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Dr. Deniz Gevrek Associate Professor

Dr. Deniz Gevrek

"I believe that the role of an educator is to help students explore the relationship between theory and practice, or what many call the ‘real world.’"

Degrees Held:

  • Ph.D. in Economics – The University of Texas at Austin, 2008

Career Highlights:

  • Tenured Associate Professor of Economics at TAMU-CC, teaching graduate and undergraduate courses
  • Hold Ph.D. and M.A. degrees from The University of Texas at Austin
  • Joined IZA as a Research Affiliate in 2008 and became a Research Fellow in 2011
  • Published in prestigious peer-reviewed journals such as: Labour Economics, Personnel Review, Applied Economics Letters, The Review of Black Political Economy, International Migration, International Journal of Social Economics, Eastern Economic Journal, Theoretical and Applied Economics, and the Global Economic Review
  • Work cited by several news outlets, including The Wall Street Journal
  • Received three teaching awards: the College of Business New Faculty Excellence in Teaching Award and the Honors Program Outstanding Faculty Award from TAMU-CC as well as the Chancellor’s Award for Teaching from the Texas A&M University System
  • Received several awards related to research activity:
    • Research Enhancement Award from the College of Business at TAMU-CC, 2016 and 2017
    • Researcher of the Year Award from the College of Business at TAMU-CC, 2017
    • Visiting Research Scholar in the economics departments at The University of Texas at Austin and Deakin University (Australia), Spring 2018

In which online program(s) do you teach?

Master of Accountancy and Master of Business Administration

Which class(es) do you teach online?

ECON 5315: Managerial Economics

What's the value of an MBA for today's professionals?

In economics, we study comparative advantage and product differentiation. In today's highly competitive market, an MBA differentiates the individual from thousands of other employees and allows for specialization and comparative advantage.

What's the best advice you could give your students?

Be grateful for the high-quality education you are receiving and never stop learning!

What qualities make someone particularly successful in business or management?

Grit, high emotional intelligence, self-control, vision and being brave

Why did you start teaching?

I have always been fascinated by the idea of teaching, having been raised by parents who are educators. Research is the ultimate way to express my academic creativity and my ideas. Teaching is a special experience that involves inspiring interactions. My goal as a teacher is to create an interesting, yet challenging, learning environment that will be memorable for my students through work imbued with my passion for economics.

My teaching experience began as a graduate student instructor at The University of Texas at Austin, where I designed and taught my own courses while I was pursuing a Ph.D. degree. Only two students were chosen for this task out of 140 economics graduate students.

I believe that the role of an educator is to help students explore the relationship between theory and practice, or what many call the "real world." I rely on research-based teaching, instructive technology and experiential learning in order to achieve this teaching goal. I love teaching!

What is the one book you think everyone should read?

All books by Nobel Prize winner Orhan Pamuk

Tell us something interesting about yourself that your students might not know about you.

Fun facts about me: I am a scuba diver, weight lifter, StrongFirst® Kettlebell enthusiast, Zumba® instructor, avid traveler and an American muscle car lover.

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