Dr. David C Ferguson

Assistant Director - Honors College, University of Wisconsin-Stout
Co-Director - LAKES REU, University of Wisconsin-Stout
Associate Professor of Economics, University of Wisconsin-Stout
Social Sciences Department
College of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences

Office: 314 Tainter Hall
Phone: 715-232-1531
Email: fergusond@uwstout.edu
Personal website: www.uwstout.edu/faculty/fergusond/

Teaching Interests: Public Finance, Game Theory, Econometrics and Quantitative Research Methods, Microeconomics, Growth, Environmental Econ, Economics of Education

Research Interests: Public policy and mechanism design issues relating to education, health, environment, and related areas of market externalities and potential market failures

Education

    • Ph D Economics
      Indiana University
      Bloomington, IN, United States, 2012
    • MS Economics
      University of Wisconsin
      Madison, WI, United States, 2003
    • MA Economics
      Miami University
      Oxford, OH, United States, 2001
    • BA Chemistry and Economics
      Wake Forest University
      Winston-Salem, NC, United States, 2000

Work Experience

Intellectual Contributions

    Book, Chapter

    • Paulson, N., Zagorski, K., & Ferguson, C. (2015). On harm and mediated space: The BP Oil Spill in an age of globalization. , Ashgate Press.

    Journal Article

    • Gerasimo, X., & Ferguson, C. (2014). Expanding Rugby in the United States: A Historical Analysis. Journal of Student Research, XIII.
    • Jay, D., Knapp, J., & Ferguson, C. Fractured: Perceptions of the Frac Sand Mine Industry in the Chippewa Valley. Journal of Student Research, XIII.
    • Neumann, H., & Ferguson, C. (2014). Increasing Student Retention among College Students. Journal of Student Research, XIII.
    • Ferguson, C. (Working Paper). Retirement Migration and Community Choice: Effects on Public Goods Provision. .
    • Ferguson, C., & Ferguson, D. (2012). Three Essays on Public Economics Issues of Human Capital.. .
    • Ferguson, C., & Greg, G. (Working Paper). Wage Frictions and Teacher Quality: An Empirical Anlysis of Differential Effects Across Subjects Areas". .
    • Ferguson, C. Survival and Success in the Billboard 200.. Master's Thesis, Oxford, OH.
    • Ferguson, C., Melvin, M., Lindquist, D., & Manerville, R. (1999). DNA Binding by 4- Methoxypyrrolic Natural Products. Journal of Organic Chemistry, 64(18), 6861-6869.

    Working Paper

    • Ferguson, D. C. (Working Paper). Longevity, Health Care, Human Capital, and Growth. .

Presentations

    Uncategorized

    • Ferguson, C., Basu, L., & Lee, T. (November, 2014). Creating and Implementing an Honors Assessment Plan. National Collegiate Honors Council Conference, Denver, CO, United States.
    • Ferguson, C. (November, 2014). Factors in Honors Student Engagement, Retention, and Completion. National Collegiate Honors Council Conference, Denver, CO, United States.
    • Ferguson, C. (October, 2014). Inequality for All - Film Screening and Panel Discussion. Social Science Speaker Series, Menomonie, WI, United States.
    • Ferguson, C., & Verdon, R. (September, 2014). Improving Our Water, Our Communities, and Our Economy. Dunn County Economic Development Conference, Menomonie, WI, United States.
    • Ferguson, C. (November, 2013). City-as-Prices: An Exploration of Place Through Economics. National Collegiate Honors Council Conference, New Orleans, LA, United States.
    • Ferguson, C. (November, 2013). Teaching Utility Theory and Consumer Optimization using "Gloom". National Collegiate Honors Council Conference, New Orleans, LA, United States.
    • Ferguson, C., & Gerasimo, X. (March, 2013). An Empirical Analysis of the Growth and Development of Youth Rugby in the Upper Midwest. Midwest Economic Association Meeting, Columbus, OH, United States.
    • Ferguson, C. (March, 2012). Growth and Distributional Effects of Retirement Migration and Community Choice. Midwest Economic Association Meeting, Chicago, IL, United States.
    • Ferguson, C., & Gilpin, G. (March, 2011). Contract Rigidities & the Quality and Quantity of Teachers. Annual Association for Education Finance & Policy Conference, Seattle , WA, United States.
    • Ferguson, C. (March, 2011). Human Capital Investment, Longevity, Health Care, and Growth. Annual Association for Education Finance & Policy Conference, Seattle , WA, United States.
    • Ferguson, C. (March, 2011). Retirement Migration & Community Choice: Effects on Public Goods Provision . Midwest Economic Association Meeting, St. Louis, MO, United States.
    • Ferguson, C. (November, 2010). Contract Rigidities & the Quality and Quantity of Teachers: An Analysis of Differential Effects Across Teaching-Subject Areas. Southern Economic Association Meeting, Atlanta, GA, United States.
    • Ferguson, C. (March, 2010). Retirement Migration & Community Choice: Effects on Public School Funding. American Education Finance Association Meeting, Richmond, VA, United States.
    • Ferguson, C. (March, 2010). Wage Frictions, Teacher Quality, and Teacher Quantity: An Empirical Analysis of Differential Effects Across Subject Areas. Midwest Economic Association Meeting, Chicago, IL, United States.
    • Ferguson, C. (March, 2009). Wage Frictions, Teacher Quality, and Teacher Quantity: An Empirical Analysis of Differential Effects Across Subject Areas. American Education Finance Association Meeting, Nashville, TN, United States.
    • Ferguson, C. (March, 2009). Wage Frictions, Teacher Quality, and Teacher Quantity: An Empirical Analysis of TR^3 Data. National Council on Teacher Quality Annual Conference, Washington, DC, United States.
    • Ferguson, C. (April, 2008). Wage Frictions and Teacher Quality. American Education Finance Association Meeting, Denver, CO, United States.
    • Ferguson, C. (April, 2007). Longevity and Growth Effects of Health Care Subsidies. Jordan River Conference, Bloomington, IN, United States.

