|Director of the Center for Economic Education
Sahar Bahmani, Ph.D.
1. What is a typical day like in your field?
A typical day includes being in the classroom teaching, meeting with students during office hours, and doing research. We also have numerous department and college meetings throughout each semester.
2. How did this type of work interest you and how did you get started?
When I was an undergrad at UW-Madison, I remember watching my professor lecture while thinking what a great career it must be. I started teaching in 2003 as a teaching assistant at UW-Milwaukee and have loved it ever since, it's a great feeling to wake up excited to go to work each and every day. Being in academia is a wonderful career and I'd highly recommend it! Economics is a field that surrounds us daily and I always encourage students to watch local and national news daily to see how economics plays a role in their day-to-day lives.
3. What jobs and experiences have led to your present position?
I've enjoyed teaching for UW Milwaukee, UW Whitewater, Marquette University, Cardinal Stritch University and MATC - it's been great to work with different students throughout the state of Wisconsin. I also worked at a bank during my undergrad years and that's definitely linked well with some econ lectures.
4. What do you see as your priorities in the next five years?
Working more on research.
5. What do you enjoy doing most outside of teaching?
I enjoy walking, yoga, playing tennis & the piano.
6. How do you best connect with your students?
I always try to make them feel comfortable to ask questions and to come on in to the office for any additional help they may need.
7. Packers or Bears?
Being from Wisconsin, definitely the Packers!
8. If you could travel to any part of the world where would it be?
9. Favorite Movie?
A Beautiful Mind