Willard W. Radell

  • Willard W. Radell Office: McElhaney Hall, Room 213-D

    Office Phone: 724-357-4776

    E-mail:  Willard.Radell@iup.edu


    Ph.D., Economics, University of Illinois

    M.S., Economics, University of Illinois

    B.S., Economics, University of Illinois

    Areas of Expertise: 

    Comparative Systems, Economic History, Industrial Organization, Managerial Economics, and Statistical Graphics


    Dr. Radell is a professor in the Department of Economics. He came to IUP in 1981, having begun his college and university teaching career in 1970. A scholarship athlete at the University of Illinois, he lettered in football and wrestling while graduating with a B.S. degree in economics in three years and nine months. His Ph.D. fields were industrial organization, regulation, comparative economic systems, and economic history. His industrial organization and regulation specialties, combined with his knowledge of the structure and performance of government organizations and enterprises (from comparative economic systems), have developed into a strong teaching area in managerial economics. In teaching managerial economics, Dr. Radell emphasizes techniques for integrating visualization strategies with analyses of real data to help students learn to make better, data-driven decisions.

    Dr. Radell’s research areas have included organizational crises, operating efficiency, and economies and diseconomies of scale. His papers and reviews have appeared in The Journal of Developing Areas, World Development, Industrial Crisis Quarterly, The Hispanic American Historical Review, Cuban Studies, Cuba In Transition, Proceedings of the Pennsylvania Economic Association, and as a chapter in Dominic Elliot and Denis Smith’s Key Readings in Crisis Management: Systems and Structures for Prevention and Recovery (Routledge, 2006). Dr. Radell has served as a discussant or presenter at sessions of the Pennsylvania Economic Association, the Association for the Study of the Cuban Economy, the Eastern Economic Association, the American Economic Association, and the Mid-South Academy of Economists. He is currently a member of the American Statistical Association, the Association for the Study of the Cuban Economy, the American Association of University Professors, and the American Economic Association.

    An advocate and practitioner of shared university governance, Dr. Radell has served in the University Senate for most of his years at IUP, as well as serving for more than eight years as a statewide delegate to APSCUF Legislative Assembly.