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July 2013


Lanny Arvan

Now Retired and Visiting Associate Professor of Economics, Previously

CIO and Associate Dean for eLearning, College of Business and
Associate Professor of Economics
University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

Joined Faculty: August 1980

HOME ADDRESS: 3009 Summithill Place

Champaign, IL 61822

Home Phone: (217) 355-8399

OFFICE ADDRESS: 214 David Kinley Hall

1407 W. Gregory
Urbana, IL 61801

Cell Phone: (217) 722-7012

E-Mail: larvan@illinois.edu
Weblog: http://lanny-on-learn-tech.blogspot.com/

BIRTHDATE: January 11, 1955


Ph.D., Economics, Northwestern University, 1981

M.A., Economics, Northwestern University, 1978
B.A., Mathematics, Cornell University, 1976

January 2011 December 2012 Visiting Associate Professor of Economics, Collage of
Liberal Arts and Sciences, University of Illinois
October 2006 July 2010 CIO and Associate Dean for eLearning, College of Business,
University of Illinois
Directed the Colleges eLearning effort including blended learning in
undergraduate core courses, online summer versions of core offerings, and initial
forays into blended learning for non-resident Executive and Professional MBA
programs and one-year professional Masters programs.
Supported and promoted all faculty generated inquiries into eLearning
originating within the College.
Responded and supported student generated demands for new IT services.
Coordinated with the Library on the provision of research related IT services.
Along with the CIOs from other Colleges, worked with Campus to ensure good
and efficient distribution of IT services between Campus and College providers.
Oversaw the Office of Instructional Management, the IT support unit for the
College of Business.
Managed the relationship with Campus regarding the new Business Instructional
Facility a state of the art $62M building, where the College has responsibility for
support of the classrooms and other learning spaces although many of the
classrooms are general assignment.
Worked with the Dean to ensure College IT is reasonably budgeted and well
aligned with College mission.

June 2002 September 2006 Assistant CIO for Educational Technologies, Campus
Information Technology and Educational Services (CITES), University of Illinois
Oversaw two divisions in CITES: Classroom Technologies and Educational
Executive Sponsor of Illinois Compass, the campus course management
Campus Ambassador for any and all activities in the learning technology arena,
whether campus supported or in the departments
Frye Leadership Institute Attendee, summer 2003
Past Chair of the CIC Learning Technology Group
Head Facilitator, Faculty Summer Institute, 1997-2006.

June 1999 May 2002: Director, Center for Educational Technologies (CET), University
of Illinois
Oversaw campus faculty development summer grant program and associated
Directed Center that supported faculty in the online component for instruction
both infrastructure and faculty development
Went from 50% Administrator and 50% regular faculty member to full time
administrator in AY 2001-02.
Managed the CET side of the merger between CET and CCSO, the large campus
academic computing organization. The merged entity is CITES.

July 1998 June 2000: Director, Sloan Center for Asynchronous Learning Environments
(SCALE), University of Illinois

Oversaw project in Economic Statistics for first round of Pew funded program in
course redesign.
Managed the transition from SCALE, a soft-money organization, to CET a hard
money Campus Unit that absorbed a different campus unit, ETAG.
Continued with SCALE grant program in a more modest effort and a new
initiative to use innovative faculty rather than support staff to encourage other
faculty into deeper adoption of ALN
Sustained some ongoing Efficiency Projects and started a couple of other
efficiency projects.

October 1996 - June 1998: Associate Director, SCALE, University of Illinois

Oversight of SCALE faculty grant program and SCALE operations
Initiated SCALE Efficiency Projects
Obtained SCALE Renewal Grant funding

May 1996 September 1996: Assistant Director, SCALE, University of Illinois

Assisted on SCALE evaluation through interviews with faculty users and editing
drafts of evaluation documents.

August 1987 July 2010 Associate Professor, Department of Economics, University of

August 1981 July 1987: Assistant Professor, Department of Economics, University of
August 1980 July 1981: Lecturer, Department of Economics, University of Illinois



Principal Investigator on the SCALE renewal grant, 1998 - 2000, awarded by the Alfred P. Sloan
Foundation - $600,000.

Principal Investigator on a grant for the Pew Charitable Trusts Learning and Technology
Program, 1999 2001, $200,000 awarded.


Dialogic Learning Objects: Inviting the Student Into the Instructional Process


Columnist for Educause Quarterly Framing Questions, 2009

Innovations and Tragic Tories
Dis-Integrating the LMS
Sunsetting IT Services
What If We Are Wrong?

