Economics and Decision Sciences


Tara Feld
MBA Director & Associate Dean
Associate Professor of Economics

Stipes Hall 101; CBT Dean's Office
(309) 298-2442

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Ph.D. Economics, University of South Carolina, 1998, Efficiency and Equity Considerations of Government Contracts.
B.S. Economics and International Business, Jacksonville University

Tara (Westerhold) Feld joined the College of Business and Technology as Interim Associate Dean in July 2019. Feld received her Ph.D. in Economics from the University of South Carolina in 1998 and a B.S. in Economics and International Business at Jacksonville University in Jacksonville, Florida.

Tara originally joined the WIU economics faculty in 1998 with specializations in applied microeconomics and public finance. She has taught a variety of undergraduate and graduate economics courses, including the Managerial Economics course required in the MBA program. During her time here at WIU, Tara served as the Undergraduate Program Coordinator for the Department of Economics and Decision Sciences, and as Interim Department Chair from 2017-2019.

Her current research focuses on two areas: pedagogical research examining student learning outcomes across different learning environments (traditional, hybrid, and online formats) as well as experimental work examining social norms for equity.

Upper Division and Graduate Course Responsibilities

Economics 330: Intermediate Microeconomics
Economics 332: Managerial Economics
Economics 381: Economic Problem Solving
Economics 432G: Public Finance
Economics 538: Managerial Economics
Economics 548: International Economic Relations