I am devoted to teaching, and my record shows a rich portfolio and consistently strong course evaluations. My scores for Overall Teaching have improved from 4.27 in my first course to 4.79 in my last. My last course was recognized by students for being an outstanding Mason Core course.
I was also nominated for the 2018 George Mason University Teaching Excellence Award for mentoring undergraduate interdisciplinary research projects and the 2017 Career Connection Faculty Award for my outstanding teaching and positive impact on students’ career goals, employment plans, and graduate school preparation.
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Hear from my students! Student Testimonials
As a Teaching Excellence Award winner, Dr. Shannon Davis observed my ECON 385 lecture to evaluate course design and teaching. A summary of her observations is below. Read her full observations here.
Mr. Hammer skillfully uses techniques for teaching that are consistent with his discipline, connecting with students and their own lives as he invites them into contemporary conversations around economics, development, and policy decisions. I was impressed by his course design, his preparation, his classroom presence, and his ability to connect with his students.
Primary Instructor Ratings
I was the primary instructor for the following six courses taught at George Mason University:
- ECON 104 – A01, Macroeconomic Principles, Summer 2017, Course Evaluations – Outstanding Mason Core Course
- ECON 410 – 001, Public Choice, Spring 2017, Course Evaluations
- ECON 385 – 003, International Economic Policy, Fall 2016, Course Evaluations
- ECON 385 – A01, International Economic Policy, Summer 2016, Course Evaluations
- ECON 104 – C01, Macroeconomic Principles, Summer 2015, Course Evaluations
- ECON 103 – C02, Microeconomic Principles, Summer 2014, Course Evaluations
My overall course ratings are higher than the department’s ratings for all six courses. The scale is from 1 to 5, with 5 being the highest.
With the exception of my first course, my overall teaching ratings are higher than the department’s ratings.
Other Teaching / Mentoring Experience
Undergraduate Student Mentor, George Mason University, 2017
Volunteer Economics Lecturer, Loysville Youth Development Center, 2011
Teaching Assistant for Supply Chain Management, Pennsylvania State University, 2003