Dr. Josh Price epitomizes the definition of “my professor knows my name” at Southern Utah University. With a plate full of economics, and a love for music on Fridays, Price takes his teaching to the next level.
Originally from Portland, Oregon, Price started his education at Brigham Young University.
“As an undergrad, I was on track to go to law school until I took a statistics class,” said Price. “Years of memorizing stats on the back of baseball cards now seemed useful; that or my inner nerd was unleashed. Either way, I changed tracks and pursued a Ph.D. in economics.”
Price earned a B.A. in economics from BYU. Then, at Cornell University, he earned an M.A. in economics and Ph.D. in policy analysis and management.
After college, Price realized his professional sports career would not amount to anything. To keep his passion alive, he realize he could become a teacher and play in intramural sports. His work began as an economist for Litigation Analytics, Inc. in the Dallas/Fort Worth area, where he specialized in estimating lost wages and cost of care in civil litigation cases.
He became an assistant professor of economics at the University of Texas at Arlington. His first round of teaching included classes in sports economics, economics of public policy, and econometrics. Price joined the SUU faculty in 2014 because he wanted to work with students in a more one-on-one setting.
“When I was approached about an opportunity to work at SUU, I was all in,” said Price. “It was exactly what I wanted in a college atmosphere. I love all the extracurricular activities that I get to participate in as a professor and everything that I get to bring my kids to.”
Now, as an assistant professor of economics, he teaches the following classes:
- ECON 2010 Principles of Microeconomics
- ECON 2500 Quantitative Methods
- ECON 4900 Economics of Public Policy
- ECON 4900 Data Analysis using STATA
His work over the years has positively impacted students and made a difference in their lives.
“The recognition that meant the most for me was when some students gave me a letter explaining the impact I had on them,” said Price. “Knowing that I was able to make a difference in the life of my students is the best form of recognition.”
Price’s interests include playing every sport at the junior varsity level, coaching his son’s sports teams and teaching them programming, going on family adventures, and attempting to finish crossword puzzles with his wife.