Dr. Rob Garnett

Associate Dean and Honors Professor of Social Sciences

Dr. Rob Garnett is the Associate Dean of the John V. Roach Honors College. Dr. Garnett earned his BA in Economics with Highest Honors from the College of William and Mary in 1984 and his PhD in Economics from the University of Massachusetts, Amherst in 1994, with specialization in the History and Philosophy of Economics. He held faculty positions at University of Southern Maine (1990-1992), Denison University (1992-1995), and the University of Texas at Arlington (1995-1996) before joining the TCU faculty in the fall of 1996. After seven years in the rank of Instructor, he was appointed to a tenure-track position in 2003. He earned tenure and promotion to Associate Professor in 2006 and was promoted to Professor in 2011.

Before joining the Honors College in 2017, Dr. Garnett served for two years as Chair of the Economics Department in the AddRan College of Liberal Arts. Within the College of Liberal Arts, Dr. Garnett chaired a 2008-2009 faculty committee that created advanced ranks for non-tenure-track Instructors. He also served on the Dean’s Advisory Committee and as an Administrative Fellow under the mentorship of Dean Andy Schoolmaster. At the University level, Dr. Garnett has served on the Faculty Senate Executive Committee, the Undergraduate Council, the Provost’s Quality Enhancement Council, and the Review Team for TCU’s 2013 SACS reaccreditation. He also served on the Honors College Advisory Council and on the Honors College Self-Study Review Team.

Editor of five books and author of more than fifty published essays, Dr. Garnett’s scholarly works explore the unheralded economic significance of Adam Smith’s Theory of Moral Sentiments (1759), the value of pluralism in economic inquiry, and the meaning and requirements of liberal education in economics and across the disciplines. At the core of these diverse projects is Dr. Garnett’s keen interest in processes of ownership – in the economic realm (formal property rights and informal senses of identification or association, all of which inspire value-creating activity) and in the pedagogical domain (the appropriation of ideas by individual learners and groups of learners).

As a teacher, Dr. Garnett has worked with thousands of TCU students – as a classroom teacher, academic advisor and mentor, and as supervisor of numerous directed studies and Honors theses. His signature courses in economics included the History of Economic Thought, Contending Perspectives in Economics, and the Senior Seminar in Economics. In fall 2018, he and Dr. Lisa Vanderlinden will team teach a course on happiness for Honors and Anthropology students; in spring 2019, he will teach an upper-division Honors colloquium on specialization (a.k.a. the humanomics of vocation).

In recognition of his teaching and scholarship, Dr. Garnett received the 2013 Deans’ Teaching Award, the 2014 AddRan Distinguished Faculty Lectureship, and in 2015 was selected as the AddRan Social Sciences nominee for the Chancellor’s Award for Distinguished Achievement as a Teacher and Scholar.


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