Whitney Bross
Whitney Bross
Lecturer in Economics

Dr. Bross primarily teachers our principles of economics courses, and is the faculty advisor for the Economics Club. She is currently in her fourth year of teaching here at Butler. Before Butler, she worked for the State of Indiana’s Legislative Services Agency conducting economic research to help policymakers. She also spent time working for the Education Research Alliance of New Orleans where she evaluated the impacts of school restructuring on student performance.

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Ronia Hawash
Ronia Hawash
Assistant Professor of Economics

Dr. Ronia Hawash is an Assistant Professor of Economics in the Lacy School of Business. Dr. Hawash holds a Bachelor of Economics from Cairo University (Egypt); a Masters of Economics from the American University in Cairo (Egypt); and a Ph.D. in Economics from Indiana University-Purdue University in Indianapolis (IUPUI). Her primary teaching areas are Microeconomics, Economic Development, Health Economics, and Econometrics. Dr. Hawash’s main areas of research are focused on socioeconomic problems in developing countries including poverty, inequality, poor health and education outcomes, political conflict and refugees, and climate change. Her research has been published in Journal of Social Entrepreneurship,  International Journal of Happiness and Development, Journal of Higher Education Theory and Practice, Eurasian Economic Review, International Journal of Development and Conflict, Social Business, and Journal of the Knowledge Economy. 

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Tom Karbowski
Tom Karbowski
Lecturer in Economics

Tom Karbowski has a deep knowledge of business and a successful track record teaching a wide range of business classes to undergraduate and graduate students. He was an Economics and Communications double major at DePauw University, received his MBA from Butler University, and has taught over 120 courses during his teaching career. He has experience teaching Economics, Statistics, Marketing, Sales, Finance, and Organizational Development – that broad experience allows him to connect multiple business disciplines into all his courses. In addition, his 30-year business career allows him to incorporate "real life" experience into the classroom. His most recent courses at Butler include Principles of Microeconomics, Principles of Macroeconomics, Business Statistics, Introduction to Marketing, Marketing and Value Creation, and Sales & Sales Management. 

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Kathy Paulson Gjerde
Kathy Paulson Gjerde
Professor of Economics

Kathy is currently a Professor of Economics at Butler University and holds the Clarence W. Efroymson Chair of Economics.  She has served as the Associate Dean for Research and Graduate Studies for the Lacy School of Business, managing all aspects of the MBA and MPA programs including admissions, advising, and curriculum development.  She has championed “Real Life, Real Business” initiatives at the graduate level, including the Gateway Experience, the Integrated Capstone Experience, the Board Fellows Program, and international study trips. 

Kathy has published articles on a variety of topics, such as workplace incentives, product innovation, key performance indicators, and economic resilience.  Her cross-disciplinary research has allowed her to work with academics from accounting, business law, marketing, operations management, and organizational behavior. Her work has appeared in outlets such as Managerial and Decision Economics, Management Science, Journal of Economics and Management Strategy, Journal of Labor Economics, Journal of Regional Analysis & Policy, Journal of Environmental Economics and Policy, Management Accounting Quarterly, and Studies in Higher Education.

Kathy’s academic credentials include a Bachelor Degree in Economics from Emory University and both a Masters and Ph.D. in Economics from Purdue University.  She has over 30 years of teaching experience at both the undergraduate and graduate levels, serving on the faculty at the State University of New York at Stony Brook and Butler University.    

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John Pemberton
John Pemberton
Lecturer in Economics and Statistics
William Rieber
William Rieber
Professor of Economics