- Discipline: Economics
- Organization: Northern Michigan University
Dr. Tawni Hunt Ferrarini, Sam M. Cohodas professor of economics at Northern Michigan University (NMU), researches how to successfully employ technology in college and high school economics courses and K-12 economic education workshops. Regionally she is recognized for her work on the economy of the Upper Peninsula as evidenced by her 2009 Distinguished Faculty Award at NMU. Nationally and internationally, her work on CommonSenseEconomics.com, Econ4u.org and workshops related to the materials and activities hosted on the sites and connected to them move around the globe.
Ferrarini is also the co-director for NMU’s Center for Economic Education and Entrepreneurship, an outreach program established to promote the advancement of economic literacy and entrepreneurship across the Upper Peninsula of Michigan. She now directs the most active center within the Michigan Council on Economic Education. For this work and accomplishments related to the profession of economics, she received the 2009 Michigan Economic Educator of the Year Award, the 2009 National Association of Economic Educator’s Abbejean Kehler Technology Award, and the NAEE 2002-03 Rookie of the Year. Dr. Ferrarini is been widely published in both education and economic journals, she has presented at more than two dozen professional conferences and she writes op-eds for newspapers in the U.S.