Economics Professor

Jack A. Chambless is a professor of economics and professional speaker. He has taught since 1991 at Valencia College in Orlando, Florida where he served as the the Patricia Whalen Chair in Social Science in 1999 and 2004. In 1999 & 2015 he received the NISOD award for excellence in teaching. He has won Valencia's "Student Choice Award" for teaching excellence 7 times.

In addition to teaching Principles of Microeconomics and Macroeconomics he has also taught honors courses in economics, two online courses (since 1999) and special topics courses entitled "Biological Economics" and "Oil, Economics and Terrorism."

He has contributed more than 125 articles to the Op-Ed pages of The Orlando Sentinel and has had his work published in The Wall Street Journal, The Los Angeles Times, The University of Miami Law Review, The Dallas Morning News, The Chicago Tribune, The Public Utilities Fortnightly, USA Today and many other domestic publications. His work has been cited in The Wall Street Journal, USA Today, ESPN Magazine, U.S. News & World Report, Reason Magazine, The Foreign Press Review, The Atlanta Journal & Constitution, The Detroit News, The British Caledonian Press and many other foreign and domestic publications.

In addition to teaching, Professor Chambless speaks around the United States on the Economics of Liberty. He has lectured at The Foundation for Economic Education in New York, South Carolina and Florida; The Young America's Foundation Freedom Fest in Las Vegas; The Florida Libertarian Convention, The Florida Parent Educators Association convention and at Penn State University, Rollins College, Florida State University, UCF and Georgia State University. He has appeared on national television and radio broadcasts including CNBC's Inside Opinion, FoxNews Europe and Your World with Neal Cavuto (FoxNews), The Neal Boortz Show, the BBC, National Public Radio and The Jim Hightower Show. He is also currently serving as a policy advisor for The Heartland Institute - a think tank in Chicago, Illinois and is a Senior Fellow with the James Madison Institute in Tallahassee. From 2015-2020 he was the head baseball coach at Legacy High School in Ocoee, Florida where he was named District 2A-11 Florida Coach of the Year in 2020.

He is the author of two economics textbooks - An Applied Approach to Microeconomics (8th ed) and An Applied Approach to Macroeconomics (8th ed), both published by Kendall Hunt.

Professor Chambless enjoys hiking, camping and canoeing in Colorado, the Northwestern United States, Minnesota, and Canada as well as photography and the production of custom-made hiking sticks in his spare time.


West Campus
11-200 C


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