"Do not be afraid to think outside the box."
I worked in private industry for more than 15 years as a senior corporate financial accountant. After receiving my Ph.D. and while still working in accounting, I started to teach economics at night at Temple, St. Joe's and Drexel universities. In 2005, I left private industry to work full time in academia.
I worked for seven years at Penn State - Lehigh Valley. In 2012, I transferred to Lamar University.
My research is mostly in the field of environmental economics. I have over 10 manuscripts in peer-reviewed, scholarly journals. If any students are interested, they can gain access to some of my manuscripts in Google Scholar; search for “McCollough Sustainability.”
In which online degree programs do you teach?
Which classes do you teach online?
ECON 2302: Principles of Economics II (Micro) ECON 5300: Microeconomic Principles
Why did you start teaching?
I was a senior level corporate accountant, but after 15 years, I needed a change.
What's the best advice that you ever received?
Your time is valuable, so watch out for people trying to steal your time.
What's the best advice that you could give your students?
Do not be afraid to think outside the box.
What qualities make someone particularly successful in economics?
You need to think of a research topic, then be able to analyze it and write about the results in a systematic but understandable way. In addition, you often don’t get the results you expect, so you must try different approaches until you find the results you can report on.
What is the one book you think everyone should read?
“The Grapes of Wrath” by John Steinbeck.
Tell us something your students might not know about you:
If I had to do it all over again, I would have entered the Ph.D. program earlier in my career. But I guess I am just built that way. The life of an academician is for me, but maybe not for everyone.
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