Research Spotlight: Protecting Mom-and-Pop Stores

We often come across stories of locally-cherished mom-and-pop stores competing with chain stores and online retailers and eventually going out of business. Advocates of mom-and-pop stores tout these businesses as local institutions that sustain community life while adding a unique charm to the local business districts. However, when it comes to protecting mom-and-pop stores, experts…

Honors Thesis Spotlight: Examining Attitudes Toward Economic Mobility Among Young Voters

The American dream—an ideological framework wherein anyone can achieve their goals through hard work and determination—is the backbone of American society and economics. As a heterogeneous nation composed of diverse backgrounds, people need a common denominator; the American Dream serves this purpose, but how sustainable is this idea in the face of reduced mobility? Economic…

Meet a Social Scientist: Dr. James Elsner from the Department of Geography

What is your name?Dr. James Elsner What kind of work do you do for the College?I am a professor in the geography department at Florida State University. I teach, do research and engage in service in the department, profession and community. Why did you decide to become an academic?  I’m a first-generation academic. In fact,…

Award Winning Teaching: Learning and Teaching from the Outside In

Academic writing, specifically textbooks and journals, are written much differently than most other forms.  Those other forms usually have a beginning, middle, and end.  The reader must start at the beginning to have any idea what the ending means.  In other words, the ending will be nonsense or confusing if the reader didn’t follow the…