Faculty member in the Educause Institute Learning Technology Leadership Program, 2007

Member Educause 20-20 group, 2005-2006.


Designing for Effective Change, fall 2009.

Inside Higher Ed piece about blogging in this class


Guessing Games (10 out of the planned 12 chapters have first drafts)


The Economics Metaphor
ProfArvan YouTube Channel
Excelets to accompany Besanko, Braeutigam: Microeconomics, 2 nd Edition.
The Excelets Page


September 13, 2005 Presentation at CIC TechForum, Minneapolis Minnesota, Partnering

between Campus and College IT, with Craig Jackson

October 20, 2004 Presentation at Educause Annual Conference, Denver Colorado, Living to
Tell the Tale: Surviving the CMS Implementation, with Stephen R. Acker and Kathleen

March 15, 2000 Presentation at Pew Trusts Grantee Meeting, Washington D.C., Learning
Outcomes in Econ 172-173 (Probability & Statistics).

January 9, 2000 Invited Presentation at AEA Annual Meeting, Boston, An Asynchronous

Learning Approach to Teaching Economics Principles.

December 13, 1999 Invited Presentation to Board of Regents, State of Maryland, Ed Tech
Faculty Development: Issues and Implementation.

October 9, 1999 - Presentation at Fifth International Conference on Asynchronous Learning

Networks, New York, NY. "Diffusing Pedagogical and Technological Innovations: A
Different Approach," with R. Varkki George

November 16, 1998 - Presentation at Fourth International Conference on Asynchronous Learning

Networks, New York, NY. "The SCALE Efficiency Projects," with Diane Musumeci.

June 19, 1998 - Presentation at the Learning Online Conference, Roanoke Virginia, "The SCALE
Efficiency Projects."

March 29, 1998 - Presentation at Michigan State University, East Lansing, Michigan. "Using
ALN in Econ 300 and the SCALE Evaluation."

October 4, 1997 - Presentation at Third International Conference on Asynchronous Learning

Networks, New York, NY. "Bottom Up or Top Down? Using ALN to Attain Efficiencies
in Instruction."

November 8, 1996 - Presentation for North Central Communication Heads Annual Meeting.
"SCALE - The Who, What, Why, and How."

November 2, 1996 - Presentation at Second International Conference on Asynchronous Learning

Networks, New York, NY. "Faculty Development in the Sloan Center at UIUC" (with
Burks Oakley).


The View from Campus Administration, in Learning, Culture and Community in Online
Education: Research and Practice, edited by Caroline Haythornthwaite and Michelle M.
Kazmer, 2004,

"Stretching the Boundaries: Using ALN to Reach On-Campus Students during an Off-Campus
Summer Session," with X. Christine Wang, Alaina Kanfer, and D. Michelle Hinn, Journal
of ALN, Vol. 5, No. 1, June 2001, http://citeseerx.ist.psu.edu/viewdoc/download?

Instructor Attitudes within the SCALE Efficiency Projects, with Diane Musumeci, Journal of
ALN, Vol.4, No. 3, September 2000,

Editors Comments Regarding a Summer Workshop on Faculty Attitudes with ALN, Journal of
ALN, Vol.4, No. 3, September 2000

"The SCALE Efficiencies Projects," with John C. Ory, Cheryl D. Bullock, Kristine K. Burnaska,
and Matthew Hanson, Journal of ALN, Vol. 2, No. 1, September 1998,

"The SCALE Evaluation," in Proceedings of the First International Conference on Multimedia

Language Instruction, Crane Publishing Company, 1988.

"The Economics of ALN: Some Issues," Journal of ALN, Vol. 1, No. 1, March 1997,



"Monopsony, Factor Prices, and Community Development," with Leon N. Moses, in New
Frontiers in Regional Science, Macmillan Publishers, London July 1990.

"Scale Economies and Inventory Behavior," with Leon N. Moses, in Transport and the Spatial
Structure of Cities and Regions, Transportation Center, Northwestern University, April


"Private Investment, Public Aid and Endogenous Divergence in the Evolution of Urban
Neighborhoods, with David Nickerson, Journal of Real Estate Finance and Economics,
Vol. 32, 2006, PDF

Meaningful Cheap Talk Must Improve Equilibrium Payoffs," with Luis Cabral, and Vasco
Santos, Mathematical Social Sciences, Vol. 37, 1999, PDF of Paper on Cabrals Web site

"A Model of Efficiency Wages as a Signal of Firm Value," with Hadi S. Esfahani, International
Economic Review, Vol. 34, August 1993, JSTOR First Page

