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Kim Holder

Kim Holder is the Director of the University of West Georgia’s (UWG) Center for Economic Education and Financial Literacy and Senior Lecturer of Economics in the Richards College of Business (RCOB). She’s an alumna of UWG and Georgia State University’s Andrew Young School of Policy Studies.

Kim’s passion for her students is notable both inside and outside of the classroom. Her work on campus has been recognized by the UWG Student Government Association’s Faculty Member of the Year Award (2014), the UWG Alumni Association’s J. Owen Moore Faculty Award (2016), and the UWG Athletic Foundation’s Faculty Member of the Year Westpy Award (2016) which was created in recognition of her service. She is also the recipient of the RCOB Excellence in Teaching (2014), Service (2015), and Research (2016) awards, along with multiple faculty-sponsored undergraduate research awards for mentoring undergraduate research students. Most recently, Kim earned the 2017 UWG Employee of the Year Award, the university’s highest honor for faculty and staff and her work was featured in Georgia Trend magazine.

Holder’s academic research focuses on creatively teaching with media and social media to break down barriers to economics education. She created the National Rockonomix Contest (Journal of Economic Education) along with other innovative techniques (“Putting Yourself in the Picture with an ECONSelfie”, International Review of Economic Education, “Art of Econ: Incorporating the Arts through Active Learning Assignments in Principles Courses”, Journal of Economics and Finance Education, and “The Economics of The Hunger Games”, International Journal of Pluralism and Economics Education) in order to engage today’s students. She is also the co-author of The Ultimate Guide to Teaching Macroeconomics (W.W. Norton) and the Digital Implementation Guide for Mankiw’s Principles of Economics (Cengage), instructional resources for teaching economists.

Her work in economics education has been recognized most recently by the 1st Place Best in Class Award (2015) by the National Economics Teaching Association and the Rising Star Award (2016) and Abbejean Kehler Technology Award (2020) by the National Association of Economics Educators and the 2020 Center Director of the Year by the Georgia Council on Economic Education. Kim served as a founding advisory board member of the Journal of Economics Teaching, she is a trustee board member for the UWG Athletic Foundation, and is a board member focused on economic education for the Association of Private Enterprise Education and the Journal of Private Enterprise.


  • B.S., Economics, University of West Georgia, 2008
  • M.A., Economics, Georgia State University, 2010

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