GEEA Board of Directors:

Steve Cobb

Steve L. Cobb is the Director of the Center for Economic Education and Associate Dean for Administrative Affairs in the College of Arts and Sciences at the University of North Texas. Cobb received his undergraduate degree from Southwestern University and his Ph.D. in Economics from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. He teaches principles of micro and macro, international economics, comparative economic systems, and social studies methods. Cobb conducts research in the areas of economic education, international trade and economic development. Through the Council for Economic Education, he has conducted seminars and workshops in 17 transitional and developing countries to train teachers to teach market-based economics. Cobb has been awarded the Kenneth G. Elzinga Distinguished Teaching Award from the Southern Economic Association and the Bessie B. Moore Service Award from the National Association of Economic Educators. His Center for Economic Education received the Albert Beekhuis Award for Centers of Excellence in Economic Education in 2005.
John R. Brock is Director of the Center for Economic Education at the University of Colorado, Colorado Springs, and Vice President of J.V. Bruni & Company, an investment adviser firm. He holds an undergraduate degree from the United States Air Force Academy, an MBA from the University of Southern California, and a PhD in Economics from Cornell University. He teaches a variety of courses focusing on microeconomics, and his research interest lies in economic education. Through the Council for Economic Education, he has conducted seminars and workshops in 14 former communist and developing countries to train teachers to teach market-based economics. He was awarded the Outstanding Educator Award at the Air Force Academy in 1985 and the Outstanding Instructor Award at the University of Colorado in 2002.

Joanne Dempsey is an International Programs Consultant for Northern Illinois University, where she previously served for 17 years as Executive Director of the Illinois Council on Economic Education (dba Econ Illinois). Dempsey holds undergraduate and masters degrees in education and economics from Elmhurst College and Bradley University. Dempsey has 37 years of experience in the field of economic education, with extensive work in curriculum development, teacher training, and not-for-profit organizational development. Through the Council for Economic Education, she led eight teacher study tours to Romania and South Africa; hosted international educators from Eastern Europe, South Africa, Indonesia, Mexico and Uruguay; presented at international workshops and conferences in Latvia and Croatia; and provided mentoring on organizational structure to developing economic education organizations in numerous countries. She has received national awards for excellence in economic education from the National Association of Economic Educators; and from the Freedoms Foundation/Leavey Award.


James Dick is Professor Emeritus of Teacher Education at the University of Nebraska at Omaha. At UNO he was a Director of the Center for Economic Education for over 30 years; he is continuing his involvement with the Center. As part of EconomicsInternational, he has participated in various teacher training seminars and conferences throughout the Soviet Bloc and has made presentations at economics education conferences in England, Scotland, Belgium, The Netherlands, Estonia and Canada. In addition he spent a semester in Ukraine teaching at Cherkasy State Technological University and conducting teacher workshops for various Post Diploma Institutes in cooperation with the Ukrainian Council for Economic Education. He has degrees from Ball State University and Indiana University. The UNO Center has received awards from various local and national education and civic organizations and he has also received various awards including the Bessie Moore Service Award from the National Association of Economic Educators.

Jane Lopus

Jane S. Lopus is Professor of Economics and Director of the Center for Economic Education at California State University, East Bay. She holds an undergraduate degree from the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, and a PhD in Economics from the University of California, Davis. She teaches a variety of courses focusing on macroeconomics, and her research interests lie in economic education. Through the Council for Economic Education, she has conducted seminars and workshops in 15 former communist and developing countries to train teachers to teach market-based economics, and was a Fulbright Scholar to Romania in 2010. She was named the Cal State East Bay Outstanding Professor in 2006 and has received national awards for both research and leadership in economic education from the National Association of Economic Educators.

Claudia Parliament

Claudia Parliament is Professor of Applied Economics at the University of Minnesota. She served as Executive Director of the Minnesota Council on Economic Education for twenty years (1992 -2012). Parliament has received the University of Minnesota's Global Engagement Award, the Distinguished Diversity and Inclusion Faculty Award from both the College of Food, Agriculture and Natural Sciences and the University of Minnesota Extension, and the National Association of Economic Educators' International Award. Since 1995 she has been involved in international economic education for teachers and teacher trainers in 13 countries. She has taken semester sabbatical leaves in Canada, Poland, and South Africa. She holds an undergraduate degree from the University of Minnesota in mathematics education, a masters degree in agricultural economics from the University of Minnesota and a Ph.D. in Agricultural and Resource Economics from the University of California, Berkeley.

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