2014 Alumni Award for Distinguished Teaching Given to Trevon Logan
The Alumni Award for Distinguished Teaching honors faculty members for superior teaching. Recipients are nominated by present and former students and colleagues and are chosen by a committee of alumni, students, and faculty. They are inducted into the university's Academy of Teaching, which provides leadership for the improvement of teaching at Ohio State.
When Trevon Logan is not teaching economics to his undergraduate students, he serves as both the director of Undergraduate Studies and advisor to the Undergraduate Economics Society — a classic example of a professor devoted to students’ best interests.
But more, students consistently say that he provides them with a top-notch education. “Trevon is much more than an effective teacher,” one nominator wrote. “He has demonstrated a strong commitment to making the undergraduate experience for economics majors and other students as rewarding as possible.”
One way Logan achieves this is in his teaching process. He uses a more discussion-oriented approach with his students, a strategy that isn’t common in economics. The phrase “demanding and rewarding” and variations of that are common on student evaluation forms. “He expects a lot of his students, but rather than complain about the workload, students report that they enjoyed the challenge because he made the material so interesting,” another nominator wrote.
Logan has taught seven economics lecture courses, participated in the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Scholars in Health Policy Program at the University of Michigan and served as an advisor and supervisor of several dissertations. He is the current president of the National Economic Association.
As for his contributions to Ohio State, Logan reinstituted and redesigned Economics 4553: Economics of Population, and designed a new course, Economics 5150: Economic Transitions in the 20th Century. Logan even features his own published research in every course he teaches.
Logan earned a PhD at the University of California at Berkeley.