Economics Distinguished Professor Honored By Carnegie Mellon

Not only has Dr. Mary Ellen Benedict received numerous honors as an economics faculty member at BGSU, but she was recently presented an alumni association award by the Heinz College at Carnegie Mellon University. Dr. Benedict was selected for the Distinguished Alumni Award based on her outstanding achievements.

Prior to this latest award, Dr. Benedict was designated as a Distinguished Teaching Professor by BGSU’s Board of Trustees in 2010, was presented the BGSU College of Business Leadership Council’s Faculty Excellence Award in Teaching in 2014 and was awarded the Labor and Employment Research Association Education Award.  She was one of several Excellence in Education honorees by Ohio Magazine and received several College of Business and university awards in advising and mentoring during her tenure at BGSU.

She earned her Master’s in Public Policy and Management and her Ph.D. in Economics and Public Policy from Carnegie Mellon in 1985 and 1991, respectively.

The economics professor’s research focus is on labor economics and teaching economics. She is currently investigating how self-employment affects income distribution and the middle class with BGSU faculty colleague Dr. John Hoag and Ohio Northern University Professor David McClough.

Dr. Benedict retired from BGSU after 24 years in 2015.