James D. Shaffer

James D. Shaffer

Ph.D.,1953. Michigan State University
B.S., 1947. Michigan State University

Professor Emeritus

Agricultural, Food, and Resource Economics
Michigan State University

AEC/AFRE Faculty, 1953 - 1997
AEC Instructor, 1947 - 1953

Sarasota, Florida

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Student Mentoring

Teaching Experience

  • Professor Shaffer taught major graduate courses dealing with institutions, behavrior and performance, and developed new undergraduate applied policy courses. He gave strong, continuing leadership to the undergraduate and graduate teaching programs at Michigan State University.   He chaired the committee which developed a new undergraduate public affairs management curriculum, including the development and teaching of its introductory course.  He was on countless graduate student advisory committees, and was major professor for over 58 students.  Former graduate students and colleagues in research and outreach projects around the world regard Shaffer as an outstanding teacher who stimulated and challenged them to apply theory, analytical tools, and relevant data in creative ways. His Socratic method of teaching and personal example motivated students and colleagues to explore new areas and undertake research on difficult, but real, problems.