Jim Polito is a Ph.D. economist with a wide range of teaching and professional accomplishments that range from being selected “A Most Outstanding Professor” to being a policy advisor to high-level government officials including Legislators, Regulators, Consumer Advocates and the State of Nevada, Attorney General. Prior to joining Marian University, Jim enjoyed employment with the State of Indiana, Office of Utility Consumer Counselor as Director, Economic and Regulatory Analysis. Jim's experience in the regulatory arena also includes serving as the Senior Economist with the State of Nevada, Office of Attorney General; a policy advisor to the Public Utilities Commissions of Nevada and Indiana; and as a consultant to the Wisconsin Energy Conservation Corporation and the Iowa Department of Justice, Office of Consumer Advocate. Typical responsibilities of these positions include fiscal and policy analysis; drafting legislation, regulation and expert witness testimony; and testifying before regulatory agencies and legislative committees.
Areas of Teaching
Jim's teaching career began at Rutgers University, New Brunswick, New Jersey and continued at DePauw University, Greencastle, Indiana, where he taught classes in Labor Economics, Economic Ideologies and the History of Economic Thought. Jim's current teaching interests include Contemporary Economic Problems, International Trade and Finance, Economics and Ethics, History of Economic Thought, and Macroeconomic Theory. Jim's classroom goals include: fostering a love of learning that includes the recognition and support of intellectual and creative excellence, a respect for the freedom of inquiry and speech, and openness to the views of others; enhancing critical thinking, problem solving and creative skills that emphasize analytical reasoning and the techniques and principles of the economist; providing a forum that allows for the examination of values and growth and that encourages serious reflection on the moral and ethical aspects of the individual economic experience; and providing classroom experiences that allow students to connects values, leadership and action and which require students to interact with business people, projects and opportunities.