School of Arts & Sciences
Assistant Professor of Economics
CNR’s sincere sense of community and great emphasis on student centeredness allowed me to build strong professional relationships with some students from the beginning.
In just a little over a year at The College of New Rochelle, Jorge Medina is already reaping plenty of rewards in his work with students.
The Assistant Professor of Economics tells of a recent School of Arts & Sciences graduate who took one of his classes last fall. He helped her prepare for the job market by looking at her resume and conducting a mock interview, and she recently let him know she had been hired.
"I felt I contributed with my little grain of sand in her success," Medina said.
Being able to see his efforts bear fruit is one of the benefits of being at CNR, Medina said. "CNR’s sincere sense of community and great emphasis on student centeredness allowed me to build strong professional relationships with some students from the beginning," he said. This is a rare experience at the larger institutions where he has taught, including the City College of New York and Brooklyn College.
Medina's first experience in teaching came while he was an undergraduate at Rutgers University, tutoring international students from a preparatory school in Newark, NJ. "I found that extremely valuable and rewarding," he said, and set him on the path toward a career in education instead of joining the private sector.
In addition to a B.A. from Rutgers, Medina also holds a Master's from Queens College, and a Master of Philosophy degree and Ph.D. from the City University of New York.
Medina has taught a range of courses, including introductory ones such as principles of microeconomics and macroeconomics, to international trade, statistics for business and economics, money and banking, and environmental economics. He has also given recitations for a master's level course at the Columbia University Mailman School of Public Health, and he is currently teaching a graduate health economics course at New York University Wagner Graduate School of Public Service.
Medina's research interests revolve around health economics, behavioral economics and development economics. He's also interested in the role immigration plays in those fields, having come to the U.S. from Lima, Peru as a student. In fact, he'll be discussing the economic causes and effects of Hispanic immigration in the U.S. at noon on October 11, in the Iselin Room of the Sweeny Student Center.
"Economics is essentially the study of the decision-making process of individuals," said Medina. His talk will seek to explain the incentives, either self-created or imposed by others, that motivate Hispanic immigration of all kinds, as well as some of the economic impacts of these decisions.
Longer term, Medina is excited about meeting new students and continuing to share his knowledge and experience to positively affect their education.
"The first year flew by," Medina said. "It's been incredibly good -- everybody has been extremely friendly and welcoming."