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Steve Erfle

Professor of International Business and Management (1989)

Contact Information

erfle@dickinson.edu

Althouse Hall Room 102
717.245.1635
http://blogs.dickinson.edu/playing-with-polygons/

Bio

Is author of Intermediate Microeconomics: An Interactive Approach, Textbook Media Press, 2016, and is coauthor of Managerial Economics: Economic Tools for Today’s Decision Makers, 7th edition, Pearson, 2013 with Paul Keat and Philip Young. He is interested in interdisciplinary research and teaching pedagogy. He has consulted for Seagram Classics Wine Company, BlueSky Investment Management, Forum on Education Abroad, and the Pennsylvania Department of Health and his published research ranges from economics and economic pedagogy to political geography and communications theory to physical education and public health. The link above takes you to his current project, a recreational math book called Playing with Polygons

Curriculum Vitae

Education

  • B.S., University of California at Davis, 1977
  • B.A., 1977
  • M.A., Harvard University, 1981
  • Ph.D., 1983

2021-2022 Academic Year

Fall 2021

INBM 220 Managerial Decision Making
Applies the principles and methods of economics to analyze problems faced by managers in a business or other type of organization. This course emphasizes how managers can (and should) use economic tools to further the objectives of the organization. Emphasis is on application of theory to actual business decisions. Many applications will require students to build economic models using spreadsheets, just as they will be required to do in a business setting. Prerequisite: ECON 111 and INBM 110.

INBM 220 Managerial Decision Making
Students must register for one of the two labs offered with this course - INBM 220-LA Friday 9:30-10:20 or INBM 220-LB Friday 10:30-11:20.

INTD 250 Combining Math and Art
Cross-listed with EDST 391-01.This course aims to engage students interested in mathematics and art education by allowing them to connect electronic materials (Excel files) that have been created for independent exploration to national standards of mathematics education. The files that students will have access to (and will work from) form the basis for a recreational mathematics book being written called Playing with Polygons. This book will allow users to create artistic images using the vertices of regular polygons. Some of the files mimic string art electronically while others create images based on the parallel lines that can be created using polygonal vertices. Both types of files readily can be connected to various Common Core Standards of Mathematical Content in a K-12 setting. Students will initially play with these files but then transition to creating supplementary pedagogical materials that teachers at various levels could use to teach from using these files. Successfully created materials will become part of the ancillary material for the book with acknowledgement of student authorship included. The service learning focus will come as students test-drive their materials (as well as the underlying files) in K-12 and after-school settings either in person, or electronically.

EDST 391 Combining Math and Art
Cross-listed with INTD 250-01.This course aims to engage students interested in mathematics and art education by allowing them to connect electronic materials (Excel files) that have been created for independent exploration to national standards of mathematics education. The files that students will have access to (and will work from) form the basis for a recreational mathematics book being written called Playing with Polygons. This book will allow users to create artistic images using the vertices of regular polygons. Some of the files mimic string art electronically while others create images based on the parallel lines that can be created using polygonal vertices. Both types of files readily can be connected to various Common Core Standards of Mathematical Content in a K-12 setting. Students will initially play with these files but then transition to creating supplementary pedagogical materials that teachers at various levels could use to teach from using these files. Successfully created materials will become part of the ancillary material for the book with acknowledgement of student authorship included. The service learning focus will come as students test-drive their materials (as well as the underlying files) in K-12 and after-school settings either in person, or electronically.

EDST 500 Educational Studies Ind Study