Dr. Rob Garnett is the Associate Dean of the John V. Roach Honors College. Dr. Garnett earned his BA with Highest Honors in Economics from the College of William and Mary in 1984 and his Ph.D. in Economics, with specializations in Macroeconomics and the History and Philosophy of Economics, from the University of Massachusetts, Amherst in 1994. He held faculty positions at University of Southern Maine, Denison University, and the University of Texas at Arlington before joining the TCU faculty as an Instructor in 1996. He then rose in the tenure-track ranks, becoming a Full Professor in 2011.
Dr. Garnett has a long history of leadership in the TCU community, including serving as Chair of the Economics Department in the AddRan College of Liberal Arts. He has also served on the Dean’s Advisory Committee of AddRan; he chaired the 2008 Instructor Pathways committee that recommended the creation of two advanced ranks for AddRan Instructors; and in 2011 he was selected for a one-year Administrative Fellowship under the mentorship of Dean Andy Schoolmaster. At the University level, he 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.
Dr. Garnett brings a wealth of Honors experience to the John V. Roach Honors College. During his years at TCU, he has supervised numerous Honors theses, taught Honors sections of Introductory Macroeconomics, and served as a member of the Honors College Advisory Council and Self-Study Review Team.
Editor of five books and author of more than fifty published essays, Dr. Garnett writes on the unheralded economic scope and 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 passionate interest in the economic, epistemic, and educational virtues of pluralism. Thousands of TCU students have also helped to inspire and shape each major strand of Dr. Garnett’s scholarly work, through multiple iterations of his courses in the History of Economic Thought, Senior Seminar in Economics, and Contending Perspectives in Economics.
At TCU, Dr. Garnett’s teaching and scholarship have been recognized through his receipt of the Deans’ Teaching Award (2013) and the AddRan Distinguished Faculty Lectureship (2014), and by his selection as the AddRan Social Sciences nominee for the Chancellor’s Award for Distinguished Achievement as a Teacher and Scholar (2015).