About Us

The NIU Center for Economic Education was established in 1970 to provide economic education professional development programs for K-12 teachers in the northern Illinois region. The center offers teachers, school districts and community organizations the curriculum, resources and training necessary to teach the fundamental concepts and skills students need to understand and succeed in our market economy.

We are part of the Council for Economic Education, a network of educators recognized across the country as the premier provider of economic education professional development programs for teachers, curriculum consulting, curriculum materials and student economic education programs. Our programs integrate the teaching of economics (including consumer economics) throughout the curriculum. We also offer training in economics courses and in providing economics and financial literacy programs to help schools develop a comprehensive curriculum for economics.

Located in Northern Illinois University, we serve the 11 counties in the northern Illinois region from McHenry, Kane and DuPage County School Districts 203 and 204 in the east to the Mississippi River in the west and south to I-80. 


Tammy Batson, Director

Tammy Batson is the Director of the Northern Illinois University Center for Economic Education. She is the Undergraduate Coordinator for the Department of Economics at Northern Illinois University in DeKalb, Illinois. She focuses on innovative teaching techniques for her courses on contemporary economics, macroeconomics, and government and business. All of her classes emphasize current events and discussion of numerous contemporary videos. Dr. Batson completed her doctorate exploring school choice policies and quantifying neighborhood school qualities. Parts of her dissertation research have been published in the journal Land Economics.


Advisory Committee

A multi-disciplinary Advisory Committee brings a wealth of approaches to the center’s mission and programs.

Tammy Batson, Ph.D., Director NIU Center for Economic Education and Undergraduate Coordinator, NIU Department of Economics

Carl Campbell, Ph.D., Professor and Chair, NIU Department of Economics

Sadie Filipski, Teacher and NIU Alumna

Josh Huseman, Director, Private Client Services, First National Bank

Ursula Sullivan, Ph.D., Associate Professor, NIU Department of Marketing

Gina Nicolosi, Ph.D., Associate Professor and Chair, Department of Finance

Current Economic Student Association President

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