The Stavros Center currently occupies one of the finest facilities housing economic education in the nation. Our two-story, 3500 square foot building is comprised of offices for the staff, a conference room, a thirty-person classroom, a kitchen, a media center, and a library. Our media center and library house an up-to-date collection of texts, periodicals, journals, films, videotapes and assorted teaching aids. Our library and media resources enable teachers to utilize the most comprehensive materials available for delivering practical and meaningful economic education knowledge to their students. The FSU Stavros Center is open from 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday.
Mission, Structure, and Activities
The mission of the Stavros Center is to further free enterprise and economic education in the schools and the broader community. The Center develops and disseminates innovative ideas and materials that will help make economics more interesting and understandable. It seeks to help instructors at all levels become great teachers of economics.
Established in 1988, the Center is part of the Department of Economics, which is located within the College of Social Sciences. Faculty members associated with the Center are involved in at least one of the two major programs within the Center.
- The Excellence in Economic Education (EEE) program which focuses on promotin g excellence in the teaching of economics.
- The program for the Study of Free Enterprise and Political Economy (SFEPE), which focuses on research designed to enhance the understanding of the institutions and policies supportive of free enterprise.
The Center is affiliated with the Council for Economic Education and the Florida Council for Economic Education. The Center's region within the Florida Council is comprised of the following 12 counties: Bay, Calhoun, Gadsden, Franklin, Gulf, Jackson, Jefferson, Leon, Liberty, Madison, Taylor and Wakulla.
The activities of the Center include:
- Workshops and Seminars: Provide workshops, seminars, and materials designed to promote a better understanding of economic issues for teachers, university students, and local citizens.
- Product Development: Develop new and creative materials and approaches for teaching economics including videos, games, and computerized materials.
- Training for Teachers: Offer special courses and workshops for the training of active and future social science teachers that both cover the concepts of economics and focus on how to teach them in a stimulating manner.
- Research: Promote research on political economy and the institutional environment for the efficient operation of a free enterprise economy.