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Dr. Malcolm O. Asadoorian III , new Vice President of Academic Affairs

I am very pleased to announce the completion of our year-long Academic Affairs search with the appointment of Malcolm O. Asadoorian III, Ph.D., current Academic Dean of the Regis College School of Liberal Arts, Education, and Social Sciences (SLAESS), as Vice President, Academic Affairs, effective immediately. Dr. Asadoorian will conduct both offices until we complete a search for a new Academic Dean for SLAESS.
Dr. AAsadoorian_Malcolmsadoorian came to Regis from Lynn University in Boca Raton, Florida, in 2012, where he had served as a Professor of Economics in the College of Liberal Education and the College of Business and Management as well as Associate Dean for Assessment and Faculty Development in the Office of Academic Affairs. Other roles he fulfilled at Lynn include Vice-Chair of the Academic Council; Faculty Coordinator for Student Learning; Chair of the Center for Interdisciplinary Programs; and Co-Chair of the Academic Assessment Committee. He also led the College of Business and Management’s entire re-accreditation process and the Carnegie Project on the Education Doctorate (CPED), serving as an Advisory Board member contributing to the design and implementation of Lynn’s Ed.D. program.
In the past two years, Regis faculty in the School of Liberal Arts, Education and Social Sciences have met a leader transforming and advancing the School. This year’s search committee, as well as faculty and staff throughout Regis, have widely and strongly recommended Dr. Asadoorian to the position of Vice President. In addition to taking an active part in our strategic planning, in this short time Dr. Asadoorian has developed and launched SLAESS’s first doctoral program, the Ed.D. in Higher Education Leadership, and carefully shepherded the Master of Arts in Professional Writing program scheduled to launch in January. He has steadily and creatively worked with all his faculty to cultivate interdisciplinarity by generating several new programs connecting related departments. Additionally, working closely with Dr. Penelope Glynn, Ph.D., RN, Dean of the School of Nursing, Science, and Health Professions (SNSHP), Dr. Asadoorian has opened up regular paths of collaboration and solidarity between the two Schools and actively promoted systematic faculty development. ealth ProfessHea

“These two years at Regis have been a time of dedicated and incredibly satisfying hard work for me,” Dr. Asadoorian has noted, “in which I have been privileged to get to know Regis faculty and their faithful dedication to teaching and learning. I am very pleased to be named to this new post, which puts me in position to express my enthusiasm for Regis and transmit my energy across our university as it moves into the world of digital pedagogy and the arts and sciences revolutions of our century.” Dr. Asadoorian earned his Ph.D. in Economics from Clark University in Worcester, MA, with a dissertation that integrated geographical information system (GIS) spatial data with economic modeling techniques to study environmental awareness, inequities, and justice. He completed his Master’s in Economics at Clark after having graduated summa cum laude from Assumption College with majors in both Economics and Computer Science.
Prior to his appointment at Lynn, Dr. Asadoorian served as a Post-Doctoral Research Associate Professor in the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) Joint Program on the Science and Policy of Global Change; Visiting Associate Professor & Interim Director of Boston Continuing Education at Fisher College; and Associate Professor, Division of Business, Law and Public Policy at Anna Maria College. He is a native of New England and has family in Massachusetts.
The appointment of Dr. Malcolm O. Asadoorian III as our new Vice President of Academic Affairs continues to help position Regis for the challenges of a radically changing higher education environment. Please join me in welcoming him to this new role in our growing undergraduate and graduate learning community.

Antoinette. M. Hays, PhD, RN
October 23, 2013


Bandiaky appointment at African Development Bank

Julien Bandiaky, Ph.D. (2011) has been appointed as Senior Macroeconomist (international position) at the African Development Bank. Julien will be based in Tunis. Also, Julien's dissertation is being published by LAP LAMBERT Academic Publishing. The book is titled, "Labor Market Efficiency in West African Economic and Monetary Union", with project number 43831, and ISBN 978-3-8484-0704-0. The book can be ordered on their website by clicking LAP LAMBERT Academic Publishing. The cost of the book is 79 euros. Congratulations to Julien on both of these accomplishments!

McCausland nominated and elected to Boston Economic Club (BEC)

Allan S. McCausland, Ph.D. (1975), Principal of McCausland Economic Associates, LLC, of Warner, NH, was recently nominated and elected to the Boston Economic Club (BEC). The Boston Economic Club meets at least twice monthly September through June at the Boston Federal Reserve Bank for luncheon, speakers and discussion of current and future economic and financial conditions. Dr. McCausland, a former Professor at Southern New Hampshire University, and has been a practicing economic consultant and arbitrator/mediator in New England for over 35 years. Allan invites any Clark faculty or alumni that would like to attend a BEC meeting as his guest to please email him.

Allan S. McCausland, Ph.D.
Arbitrator/Economic Consultant
21 Connor's Mill Road
Warner, NH 03278-4606
Cell: 603-496-9548
Office: 603-456-3593

Seelig Gift Supports Economics Research at Clark

Steven Seelig (BA '66; PhD '71) recently contributed $25,000 to support research by faculty and graduate students in the Economics Department. In his own words: "I have come to realize that I owe a debt of gratitude to the economics faculty at Clark that piqued my interest in economics, exposed me to the pleasures of research through the honors program, and while getting my Ph.D. taught me to think "outside the box" and to use economics to look at public policy issues."

