Liberty and the Art of Teaching Workshop
Howard Baetjer Jr. is a Lecturer in the Department of Economics at Towson University in Baltimore, Maryland, where he teaches courses in microeconomics, comparative economic systems, and money and banking. He is currently working on a book explaining why fully free markets would work better for everybody than our current mixed economy. Dr. Baetjer is also a frequent faculty member at IHS Summer Seminars.
Dr. Baetjer earned a B.A. in psychology from Princeton in 1974, an M.Litt. in English literature from the University of Edinburgh in 1980, an M.A. in political science from Boston College in 1984, and a Ph.D. in economics from George Mason University in 1993. His dissertation, written under the direction of Professor Don Lavoie, was published as Software as Capital: an Economic Perspective on Software Engineering by IEEE Computer Society in 1998.
Baetjer is also a founding trustee of Children's Scholarship Fund Baltimore, which, since 1999, has provided partial scholarships to more than 6100 low-income Baltimore children, to help them attend private and parochial schools their parents choose.
Dr. Baetjer's favorite recreational activities are skiing and sailing. He lives in Baltimore with his wife Susan, an attorney.
Dirk Mateer is a Senior Lecturer and Co-Director of the Undergraduate Program in Economics at Penn State University. He earned his Ph.D. in economics from Florida State University in 1991, and is a frequent presenter at teaching workshops and conferences. His research has appeared in the Journal of Economic Education as well as other journals and focuses on media-enriched learning. He is the author of Economics in the Movies and he is currently working on a principles of economics textbook, tentatively titled, The Economics Encounter, for Norton Publishers.
Dirk is also an award-winning instructor. Most notably, he has been featured in the "Great Teachers in Economics" series put out by the Stavros Economic Education Center. He was also the inaugural winner of the Economic Communicator Contest sponsored by the Association of Private Enterprise Education. At Penn State, he has received special recognition as an influential first-year instructor, served on the faculty homecoming court, been recognized by the Department of Economics for outstanding teaching in four separate courses, earned the College of Liberal Arts award for outstanding teaching, and voted the best overall teacher in the Smeal College.
James Stacey Taylor is currently an associate professor at The College of New Jersey. He spends a lot of time thinking and writing about autonomy - an area of philosophy that helps us understand when individuals are truly motivated by their own concerns, hopes, desires, and wills.
A transplant from Scotland to the United States, he earned his PhD from Bowling Green State University. Professor Taylor has amassed an enviable publishing record in the Journal of Value Inquiry, Philosophical Quarterly, and Eidos.
He is editor of Personal Autonomy: New Essays (Cambridge University Press, 2005) and author of Stakes and Kidneys: Why Markets in Human Body Parts are Morally Imperative (Ashgate, 2005), monograph on the moral and ethical implications of kidney sales.
Taylor also works in an area of ethics which seeks to apply moral and ethical lessons from philosophy to real world questions. For instance, his work on autonomy helps physicians understand when patients' decisions about their own care are truly their own and ought to be respected.
Professor Taylor benefited from a range of IHS programs during his graduate school years - funding helped him attend various academic conferences where he was able to network with leading philosophers and present his own work, scholarship money helped Taylor complete his Ph.D. more quickly, and discussion colloquia and seminars helped him think through ideas related to his research. Taylor frequently teaches at IHS Summer Seminars and lectures on LearnLiberty.org.