James Bolchalk, Ph.D.

Jim Bolchalk, Ph.D.Dr. James Bolchalk
Assistant Professor Economics
jbolchal [at] kent.edu

James (Jim) Bolchalk joined the full-time faculty at Kent State Geauga Campus in the fall of 2006 after working for private sector manufacturing firms for several years...  Jim teaches Principles of Micro and Macroeconomics, Managerial Economics, Money and Banking, and the Economics of Poverty.  For the last few years, Jim has taken the micro and macro sections online.  He is a Quality Matters Certified Master Reviewer and Subject Matter Expert.  In addition, Jim earned the Sloan-C Certificate for online learning.

Jim earned both A.A.S. and B.S.A.S. degrees in engineering technology and a M.A. in Economics from Youngstown State University.  He received his Ph.D. in Urban Studies from the University of Akron.  His research interests are regional and urban economics, regional economic development planning, and the pedagogy and problems of distance learning.  Jim received university grants for service learning and “flipped” classroom implementation.  He was also selected for the 2011-2012 Kent State University Scholars Program.  In his service learning class, Jim’s students worked on a variety of undertakings related to economic development including the Virtual One Stop project.

In his spare time, Jim and his wife Diane have been travelling the country visiting his three children and eight grandchildren.  He loyally follows Cleveland and Ohio sports teams and occasionally plays a very inept game of golf.