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

The Need For Normalcy & Human Interaction In The Remote Learning Period

Teaching Focus

March 16, 2020

The remote learning period that Penn State is about to enter is bound to bring its fair share of adjustments and growing pains. Some, like technical difficulties, we can predict pretty comfortably. Others remain to be seen as classes resume.

Teaching Focus

January 23, 2020

Taking exams, especially finals, is difficult as it is, but imagine taking them on an empty stomach. For students observing the Muslim holiday of Ramadan, that could become a reality this semester.

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.

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