Based on this gift, the University's Board of Trustees has approved the establishment of the Steven Seelig Economics Research Fund. The income from this fund will be used for purchasing software or hardware, data acquisition, travel and conference fees, publication fees, and other direct research expenses. The faculty is grateful for this expression of support from an alumnus of the program, and hope to use these funds to help offer the kind of education that will continue to inspire such loyalty in future students. Efforts are anticipated to encourage additional support from other Economics alumni.

Clark Econ Alumni News

Recent PhD Graduates

PhD Degrees 2013

Samuel Kofi Ampaabeng
“Three Essays on the Determinants of Educational Achievement", (Tan)

Boishampayan Chatterjee
“Essays on Racial Residential  Segregation, Suburbanization and Black Unemployment”, (Zhang), October 2012

Michael Richard Johnson
Two Essays on Free and Open Source Software", (Bae), October 2012

Alemseged Gebreamlak Lemma
Productivity and Turnover of the Private and Public Firms in the Ethiopian Manufacturing Sector", (Gray)

Hongshuang Li
“The Relationship Between Trade and the Environment and Their Impacts on Productivity:  Evidence from the U.S. and China", (Gray), October 2012

Daniel Jonathan Martin
Studies in Macro Labor Markets:  Flows, Stability, Search and Matching", (Brown)

Liang Zheng
Measuring Urban Amenities and Disamenities in U. S. Cities - A Discrete-Choice Approach", (Zhang)


PhD Degrees 2012

Julien Bandiaky
“Labor Market Efficiency in West African Economic and Monetary Union (WAEMU)” (Gray) October 2011

Soumendra Nath Banerjee
“Environmental Regulation and Economic Performance in U.S. Manufacturing: Industries, Firms, and Plants” (Gray) October 2011

Sergey Kazakov
“What Creates a Successful Entrepreneur? Study of Determinants of Entrepreneurial Survival and Success” (Gray)

Jordan Marvakov
“Commuting, National Border Effects, and Regional Differences in the European Union” (Gray)

Nkechi Srodah Onuoha Owoo
“Causes and Consequences of Fertility in the U.S. and Ghana: A Spatial Econometric Approach” (Ickowitz)

Ying Zhen
“English-Language Proficiency’s Effects on Earnings and Employment of Foreign-Born Immigrants in the United States”


Undergraduate Honors


Iryna Ambroz, highest honors
German Economic Success and Trade:  A Test of Hypotheses Using the Gravity Model (advisor John Brown)

Ngoc (Minnie) Bui, high honors
Consumers' Preference for Sustainable Certified Products:  Eco-labels on Seafood Products (advisor Robert Johnston)

Carlos Cardenas, honors
NAFTA and its Impact on Mexican Farmers (advisor John Brown)

Deviyani Dixit, high honors
Evaluating Motivators of Non-Use Values on Willingness to Pay for Improvement in Aquatic Biota (advisor Robert Johnston)

Maryam Esmaeili, honors
The Impact of Cross-Border Remittances on Economic Growth in El Salvador (advisors John Brown and Chih Ming Tan)

Christina Geller, high honors
Eating with the Seasons:  An Analysis of Organic, Local and Conventional Food Availability Over Time in Southwest Montana (advisor Jacqueline Geoghegan)

Volha Hrytskevich, honors
Residential Housing Prices in Belarus (advisors Chih Ming Tan and John Brown)

Abdou Seck, honors
Voter Behavior in Senegal:  The Case of the 2007 Presidential Elections (advisor Marc Rockmore)

Anshu Singh, honors
Convergence Among Indian States (advisor Chih Ming Tan)

Therese Smith, honors
Housing Prices and Open Space:  The Case of Worcester, MA (advisor Jacqueline Geoghegan)


Stefan R. Cohen, highest honors
The effect of internet penetration on price dispersion in the airline industry (advisor Junfu Zhang)

Kado E. Damball, honors
Does taxing the highest income bracket lead to a reduced government deficit? (advisor Roxane Anderton)

Chelsea J. Fritschy, honors
Is it about the money? Measuring performance in Massachusetts public schools (advisor Wayne Gray)

Irta John, high honors
Is welfare the rising tide that raises all boats? (advisor Wayne Gray)

Joseph Krahe, highest honors
The impact of a seasonal pricing structure on residential water consumption (advisor Jacqueline Geoghegan)

Michael Lamothe, honors
Renewable energy: oil's influence on alternative energy consumption and stock prices (advisor Chih Ming Tan)

Hanlin Li, highest honors
The tale of Tao cities: the factors behind the expansion of Chinese cities (advisor Junfu Zhang)

Joseph McClintock, highest honors
The relationship between money and inflation during recessions (advisor Dessislava Slavtcheva)

Claudia Mosca, honors
Labor conditions and trade in sweatshops in Latin America (advisor Wayne Gray)

Ira Rama, high honors
Does wealth come at the expense of environmental degradation? (advisor Roxane Anderton)

Mariana Fabiana Saculo, high honors
What is the impact of FDI on economic development in Africa? (advisors Chang Hong and Wayne Gray)

Lindiwe Shawa, honors
Disease and development: the impact of health on economic development (advisor Jacqueline Geoghegan)

Pisca Ayuning Tias, high honors
Welcome to China's trade empire: the awakening of the 21st century's trade dragon (advisor Chang Hong)

Ema Vergles, honors
Evaluating the impact of official development assistance on economic growth (advisor Roxane Anderton)