Timothy Meyer

The man behind the “Implicit Benefit of a Liberal Education”

Timothy Meyer’s passion shines to his students in many ways other than just reciting a lecture.p22-7.-Meyer-J.P.-Hendrickson-Faculty-Scholar_2014-15_65

He has always encouraged his students to reach their full potential. When she arrived at SDSU, professor Eluned Jones, head of the economics department, “challenged the teachers to engage undergrad students.” Meyer listened and as a result introduced a group of students to the world of The Applied and Agricultural Economics Association, Academic Bowl competition.

Meyer encourages his students to put in extra work, and by doing the same, he quickly became a role model. Tyler Holmquist is a graduate research assistant for economics who competed in the Academic Bowl last year under Meyer. “Tim doesn’t just want students to be excellent scholars; he points to the bigger picture—using the classroom to understand the world beyond,” Holmquist said.

All of this hard work and passion paid off this year when Meyer was selected as the winner of the J.P. Hendrickson Faculty Scholar Award and received the honor of giving the Herbert Cheever Jr. Liberal Arts Lecture. Meyer presented his winning lecture Jan. 21 in the Volstorff Ballroom. The topic of his lecture was “The Implicit Benefits of a Liberal Education: the Economics of Morality, Politics, Charity and Life as viewed by Adam Smith, Karl Marx and Others.”

Meyer was born and raised in Denison, Iowa, in a family of eight. Growing up in a strong household started him off on the right path.  His father was the principal of the public elementary school for more than 30 years, while his mother stayed at home with the six children, molding them into who they are today by taking every opportunity to treat them as adults.

Meyer began pursuing a math major at Buena Vista University, but eventually switched to finance and economics. After graduation, he worked in banking and real estate for several years but knew deep down that he wanted to do more. He eventually went to graduate school at Iowa State University. He didn’t intend to become a teacher, but it fell into place when the dean of his alma mater, Buena Vista University, needed a position filled for one year. That turned into another year, and led to his teaching economics and advising at South Dakota State.

Sarah Christensen

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