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 TAWNI HUNT FERRARINI is the Robert W. Plaster Professor of Economic Education at the Lindenwood University's Hammond Institute. She specializes in expanding the reach of sound economic education regionally, nationally, and internationally. Through her teaching experiences, research, and service, positive attention continues to be drawn to the important role of responsible and accountable individuals in society. Ferrarini specializes in technologically-enhanced instruction and has contributed to the redesign of Junior Achievement USA in celebration of its 100th anniversary, has published numerous articles, and is the co-author of three books. Find Tawni Hunt Ferrarini on ResearchGate. ​


Tawni Hunt Ferrarini serves as a faculty scholar for the Fraser Institute (Canada), Council on Economic Education (Japan), and Mackinac Center for Public Policy (Michigan). Her reputation as a dynamic speaker on economic topics brings her around the globe. She is widely known for exciting various audiences about how sound economic reasoning can help them take firm steps toward living personally rewarding lives. Accolades include the 2020 National Association of Economic Educator's Patricia Elder International Award, 2016 Upper Peninsula Economic Development Alliance Nonprofit Award, 2012 Council on Economic Education’s Albert Beekhuis Center Award, 2010 Michigan Council on Economic Education Educator’s Award, 2009 NAEE Abbejean Kehler Technology Award (inaugural recipient), and a distinguished faculty member at NMU in 2009. In 2015, she was called into leadership service and carried out her responsibilities as the president of the National Association of Economic Educators.


From 1998 - 2018, she called Northern Michigan University home, where she served as the only endowed chair as the Sam. M. Cohodas professor. Co-authored books include: Common Sense Economics: What Everyone Should Know About Wealth and Prosperity (2016, St. Martin’s Press), Economic Episodes in American History (2019, Wohl Publishing), and Teachers Can Be Financially Fit (Springer, 2020). Common Sense Economics has been translated into Spanish, Portuguese (Brazil), Korean, Myanmar, and Nepali. The second edition has been published in Turkish and Thai. Peer-reviewed articles also appear in academic and education journals. Tawni earned her doctorate from Washington University, where she studied under the 1993 Nobel laureate Douglass C. North. She has a bachelor of arts degree in mathematics from Southern Illinois University - Carbondale.


Teachers Can Be Financially Fit Virtual Book Club

Host: Center for Economic Education, Indiana State University

Contact: Katrina Babb, Director


Making Economics Relevant: Applications of Economic Principles in the Real World
Host: National Association of Economic Educators @ #ASSA2024
Location: Grand Hyatt, Bowie A

Jan 6

Money Smart Month @ Lindenwood

Host: Economic Education Center

Details forthcoming

Jan 23 - Mar 19


Tawni Ferrarini specializes in leading economic, personal finance, and entrepreneurship events. She also hosts webinars to reach people in remote locations or with restricted time or travel budgets, giving them an opportunity to learn more about developing practical online courses with rich content.


Tawni Ferrarini is here to help you with her innovative workshops and activities! She can help K-12 teachers to plan day-long activities that engages middle, high school or college students. In addition, she can even bring media correspondents to your organization and excite groups about the economic way of thinking. Schedule an event with her and bring sound economic reasoning to your groups!

Tawni Ferrarini's recent projects offer a learning opportunity for people from around the world to join her in exploring how to use sound economic reasoning to make financially sound and take steps toward crafting personally rewarding lives. Join Tawni to learn more in her short courses. Read more to find out how you can benefit from these projects!

If you're looking to learn more economics and acquire practical money management skills, Tawni Ferrarini's recent projects are the perfect opportunity. With her expertise in sound economic reasoning, her short courses can help you make economically sound and personally rewarding decisions. Get ready to explore these projects and find out how they can benefit you!

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