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Dartmouth economics professor named New Hampshire Professor of the Year

Dartmouth College Office of Public Affairs • Press Release
Posted 11/18/09 • Media Contact: Latarsha Gatlin (603) 646-3661

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Andrew Samwick
Andrew Samwick (photo by Joseph Mehling '69)

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Andrew Samwick, a Dartmouth professor of economics and director of the Nelson A. Rockefeller Center for Public Policy and Social Sciences at Dartmouth, is the 2009 New Hampshire Professor of the Year.

Presented by the Council for Advancement and Support of Education (CASE), and the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching, the U.S. Professors of the Year program salutes the most outstanding undergraduate instructors in the country - those who excel in teaching and positively influence the lives and careers of students. The Carnegie Foundation and CASE will recognize all of the state and four national U.S. Professors of the Year winners today at an awards ceremony in Washington, D.C.

“It is personally very rewarding to have outside organizations like the Carnegie Foundation and CASE identify the work I have been doing as a classroom teacher, a research mentor, and the director of a public policy center as worthy of recognition,” said Samwick.

Samwick was selected for his work in the Economics Department and at the Rockefeller Center where he has been director for five years. He credits the Rockefeller Center’s Policy Research Shop – a program in which students take research requests from legislators in New Hampshire and Vermont and produce reports that are of value in policy deliberations – as bringing theory and real-world experiences together.

“The Policy Research Shop is one example of how we have designed our programs at the Rockefeller Center to take advantage of learning opportunities in and out of the classroom, on and off campus,” he said. “Students get the opportunity to learn research methods, to work in teams, and, critically, to apply their knowledge and efforts in support of the work of elected officials to help address pressing public policy concerns.”

“Professor Samwick’s work at the Rockefeller Center with the Policy Research Shop is a wonderful example of innovative and interdisciplinary teaching,” said Carol Folt, Dean of the Faculty and Acting Provost. "Students come out of the Policy Research Shop armed with the tools they need to make a real impact in solving the problems of the world. Andrew deserves tremendous credit for developing a rigorous program that teaches our students to be problem solvers as well as critical thinkers.”

The U.S. Professors of the Year program is the only national program to recognize excellence in undergraduate teaching and mentoring. Samwick becomes the third Dartmouth faculty member to win the award this decade. Paul Christesen '88, associate professor of classics, won in 2006. Dorothy Wallace, professor of mathematics, won in 2000. Earlier this fall, U.S. News and World Report, in a new part of its annual rankings of U.S. colleges and universities, declared Dartmouth the country's best institution in undergraduate teaching.

Samwick joined the Dartmouth faculty in 1994 and is a research associate of the National Bureau of Economic Research. He has served as chief economist on the staff of the President’s Council of Economic Advisers under George W. Bush in 2003 and 2004 and his scholarly work covers such topics as pensions, saving, taxation, portfolio choice and executive compensation.

He graduated summa cum laude with a degree in economics from Harvard College and received his Ph.D. in economics from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

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