Economics Faculty

Lance Renner

Dean of Business, Accounting, & Economics Division

B.A., Drury University
MBA, Drury University
ABD, Education Administration - Saint Louis University

Office: Richwood Valley Campus, LSC 307   Phone: (417) 447-7451

What courses do you teach? ECO 270 Principles of Macroeconomics.

What is your favorite website? Everything about Apple and Amazon.

Why do you enjoy working at OTC? I have worked at OTC for over 15 years, and I enjoy the daily interaction with students and other educators.

What book(s) are you currently reading? I am currently reading all of the Vince Flynn's novels.

What teacher had the most impact on you? My high school English teacher.

Nick Spangenberg

Economics Instructor

B.S., University of Missouri-Rolla
M.A. Indiana University

Office: ICE 351H   Phone: (417) 447-8260

What courses do you teach? ECO 270 Principles of Macroeconomics and ECO 275 Microeconomics.

Favorite websites:  http://www.treasurydirect.gov/NP/BPDLogin?application=np (The U.S. treasury official debt to the penny).

How long have you been teaching at OTC? 12 years.

What kind of music is on your iPod? I have a bit of everything, but primarily 80's hard rock/metal (Poison, Jackyl, Slayer, Dio, Metallica, Van Halen, Motley Crue).

Jeff Wisdom

Economics Instructor

B.A., Business in Economics - Austin Peay State University
B.S., Political Science, Austin Peay State University
MBA, Economics - University of Memphis
Educational Specialist in Adult Learning - University of Arkansas

Office: ICE 233   Phone: (417) 447-8262

What courses do you teach? ECO 270 Principles of Macroeconomics and ECO 275 Principles of Microeconomics.

What was your favorite course in college? My favorite courses as an undergraduate student were those in political science. I have always been interested in government and public policy. Studying economics was a great complement to political science courses, so I ended up with a double major studying both.

Describe your ideal vacation: In 2011, my wife and I were married on the beach in Hawaii. It was the most beautiful place either of us had ever visited, with pristine sand and spectacular sunsets. It is still our ideal vacation spot and we look forward to returning for an anniversary trip in the near future.

How long have you been working at OTC? I have been at OTC since 2003. I originally came to OTC to help build and support the online program as the full-time Coordinator of Instructional Technology and Distance Learning. I worked extensively with course development on Blackboard. I taught as an adjunct at OTC from 2003-2007. From 2004-2007, I returned to the classroom full-time as an instructor at another institution. I returned to OTC to teach economics full-time in 2007. Overall, I am in my 17th year of teaching economics at the college level.