Jadrian J. Wooten

Educator and Researcher

Jadrian Wooten is an award-winning educator and is currently an Associate Teaching Professor at The Pennsylvania State University within the Department of Economics. His research interests are in managerial and labor related issues in sports as well as teaching pedagogy. He is also deeply involved in developing teaching resources for university and high school economics instructors. He is most well known for his work on the integration of media into the economics curriculum. 

Academic Appointments

The Pennsylvania State University

Department of Economics

Associate Teaching Professor Economics (2019 — Present)

Assistant Teaching Professor of Economics (2018 — 2019)

Lecturer of Economics (2014 — 2018)

Washington State University

Department of Educational Leadership & Counseling Psychology

Adjunct Instructor (2013 — 2015)

School of Economics Sciences

Graduate Instructor (2012 — 2014)


PhD in Economics (2014)

Washington State University

Fields: Industrial Organization and Environmental & Natural Resources

Master of Business Administration (2010)

Sam Houston State University

Emphasis: Economics and Management

Bachelor of Business Administration (2009)

Sam Houston State University

Majors: Economics and Management

Minors: Entrepreneurship

With Honors from the Elliot T. Bowers Honors Program


I love to travel and am always looking for more places to visit.


I'm available for speaking events at your school or organization.


I'm a huge book nerd and love to read a variety of books. 


I've always been fascinated by stadiums so I'm trying to visit them all.

Stories about me, my teaching,

or my research

Teaching Focus

September 10, 2020

With the partial or complete switch to online classes, some students have noticed professors teaching past the scheduled class end-time more frequently or changing instruction modes.

Teaching Focus

September 04, 2020

Listen as authors Glenn Hubbard and Tony O'Brien have a wide-ranging discussion with Jadrian Wooten, an economics professor at Penn State University. Jadrian discusses some pedagogical approaches in his online classes, his use of a standing desk in zoom teaching his large classes, as well as the unclear impact of missing college football to the local college economies.

Teaching Focus

August 18, 2020

Leslie Knope put it best when she said, “We need to remember what’s important in life: friends, waffles, work Jim O’Heir shouting out Penn State.”

Teaching Focus

July 03, 2020

Many Penn State students who logged into LionPATH on Monday were surprised to learn some of their classes, even smaller ones, would be taught remotely in the fall.

Teaching Focus

June 20, 2020

"I will listen and believe you if someone is threatening you."


These simple words, printed on stickers recently donated to the Lauren McCluskey Foundation, are a summation of "Lauren's Promise" — a vow that educators at all levels, but particularly in higher education, can include on their course syllabi to let students know they're ready to listen and to help.

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