Christian Study, an education and outreach organization for students, faculty, staff and community members located just outside Grounds on the U.Va. Corner.

“He’s one of the most generous individuals I know, but he does it quietly,” said Shelley Pellish, director of administration and development at the center, which students refer to as “The Stud.”

“He’ll come over and eat with students weekly, and will get to know them and pray with them,” she said. “We’re part of a network of 20 campus ministries [on Grounds], and he speaks at many of them during the semester, and he also travels to speak engagements at other colleges.”

Elzinga also promotes undergraduate research on Grounds through his Marshall Jevons Fund, which gives small grants of up to $1,000 to undergraduate research projects and academic travel in the field of economics.

Perhaps the most telling picture of Elzinga’s commitment to his students is his vow to serve every one who shows up to his famous office hours, which begin early in the afternoon and can stretch until 7 p.m.

“He always makes sure to mention his office hours [every time] we have lecture,” said Elizabeth Hofer, another first-year student who took Elzinga’s class last semester. “When you go, it doesn’t necessarily have to be for help with the material, but it’s for him to get to know you, because he doesn’t have the option to get to know students during class. He makes time every day of the week if it’s possible to get to know students. I think it’s a really great testament to his character.”

She and Mazenic are both continuing their studies in economics this semester, and Mazenic has already decided that she wants to declare her major in the field.

“Mr. Elzinga is the reason why I want to study economics at U.Va,” she said. “He impacts every single student that sits in this auditorium. I hope I can someday be as passionate about my career.”

by Mitchell Powers & Lauren Jones

Economist Seeks to Bring Together ‘Research at the Frontiers’ in Big Data

As the sheer volume of data in a range of computationally intensive fields grows bigger, computer scientists, engineers and researchers from across the disciplines are finding that work involving “big data” increasingly lands at the intersection of disciplines.  Denis Nekipelov, a new associate professor of economics at the University of Virginia, calls it “research at the frontiers.”.....To read more of this article, click here.

Economist Seeks to Make Med School ‘Match Day’ More Efficient, Fair

This month, newly minted doctors and military cadets are leaving the University of Virginia and many other schools for assigned residency and branch assignments around the globe. These movements number in the millions, but most are directed by a simple class of “matching algorithms” – algorithms that one U.Va.-led research team wants to make more efficient and fair.

Peter Troyan, an assistant professor of economics, became interested in the match algorithm while a friend in medical school was anxiously awaiting his residency assignment. Troyan was eager to understand the equation that was driving the next steps of his friend’s life and those of many others worldwide......

For more on this article, click here.