Colby’s Department of Economics faculty have been reflecting on the ways we interact with students and the channels through which student feedback is received. While course evaluations are helpful to individual instructors, one area we see potential for improvement is in interacting with students outside of class times. As such, we’re looking to help facilitate formation of an Economics Club with leadership members constituting an Economics Advisory Board that would synthesize student ideas and present them to the Department faculty at the beginning of our meetings. This Board would be comprised of students and allow for student input into some of our Departmental decision making.
We can see members of the Club and Advisory Board playing a number of different roles—helping with the planning and promotion of Department of Economics events; encouraging and reporting-out on Economics research (both faculty and student research); highlighting opportunities for grants, funding, and internships; meeting with job candidates for lunch when they come to campus (we’re looking to hire two tenure-track faculty this year!) and attending seminars; potentially liaising to other offices on campus (DavisConnects, Off Campus Study); initiating and cultivating civic engagement; organizing student-to-student mentorship opportunities; and, of course, reporting back to and collaborating with our Department. While these are some ideas, we want to allow students to help shape this collaboration and so we’re planning to hold an open information session at 4pm on Thursday, November 21 in Diamond 141. Knowing this may not work for some of you, we have also provided a Google form which you can access to share your ideas and express your interest.