Ken Blanchard College of Business
M.A. in Mathematical Economics and Finance - Washington State University, WA
B.A. in Economics - Pahlavi University, Iran
About Maria Ramjerdi
Maria Ramjerdi is an Adjunct Professor of Economics at Grand Canyon University in Phoenix, Arizona. She primarily teaches graduate and intermediate economics courses. Maria Ramjerdi has 30 years teaching experience, both online and traditional, at graduate and undergraduate levels. Her published papers (she used her middle name, Hamideh) with co-author Anthony D'Amato titled "The Intellectual Property Right Laws of the People's Republic of China," is published in a top tier journal, the North Carolina Journal of International Law and Commercial Regulation, Vol.84, No. 5, 1995. This paper was used as reference by many countries to revise their Intellectual Property Right Laws, and is cited by many respected authors in top tier journals such as DePaul-LCA Journal of Art and Entertainment Law, UCLA Entertainment Law Review, and Wisconsin International Law Journal. Another paper Maria coauthored, "People's Republic of China: Marketization through Systems of Law", was published in Academy of Marketing Sciences. Her paper "Growth and Productivity Measures of China due to International Trade: PRC'S experience 1970-1993" Asia Europe Journal was awarded.
Maria Ramjerdi holds a M.A. and ABD in Mathematical Economics and Public Finance from Washington State University, Pullman Washington. Her B.A. in Economics is from Pahlavi University, which was associated with University of Pennsylvania
Her primary research interests are international trade and intellectual property right laws. By invitation, she is presently writing a chapter for a book on theories of international trade. The book is to be published in June 2012.
How has facilitating online courses at GCU helped you find your purpose?
Online teaching is a dynamic process which requires constantly challenging students to keep interest in a topic. It requires staying current by bringing real life examples to class and giving life to abstract theories with which students often have difficulty. This increases student learning and critical thinking.
What is one effective teaching strategy you use in your online classes?
One of the key strategies in teaching online and traditional classes is empowering students by requiring additional research, both theoretical and hands-on experience.
What is a GCU online student success story you can share?
Often, students have a hard time writing academic papers in APA style. I have had students who unintentionally commit plagiarism in their first papers, but by working with the student, pointing out how to improve the quality of papers, and monitoring progress throughout the term, the results have been rewarding. One of my international students seemed to have a very hard time writing papers. This student's first paper consisted of about 90% direct quotes from different sources, but I guided the student by demonstrating that for 20% direct quote there must be at least 80% of the student's analysis. This increased the student's critical thinking, and by the end of the term the student's grade was not in jeopardy.