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Many UCM graduates are now enjoying successful business careers thanks to the influence of Mark Karscig, a professor emeritus of economics who dedicated 30 years to teaching at UCM. He officially retired in August 2011.
Karscig joined the university faculty as an assistant professor in the former Department of Economics and Finance in 1981, shortly after serving as a part-time instructor at Robert Morris College in Pittsburgh, Pa. and participating in a teaching fellowship at the University of Pittsburgh. He was promoted to associate professor at UCM in 1987 and professor in 1992.
Throughout his career, Karscig helped many students to understand economics through primary courses that included Principles of Macroeconomics, Portfolio Assessment, Regional and Urban Economics, Business Statistics I and Business Statistics II. He also taught an orientation course for economics majors, and was the department’s assessment coordinator from 2005 until his retirement. In addition, he is a former member and co-chair of the Harmon College of Business and Administration (now Harmon College of Business and Professional Studies) Assessment Committee. As part of his appointment, he continued to develop, refine, and assess the economic major/course student outcomes, in addition to seeking out new software, expanding use of computers in the classroom, and other measures to help improve the learning process.
Karscig was involved in many Faculty Senate committees in recent years dealing with topics such as awards, student fees, salary and fringe benefits, and constitution and by-laws. He also served as vice president of the Senate in 2011.
A member of Phi Beta Delta Honor Society for International Scholars and Phi Kappa Phi, Karscig earned bachelor’s, master’s and doctoral degrees from the University Pittsburgh.