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

April 24, 2019

It’s no secret that downtown State College is changing before our eyes. Two new high rise apartment buildings – The Met and The Rise – are already open for business.

Teaching Related

April 08, 2019

Jadrian Wooten remembers professors instructing him to check out DVD clips from the library when he was an undergrad. Today, as an associate teaching professor of economics at Penn State in University Park, Pennsylvania, Wooten is on the flip side of the camera; he creates his own short educational videos to enhance traditional reading materials and lectures.

Service Focus

March 29, 2019

The Paterno Fellows Program sought out to kickstart a conversation about THON at its second annual current issues forum, “Understanding THON: For Which Kids? Starting a Conversation.”

Research Focus

February 08, 2019

Penn State is full of intelligent professors who can help students make sense of the challenges they’ll likely face in the near future. One such challenge is preparing for the increased role that automation will play in the work force in the decades to come.

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