"Comments on Daniel F. Spulber and David Besanko's Delegation, Commitment, and the
Regulatory Mandate" Journal of Law, Economics, and Organization, Vol. 8, March 1992,
JSTOR First Page

"Flexibility Versus Commitment in Strategic Trade Policy under Uncertainty: A Model of

Endogenous Policy Leadership," Journal of International Economics, Vol. 31, 1991,
Abstract from ScienceDirect

"Cost Overruns in Long Term Projects," with Antonio Leite, International Journal of Industrial
Organization, Vol. 8, 1990, Abstract from ScienceDirect

"Endogenous Monitoring Intensity, the Period of Contractual Precommitment, and the Slope of
the Wage-Earnings Profile," Economics Letters, Vol. 29, 1989.

"Optimal Labor Contracts with On-the-Job Search: Are Involuntary Layoffs Used as an Incentive
Device to Make Workers Search Harder?" Journal of Labor Economics, Vol.7, April
1989, JSTOR First Page

"Symmetric Equilibrium with Random Entry," Mathematical Social Sciences, Vol. 16, December

"Risk Sharing in the Adjustable-Rate Loan Market: Are Existing Contracts Efficient?" with Jan
K. Brueckner, Economics Letters, Vol.22 1986.

"Efficient Contract in Credit Markets Subject to Interest Rate Risk: An Application of Raviv's
Insurance Model," with Jan K. Brueckner, American Economic Review, March 1986,
JSTOR First Page

"Sunk Capacity Costs, Long Run Fixed Costs, and Entry Deterrence under Complete and
Incomplete Information," Rand Journal of Economics, Vol. 17, Spring 1986, JSTOR First

"Some Examples of Dynamic Cournot Duopoly with Inventory," Rand Journal of Economics,
Vol. 16, Winter 1985, JSTOR First Page

"A Model of the Firm in Time and Space," with Leon N. Moses, Journal of Economic Dynamics
and Control, Vol. 9, 1985, PDF

"Dynamic Monopoly Production, Inventory, and Price Policy under Sophisticated Demand,"
Economics Letters, Vol. 9, 1982.

"Inventory Investment and the Theory of the Firm," with Leon N. Moses, American Economic
Review, March 1982, JSTOR First Page


American Economic Review, Quarterly Journal of Economics, Review of Economic Studies,

Economic Journal, International Economic Review, Journal of Economic Dynamics and Control,
Review of Economics and Statistics, Journal of Labor Economics, Journal of International
Economics, Economic Theory, Managerial and Decision Economics, Canadian Journal of
Economics, Journal of Economics and Management Strategy, Journal of Urban Economics,
International Journal of Industrial Organization, Management Science, and Quarterly Review of
Economics and Business.


Wage Policies: A New Theory of Efficiency Wages.


Economic Principles, Intermediate Microeconomics, Undergraduate Industrial Organization,

Undergraduate Math Econ, Undergraduate Behavioral Economics, Undergraduate Economics of
Organizations, Graduate Microeconomic Theory, Graduate General Equilibrium Theory,
Advanced Graduate Economic Theory, Graduate Mathematical Economics, Graduate Industrial
Organization, Graduate Regulation


Department Year

Jurgen Wiesmann Economics 1996-98 Reader

Viju Ipe Ag. Econ. 1996-99 Reader
Alexandra Papadopulu Economics 1994-96 Supervisor
Carlos Basanes Economics 1994-96 Supervisor
Vijay Vemuri Business Admin 1994-95 Reader
Theofanis C. Tsoulouhas Economics 1991-92 Reader
Hee Soo Chung Economics 1991 Reader
Hyunghwan Joo Accounting 1990-91 Reader
Vasco Santos Economics 1989-90 Supervisor
Carla Tighe Economics 1989 Reader
Antonio Leite Economics 1988 Supervisor
Kang Lee Economics 1988 Reader
J.C. Lee Accounting 1988 Reader
David Mandy Economics 1987 Reader
Carrie Meyer Economics 1987 Reader
David Haley Economics 1987 Reader
Ed Schlee Economics 1987 Reader
Bruce Lawrence Economics 1986 Reader
Imparo Urbano Economics 1986 Reader
LuAnn Dufus Economics 1985 Reader
William Custer Economics 1982-83 Reader
John F. Schnell Economics 1982-83 Reader
Rabah Amir Economics 1983-84 Reader
David Brown Transportation 1984-85 Reader
Agnes Cheng Accounting 1982 Reader
Paul A. Fellows Finance 1981 Reader