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Braeutigam Appointed Associate Provost

March 15, 2006
EVANSTON, Ill. --- Ronald Braeutigam, Harvey Kapnick Professor of Business Institutions and Associate Dean for Undergraduate Studies and Advising in the Weinberg College of Arts and Sciences at Northwestern University, has been appointed Associate Provost for Undergraduate Education, effective Sept. 1, it was announced by University Provost Lawrence B. Dumas.

Braeutigam will succeed Stephen Fisher, who has served in the position since it was established in 1997.

“He will bring a clear commitment to engage creatively the central issues regarding undergraduate education, along with the administrative experience necessary to translate vision into reality,” Dumas said.

“In addition to his impressive record of teaching and scholarship, Braeutigam will bring a

range of administrative experience which uniquely equips him to assume leadership on matters relating to undergraduate education,” Dumas said.

His deep commitment to undergraduate education and achievements in this area were recognized in 1997 when he was appointed a Charles Deering McCormick Professorship of Teaching Excellence, the University's highest award for distinguished undergraduate teaching.

Braeutigam joined the faculty of Department of Economics in 1975 and was named the Kapnick professor in 1990.

As associate dean at Weinberg, he has overseen Weinberg’s College Advising System, including freshman advising and freshman seminars, as well as the12 College Advisers who provide guidance to sophomores, juniors and seniors. In the past two years the Office of Undergraduate Studies and Advising has also expanded funding for undergraduate research, increased the number of honors and prizes recognizing outstanding students, and continued to work with faculty to improve the curriculum in the more than 40 Weinberg majors and 40 minors.

Prior to joining the Weinberg administration in 2004, Braeutigam served for nine years as director of the College's Business Institutions Program, a period during which the number of graduates tripled, making the program the largest academic minor on campus. Nearly 500 current students, drawn from all six undergraduate schools, have declared their intent to earn the minor.

Braeutigam's teaching and research interests have focused on microeconomics, industrial organization, and public policy, with special interest in the economics of regulation and regulatory reform in the telephone, transportation, and energy sectors. His most recent book, co-authored with David Besanko (Kellogg School of Management), is “Microeconomics” (Wiley, 2005). The book grew directly from his highly successful efforts to redefine the method of teaching undergraduate microeconomic theory at Northwestern.

Dumas said, “His initiatives in this area have resulted in extraordinary CTEC evaluations, immensely popular courses, and numerous teaching awards, including the McCormick Professorship and the 1991 Excellence in Teaching Award from the University Alumni Association. Widely adopted in the United States and abroad, this textbook in intermediate microeconomics is currently used in courses at institutions such as Harvard, Stanford, Yale, the University of California at Berkeley and Columbia.”

Braeutigam has taught at Stanford University and the California Institute of Technology, and has held an appointment as a Senior Research Fellow at the Wissenschaftszentrum Berlin (Science Center Berlin). He has served as a research economist in The White House Office of Telecommunications Policy and as an economic consultant to Congress, several government agencies, the World Bank, and various firms and industry groups in the private sector. He has been appointed to the editorial boards of several leading journals in economics, and from 1997-99 he served as president of the European Association for Research in Industrial Economics.

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