Distinguished Professor 2008-2009
Economics and Geography
Jeff Steagall arrived at UNF in 1990 after earning his Ph.D. at the University of Wisconsin. He is Professor of Economics and Richard deRaismes Kip Professor of International Business. He served as Associate Dean of the Coggin College for over 3 years and Director of the International Business program, which became a UNF Flagship program under his leadership, for 13 years. He was recognized in 2008 as a Prime Osborn Distinguished Business Leader.
At the core of Steagall’s professional philosophy is the belief that a modern university can and must be more than just a collection of excellent students, outstanding teachers, and prolific researchers. Building programs, whether curricular, scholarly, or outreach-oriented, is essential. He has striven to be true to that ideal, working to improve the curriculum and the research environment within the Coggin College. While he views mentorship of junior faculty as an important and enjoyable part of his academic life, Steagall is best-known for his work in leading the cultural transformation of the Coggin College in particular, and UNF more generally, through internationalizing teaching and scholarship both on- and off-campus.
Steagall led the first Coggin study abroad course in 1998, as well as 4 more. More importantly, he has grown the number of Coggin study abroad programs to at least 10 per year, with 224 students and 16 faculty participating during 2007-8. He has arranged 20 student exchange programs with foreign universities at which approximately 80 Coggin students studied abroad during 2004-8. Through the exchanges nearly 40% of Coggin faculty taught and/or researched abroad. Steagall helped design the majors in international business (IB) and international studies, the graduate concentration and certificate in IB, and the GlobalMBA program (an international double-degree program with three foreign partner schools). In addition to winning a national “Best Practices in International Education Award,” the GlobalMBA was one of just two programs representing the future of business education featured in Germany’s leading news weekly. A new, bilingual version of the GlobalMBA will be launched in 2010. He has raised approximately $700,000 in study abroad scholarships.
Steagall created two cooperative international research conference series with exchange partners: Warsaw University (9th annual meeting in 2009 with 70 attendees from 20 institutions in 9 countries) and Beijing International Studies University and Cologne University of Applied Sciences (3rd biannual meeting in 2008), all with published proceedings.
Steagall has earned an outstanding teaching evaluation in every year since 1992, also winning two university-wide TIP teaching awards during the 1990s and the UNF Outstanding Undergraduate Teaching Award in 2000. He believes in the symbiosis between teaching and scholarship, having written a series of manuals and an academic article providing a new pedagogy for teaching business statistics with computers in the early 1990s, when few taught that way. He has published an analysis of teaching evaluations, case studies, and articles on innovative international curriculum design. Steagall also has significant research streams examining economic development issues in Central American and Eastern Europe and the political economy of international trade.
Steagall has published 28 articles in high-quality journals, in addition to a monograph, book chapters, contributions to encyclopedias, and practitioner-oriented articles. He was co-editor by invitation of a recent special issue of the Journal of Interdisciplinary Economics that focused on Latin America. He has made 38 research presentations. He co-founded Coggin’s Research Committee, a grass-roots effort to enhance the production and evaluation of research.
Steagall has been extremely active in service activities at all levels, serving on most major college and university committees. For example, he has chaired the Academic Programs and Promotion & Tenure committees and has served on Coggin’s Strategic Planning and various Curriculum committees. His external service includes terms on the Chamber of Commerce’s International Task Force and the Board of the International Visitor Center.