UNO professor recognized as eminent scholar
August 8th, 2013
Omaha, NE — The University of Nebraska Omaha along with its College of Business Administration has chosen Professor Mark Wohar as the university’s first eminent scholar.
The four-year designation was created by UNO CBA to recognize a tenured faculty member with national or international prominence for the quality and impact of their work.
Wohar, an economics professor, will teach four courses during the 2013-2014 school year, receive a $10,000 stipend and $2,000 toward faculty development as part of his position.
“It’s like the pieces of the puzzle fell together,” Wohar said. “I had been honored overseas and then to come home and have this bestowed on me nationally, I was just so pleased and so honored.”
Although Wohar has published more than 120 peer-reviewed articles, edited three books and been a lecturer at numerous institutions including the University of Notre Dame, Cambridge University and Oxford University, becoming an expert in economics was an unlikely choice.
“I was a math and physics major in college and my first economics class I did not like at all,” he said.
Initially, he decided to attend the MBA program at the University of Delaware. He landed in a micro-economics class where his professor Edwin Wood finally made economics make sense. Wohar eventually decided to pursue a master’s in economics.
The Belle Mead, N.J. native began his career after graduating from the University of Illinois at Urbana- Champaign in 1985 with a Ph.D. in economics. He taught at the University of Miami for three years before working at the Department of Treasury and ultimately settling at UNO.
“I love teaching,” Wohar said. “I never shy away from that. I think it’s really important to impart on our students some of the things we’re working on.”
He recently returned from the United Kingdom’s Loughborough (Luff Bruh) University’s finance department where he served as a visiting faculty member. He will return in 2014 and 2015.
Wohar will continue his international reach by inviting a professor from the UK to present research at UNO in October.
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