Michael Watts is a Professor of Economics and Director of the Center for Economic Education. He holds a courtesy appointment in Purdue’s School of Education and is a member of the University’s Teaching Academy. He served as Chair of the American Economic
Association’s Committee on Economic Education from 2006 - 2012. He also served as an associate editor of the Journal of Economic Education (JEE) from 1988-2008, and continues to serve on the JEE editorial board, as well as the boards of several other economic
education journals. He was elected first vice president of the Midwest Economics Association for 2003-03. Based on citation counts, he was listed in Who’s Who in Economics (4th ed., 2003).
He has received awards from the National Council on Economic Education and the National Association of Economic Educators for research (1992), "vision" (1995), and his international work (2001), including designing, coordinating, and teaching in programs
for university economists and trainers of secondary economics teachers in eastern and Central Europe, the former Soviet Union, and after 2002 in emerging market economies. Professor Watts made more than 50 trips to transition economies from 1992 - 2005. He
has been a featured speaker at international conferences in Europe, Asia, Australia, and Egypt. His articles have appeared in leading economics, economic education, and social studies education journals, and he is the editor or co-editor of The Literary Book
of Economics (ISI Books, 2003), Reforming Economics and Economics Teaching in the Transition Economies: From Marx to Markets in the Classroom (Elgar, 2002 – with W. Walstad), Teaching Economics to Undergraduates: Alternatives to Chalk and Talk (Elgar, 1998
– with W. Becker), and Teaching Economics: More Alternatives to Chalk and Talk (Elgar, 2006 – with W. Becker and S. Becker).