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DEPARTMENT OF ECONOMICS
RECORDS, 1971-1985
(UA-613)

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Kristin Lang, History 499 Intern
October 28, 1991



 
 
 
 
 
 

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Administrative History

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Department of Economics
Administrative History

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The current Department of Economics was created in 1966 in the Division of Social Sciences.[1] By that date, however, economics had been taught at the University for almost 100 years, and a department of economics has existed in one form or another for fifty-five years. The 1868-69 catalogue of the New York State Normal School included a course in Political Economy, the nineteenth century name for economics.[2] This course, like all Normal School courses, combined the academic subject with pedagogical methodology. In 1890, with the creation of the New York State Normal College and the change in emphasis of the school to a strictly professional program in pedagogy, the Political Economy course content was restricted to the teaching methodology of economics.[3] It was not until 1906 when the State Education Department reorganized the Normal College into a four year liberal arts college far teachers that a course in economics, as opposed to teaching methodology, was once again offered.[4]

In 1909 the Normal College adopted a departmental structure and economics became part of the joint Department of Government and Economics. Its first chairman was Professor Adam A. Walker.[5] The last mention of this joint department comes in the course catalogue from 1913, one year before the New York State Normal College became known as the New York State College for Teachers.[6] Economics was listed in the course catalogues from 1914 to 1934, but it is unclear whether it existed as an independent Department of Economics or as joint Department of Economics and Government.[7] Dr. Walker was chairman of the Department of Economics and Sociology from 1934 to 1936,8 and continued to teach economics in the Department of Social Studies, from 1937 until the early 1940's.[9]

Economics continued to be taught in the Department of Social Studies until 1964,[10] when it became a program in the newly created Division of Social Sciences.[11] That program was organized into the Department of Economics in 1966.[12] Dr. Louis R. Salkever was made acting chair in 1966, his post became permanent in 1967, and he stayed on as chair until 1971.[13]

The Department of Economics first appeared in the Graduate Bulletin in 1966, but there was no indication of any graduate degrees being offered.[14] Graduate degrees were first mentioned in 1967 when the department offered a program leading to a Master's Degree.[15] In the Graduate Bulletin of 1968 students seeking doctorates in economics were referred to the Ph.D. program in political economy offered by the School of Public Affairs.[16] That same year, the University Senate approval Ph.D. program in the Department of Economics. The Ph.D. was first offered in the fall of 1969.[17] The aim of this program was "to prepare productive research scholars competent to teach in a college or university and to conduct economic research for private or public agencies." Concentrations were offered in many fields, including economic theory and doctrine, quantitative economics, economic history, development economics, monetary and fiscal economics, international economics, labor economics, economic organization and social control, and regional economics.[18] A Doctor of Arts program in economics was added in 1971 to prepare students to teach in colleges.[19] The program "combined practical experience in teaching economics with a broader academic grounding than that generally required for the Ph.D. degree." The New York State fiscal crisis of the mid-1970's caused the discontinuation of the D.A. program in the 1974-75 academic year. The M.A. and Ph.D. programs continue to be offered.

Department Chairs

Louis R. Salkever, (Acting), 1966-67, Chair, 1967-71
Melvin Bers, 1971-72
John H. Slocum, (Interim), 1972-73
Pong Lee, 1973-79
Melvin Bers, 1978-82
Pong Lee, 1982
Melvin Bers, 1985
Terrence Kinal, 1988
Hamilton R. Lankford, 1989-91
Michael Sattinger, 1991-94
Kajal Lahiri, 1994-97
Terrence Kinal, 1997-2000
Michael Sattinger, 2000-[2001/2002?]
Betty Daniel, 2003-present


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1. State University of New York at Albany, Undergraduate Bulletin. 1966-67, p. 136.
2. Catalogue of the Officers and Students of the New York State Normal School for the Fiftieth Term. Beginning July 1, 1869, p. 14.
3. Circular for the New York State Normal College, Albany, N.Y., for 1890 and 91, p. 6.
4. The State Education Department's reorganization extended "the scope and breadth of it's work so that it might be equipped for the attainment of scholarship equal to that of literary and scientific colleges." New York State Normal College, Albany, Circular and Announcement of the Courses of Instruction, 1906-1907, p. 6, 51.
5. Minutes of the Executive Committee (1844-1939), Transcribed from the Minute Books in Four Volumes, Vol.2: 1869-1909, p. 676-77.
6. New York State Normal College, Annual Circular and Announcement, 1913-1914, p. 65.
7. The correspondence of President Brubacher with Irene A. Rachdorf in 1927 regarding a prospective vacancy in Economics and Government refers variously to a "divided program in the "departments of Economics and Government" (Rachdorf to Brubacher, January 29,1927; same to same, February 28, 1927), Office of the President Records, President A. R. Brubacher Correspondence, Economics and government folder, 1926-27.
8. New York State College for Teachers, Annual Catalogue, February 26, 1934, p. 41.
9. Official Catalogue, New York State College for Teachers, Ninety-Seventh Year, February 28, 1941, p. 66.
10. New York State College for Teachers' and State University of New York at Albany's Catalogues and Bulletins, 1937-1963.
11. State University of New York at Albany, Undergraduate Bulletin, 1964-66, p. 139.
12. State University of New York at Albany, Undergraduate Bulletin, 1966-67, p. 136.
13. State University of New York at Albany, University Directory, 1970-71, p. 6.
14. State University of New York at Albany, School of Graduate Studies Bulletin, 1966-67, p. 99.
15. State University of New York at Albany, School of Graduate Studies Bulletin, 1967-68, p. 91.
16. State University of New York at Albany, Graduate Bulletin, 1968-69, p. 76.
17. University Senate, "Report of the Graduate Academic Council, July 1, 1967 - June 30, 1968," p. 2.
18. State University of New York at Albany, Graduate Bulletin, 1969-70, p. 82.
19. University Senate, "Report of the Graduate Academic Council, July 1, 1970 - June 30, 1971, p. 3; State University of New York at Albany, Graduate Bulletin. 1971-72, p. 11-12.


Department of Economics
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Includes publications on econometrics and a proposal for a D.A. program in economics.


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