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2015 Summer Courses and Undergraduate Program Announcements


Summer Session 2015 Economics Course Offerings  For more information click here


In Memoriam: Professor Richard Selden

Selden, Richard T.

Richard Thomas Selden passed away on Thursday, April 2, 2015, two days after celebrating his 93rd birthday, surrounded by his adoring family: his wife, Sue, his brother, Chuck, his children, Phoebe and Tom, his daughter-in- law, Sarah Grantham, his step son, John Casteen IV, daughter-in-law, Laurie Casteen, and his six grandchildren, Marina, Yulia, Lily, Ellie, Luke, and Natalie. He is also survived by his step daughter, Laura Mosca.Dick joined the University of Virginia's Economics Department in 1969, having taught previously at Vanderbilt, Columbia and Cornell, with summer positions at Dartmouth and Stanford. He held the Carter Glass Professorship in Money and Banking and served for many years as Chair of the Economics Department. He taught Economics at U.Va. into his 92nd year, offering a summer 2014 class in post-war banking regulation. He loved The University: Cavalier basketball, his blue and orange tie, the Grounds, the lively discourse with students, and coffee at the Colonnade Club with his many dear friends among the faculty. Dick also served for many years as a Director at First Virginia Bank.Dick was born to Arthur Willis and Florence (Seeley) Selden on March 31, 1922. Third of five brothers, he grew up during the Depression in a small town outside of Pontiac, Michigan, where his father was the junior high principal. He was pre-deceased by three brothers: the eldest, David, was the banjo-playing founding president of the American Federation of Teachers; the second, Willis, served in the Justice Department during the peace movement  in the Vietnam War era and taught journalism at Olivet College, in Michigan; and younger brother, Robert "Babe," who worked in the automotive sector. Youngest brother, Charles Selden is a retired lawyer and bookstore owner residing on the coast of Oregon.After graduating from Pontiac Senior High School in 1940, Dick spent one year at  the University of Chicago before enlisting, in June of 1942, as a private in the Army Air Corps, serving in the   Pacific theater through the end of the war. After the war, he returned to the University of Chicago, graduating in 1948. After earning his M.A. in Economics at Columbia University in 1949, Selden returned to the University of Chicago for his Ph.D. where he studied under his lifelong mentor and friend, Milton Friedman. It was during this  time that Friedman turned his focus toward the role of monetary policy, and an enduring source of pride for Selden was his authorship of one of the chapters in Friedman's seminal volume Studies in the Quantity Theory of Money.After receiving his doctorate in 1954, Selden briefly taught at the University of Massachusetts, where he met his first wife, the late Martha Mathiasen. He later married the late Louise Randolph. Dick swam 200 or more miles annually for 40 straight years. He was a frequent competitor in the Chris Green Lake 2-mile cable swim, winning his age group and becoming national champion several times. He holds course records for the 85-89 and 90-94 age groups. He was also an avid tennis player, maintaining lively friendships on and off the court. A lifelong map collector, Dick kept a keen eye open for dusty finds throughout his extensive world travels, starting from when he was a young man hitchhiking across the country. His love of travel was shared with all family members, taking him across the U.S., Europe, Asia and Australia via all modes of transportation through the end of his life.An award for teaching excellence has been established in his name at the University of Virginia: The Richard T. Selden Award for Excellence in Teaching Economics. Memorial contributions may be directed to the U.Va. Fund, P.O. Box 400314, Charlottesville, VA 22904. Please specify the name of the award with the contribution. A memorial service will be announced in the near future.


From the Daily Progress Obituary, April 13, 2015


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Applicant instructions for Professor of Economics vacancies: Macroeconomics and Microeconomics

Applicant instructions for Professor of Economics opportunities:

Macroeconomics & Microeconomics


Application Instructions

Your application will not be complete until all required documents are available on and you receive a confirmation number for the submission of your Candidate Profile from Jobs@UVA.


All candidates must apply online. Paper and emailed applications will not be considered.

There are two required steps to complete an application:


  1. Register with UVa's employment system: Complete a Candidate Profile through the University of Virginia's employment system, Jobs@UVa, which is located at  To submit your candidate profile, search for posting 0614658 (for macroeconomics) or 0614660 (for microeconomics), and follow the directions.  Do not submit job market materials to Jobs@UVa.  This step should only take a few minutes to complete.

You will receive a confirmation email that contains an applicant code from UVa Jobs@. Insert this code when applying to econjobmarket where you also submit your job market materials (Step 2).

