Clinical professor, Economics, University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign
Jose J. Vazquez, Ph.D., teaches at the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign, where he leads several sections of one of the largest Economics courses in the country (925 students). This is in addition to the more than 100,000 people who have registered over the last six years to take his very popular Principles of Microeconomics MOOC in Coursera. Therefore, it is probably safe to say no other instructor has taught Economics to more students. In addition to his role as instructor, Dr. Vazquez is also Director of the Teaching Academy for the School of Liberal Arts and Sciences. He is also the co-creator of FlipIt Economics, along with Eric Chiang of Florida Atlantic University. FlipIt Econ, published by Macmillan, is a multimedia solution that helps students prepared effectively for class. Recently, Dr. Vazquez’s research has been in the area of mental attention and student motivation, particularly the role of curiosity as a way to incentivize students. He has published his work in several academic journals and is a regular keynote speaker in the education circuit.