Grants, Contracts, and Sponsored Research

    Grant

    • Ferguson, C. Co-PI, National Science Foundation (NSF) REU site grant.. $281938.
    • Paulson, N., Ferguson, C., & Lee, T. Research Experience for Undergraduates Grant. Sponsored by National Science Foundation, $281994 (Funded).
    • Ferguson, C. CAHSS Professional Development Grant. Sponsored by University of Wisconsin- Stout, $825.
    • Ferguson, C. Just-in-Time Professional Development Grant. $921.
    • Ferguson, C., & Paulson, N. CAHSS Professional Development Grant. $2500.
    • Ferguson, C., Little, A., Nold, S., & Paulson, N. Research Incubation Grant. $10000.
    • Ferguson, C. Course Development Grant for APSS 300. $1400.
    • Ferguson, C., & Paulson, N. Course Development Grant for ECON 360. $1400.
    • Ferguson, C., & Paulson, N. Course Development Grant for SOC/ECON 325. $1400.
    • Nold, S. C., Paulson, N., Ferguson, C., & Little, A. M. Phosphorous in the Red Cedar Basin: Establishing an interdisciplinary community of undergraduate scholars. Sponsored by UW-Stout Research Incubator Grant Proposal, $10000.
    • Ferguson, C. Course Development Grant for Honors ECON 215.
    • Ferguson, C. Help or Hindrance: The Impact of Teacher Rules, Roles, and Rights on Teacher Quality. $5000.

Media Contributions

    TV

    • WQOW News (August 6, 2014)

      Quoted in "Two month student study of Red Cedar Watershed revealed”

    • WQUQ News (June 20, 2013)

      Quoted in “Stocks Plummet Thursday”

    • WQOW News (January 31, 2013)

      Quoted in “Governor Walker weighs in on tax reform proposals”

    • WQOW News (January 30, 2013)

      Quoted in “Nearly half of college grads are overqualified for their jobs”

    • WQOW News (January 15, 2013)

      Quoted in “Debt ceiling debate rages on”

    • WEAU News (April 13, 2012)

      Quoted in “The Road to the Future”

Awards, Fellowships, Honors, and Scholarships

    Award

    • W. Phillip Sanders Award for Excellence in Teaching, Indiana University (2009)
    • Help or Hinderance: The Impact of Teacher Rules, Roles, and Rights (TR^3) on Teacher Quality, Gates Foundation (2008)
    • S.T.E.P. Teaching Award, University of Wisconsin- Whitewater (2004)
    • Distinguished Teaching Award, University of Wisonsin- Madison (2003)
    • Charles S. Davis Award for Excellence in Graduate Study, Miami University (2001)

Professional Memberships

  • Society for Applied Anthropology
  • Upper Midwest Honors Council (UMHC)
  • Southern Economic Association (SEA)
  • Midwest Economic Association (MEA)
  • Omicron Delta Epison (ODE)
  • American Economic Association (AEA)

Service

    Department / School

    • Committee Member, Social Science Speaker Series Committee (2012 - Present)
    • Committee Member, APSS Program Assessment Committee (2011 - Present)
    • Committee Member, Social Science Department Website Committee (2011 - Present)
    • Committee Chair, Social Science Personnel Committee (SSPC) (2010 - Present)
    • Committee Chair, Hiring Committee, Assistant Professor of Economics (2015 - 2016)
    • Committee Chair, Hiring Committee, Assistant Professor of Economics (2014 - 2015)
    • Committee Member, Social Science Department Big Picture Curriculum Committee (2013 - 2015)
    • Committee Chair, Hiring Committee, Assistant Professor of Economics (2013 - 2014)
    • Committee Member, Hiring Committee, Assistant Professor of Economics (2012 - 2013)
    • Committee Member, Hiring Committee, Assistant Professor of Economics (2011 - 2012)
    • Committee Member, Hiring Committee, Assistant Professor of Economics (2010 - 2011)

    College

    • Committee Member, CAHSS Governance Committee (2012 - 2013)

    University

      UW Stout

      • Committee Member, Student Research Grant Selection Committee (2014 - Present)
      • Committee Member, University General Education Committee (2014 - Present)
      • Faculty Advisor, Honors College Student Council (2013 - Present)
      • Faculty Advisor, Social Science Society Student Organization (2013 - Present)
      • Advisory Board Member, Honors College Advisory Board (2012 - Present)
      • Reviewer, Journal of Student Research (2012 - Present)
      • Advisory Board Member, B.S. Applied Social Science Program Advisory Board (2010 - Present)
      • Academic Advisor, B.S. APSS (2010 - Present)
      • Colloquium Leader, Honors College (2009 - Present)
      • Committee Member, Faculty Research Fellow Selection Committee (2014 - 2015)
      • Committee Member, University Finance Committee (2014 - 2015)
      • Committee Member, Honors College Strategic Planning Committee (2012 - 2014)

    Professional

    • Discussant for 2 papers, Midwest Economics Association Conference (2013 - Present)
    • Representative, Upper Midwest Honors Council (2013 - Present)
    • Discussant, Midwest Economics Association (2012)
    • Discussant, Association for Education Finance and Policy (2011)
    • Discussant, Midwest Economics Association (2011)
    • Conference Session Chair, Midwest Economics Association (2010)
    • Academic Advisor, Indiana University (2004 - 2006)