     2.   Submit your job market materials to:

  • Applicants at the assistant professor level should submit a CV, one research paper, and three letters of recommendation. For immediate consideration, please apply by December 1, 2014. The position will remain open until filled.
  • Applicants at the associate and full professor level should submit a CV and contact information for three references. For immediate consideration, please apply by August 28, 2014. The position will remain open until filled.

Questions regarding the application process should be directed to: Joe Earhart,

The University will perform background checks on all new faculty hires prior to making a final offer of employment.

The University of Virginia is an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer. Women, minorities, veterans and persons with disabilities are encouraged to apply.


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We have graduate and ungraduate students that are willing to tutor economics undergraduates. This service is organized by the Economics Graduate Department and Econ Club, respectively. Please note that we make no claims about these graduate students' competency as tutors beyond verifying that they are in at least their second year of graduate work in the Department of Economics. In rare cases, a first-year graduate student may also be permitted to list here. The undergraduate students are recruited through the Econ Club. Again, we make no claims about these undergraduate students' competency. To Find a tutor to help you, click here!

2013 Economics Department Graduation Ceremony

May 19, 2013

Economics Spring 2015 Graduation Information- May 16,2015

For information on the Economics 2015 Graduation please click here

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

Economics Career Office Events for the 2014-2015 spring semester


Date    Time               Program                                                                                                         Location


1/21     6:30 pm           Case Interview Prep Workshop with Bates White Consulting                         Monroe120


1/23     11:00 am         Internship Panel with Economics Majors*                                                        Newcomb Hall Commonwealth


1/30     All Day             Berkeley Research Group Case Competition Presentation                            Preregistration Required


2/6       11:00 am         Career Panel: Economic Development*                                                          Newcomb Hall Commonwealth


2/20     10:00 am         Coffee Chat w/Bloomberg Tax Reporter Marc Heller                                       Monroe 235


2/27     10:00 am         Skype Coffee Chat with Health Policy Advisor, Senate Finance Committee   Monroe 235

                                    Econ alum Katie Meyer Simeon (Econ ’08, Batten MPP ’09)


3/3       5:00 pm           Coffee Chat: Environmental Economics with                                                   Monroe 235

                                    Professor Spencer Phillips


3/5       5:00 pm           Coffee Chat: Marketing and Advertising with                                                     Monroe 235

                                    George Michie, Chief Data Strategist and Co-Founder RKG (M.A. ’90)


3/26     5:30 pm           Career Panel: Entrepreneurship*                                                                      Newcomb Hall Kaleidoscope

                                    Moderated by Professor Beatrice Boulu-Reshef


4/10     11:00 am         Career Panel: Real Estate Careers – Development and Finance                    Newcomb Hall Commonwealth


4/24     11:00 am         Coffee Chat: Graduate School and Life in Academia                                       Monroe 235



All Programs Require Registration through Econnect

(Dates and times may change so check Econnect regularly for updates.)


*Open to All majors, sign up required on ECO Job Board

Economics Career Office Events for the 2014-2015 fall semester:

Fall 2014 Career Panels for Economics Majors (Students, click here to register in Econnect. Registration is required. All programs request at least business casual dress.)
Events are held Fridays at Noon in Monroe 118, except where indicated by an asterisk. Receptions follow in Monroe 120



Corporate Finance (in distinct industries or firms)  


*Investment Banking


Consulting - Economic and Management


Investment Management


Big Data


***Consumer Services (Includes marketing, manufacturing, and supply chain)


Public Policy Research and Think Tanks


***Internship Panel - Current majors speak about their summer internships (open to all A & S students). Consider attending before the UCS job fair the following week.


Government, Non-profit, and Associations


International Development



*This program will be held at 10:00 am in Newcomb Hall South Meeting Room.
**This program will be held on Thursday 10/9 at 6:00 pm in Monroe 116.
***This program will be held in Monroe 124.

Students must register through Econnect to attend.

Employers are welcome to contact the ECO about participating.


The events below are sponsored by the University and other career offices and are open to all students. The ECO encourages all majors to attend these events.

University Career Services, (UCS), provides a career events calendar and links to Career Fairs sponsored by UCS, the McIntire School of Commerce, and the School of Engineering and Applied Science, among others. 

Before and after these events, be sure to refer back to our handy Career Planning Timeline for Economics Majors!

University Career Fairs and Events:











Job Search Resources

Looking for a job? Start here.

Refer to our Job Search Resources for Econ Majors handout as a starting point in your career search! The document includes job databases, guides, and University-specific resources.