Joe Calhoun


Joseph P. Calhoun is a Lecturer in the Department of Economics and the Assistant Director of the Stavros Center for the Advancement of Free Enterprise and Economic Education at Florida State University. He currently teaches large principles of economics classes with annual enrollment of nearly 3,000 students. To enhance student learning and manage multiple large sections, he is a heavy user of technology both in and outside the classroom. He is also well known around campus for showing video clips to illustrate concepts and inject humorous breaks. In addition to leading workshops for the Stavros Center, he has presented teaching ideas and technology at several national conferences. He is also responsible for training and mentoring new graduate student teaching assistants for their initial teaching responsibilities at FSU. A graduate of Illinois State University with a BS in finance and economics and of DePaul University with an MBA, he began his career in the health care industry before leaving to become an economist. His Ph.D. is from the University of Georgia. Dr. Calhoun has received numerous teaching awards including the Outstanding Graduate Student Teaching Award at the University of Georgia, the Undergraduate Teaching Award at FSU, and three times received the Service Excellence Award for Teaching from Phi Eta Sigma at FSU. He also won first place in the Economics Communicators Contest in 2008 which was cosponsored by the Association of Private Enterprise Education and Market Based Management Institute. He currently resides in Tallahassee, FL with his wife and four daughters.


2003 Ph.D., University of Georiga. Major: Economics.

1997 M.B.A., DePaul University. Major: Buisness Economics.

1990 B.S., Illinois State University. Major: Economics and Finance.

Awards & Honors

Undergraduate Teaching Award, Florida State University (2022).

Undergraduate Teaching Award, College of Social Sciences and Public Policy, Florida State University (2021).

Undergraduate Teaching Award, Florida State University (2016).

Faculty Accessibility Award, Student Disability Resource Center, Florida State University (2012).

Undergraduate Teaching Award, Florida State University (2008).

Selected Publications

Calhoun, J., Gwartney, J. D., Stroup, J. S., Lee, D. R., & Ferrarini, T. H. (2024). Common Sense Economics, What Everyone Should Know About Wealth and Prosperity, 4th edition. New York: St. Martin’s Press.

Joe Calhoun

Department Chair, Director of Stavros Center for Economic Education

203 Stavros Center