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17th Annual St. Louis Fed Professors Conference

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The Art and Science of Teaching Economics

Thursday, Nov. 14, 2019 | 1:30–7 p.m.
Friday, Nov. 15, 2019 | 7:30 a.m.–1 p.m.

Federal Reserve Bank of St. Louis
One Federal Reserve Bank Plaza
Broadway and Locust Street
St. Louis, Mo. 63102 (map it)

While teaching strategies have evolved over time, in many college classrooms, instruction rests on a method of student engagement developed by Socrates during the Golden Age of Athens. Of course, students, professors, the curriculum, and the labor market have all changed dramatically since the fifth century B.C. But, change for the sake of change is never advised. Rather, we might ask:

  • What does cognitive science have to say about effective teaching and learning?
  • How do other academic disciplines approach innovative instruction?
  • What role should technology play in instruction?
  • What role should active learning play at the university level?

This year's conference will consider the important elements of instruction, while remembering that effective teaching is both an art and a science.

Call for Proposals

The conference will feature:

  • Bill Goffe, associate teaching professor of economics at Pennsylvania State University, who will discuss "Enhance Your Teaching with Recent Discoveries about How We Learn"
  • Chris Neely, St. Louis Fed vice president and economist, who will discuss "A New Framework for Federal Reserve Monetary Policy"
  • Concurrent sessions with presentations from college professors on teaching and learning economics
  • An update on FRED (Federal Reserve Economic Data), FREDcast, and Econ Lowdown
  • Information about internship opportunities for students at the St. Louis Fed

There is no fee, but you must register by Nov. 8. There will be a reception Thursday, and breakfast and lunch will be provided on Friday. Parking is complimentary.

Participants are responsible for their own transportation and accommodations.

For more information, contact Scott Wolla at