Sandra Odorzynski

Professor of Economics

B.S., University of Dayton 
M.S., Purdue University 
Ph.D., Purdue University 

Programs: Economics

Dr. Odorzynski has been at St. Norbert College since the fall of 1978 and is the first woman to achieve the rank of full professor (1997) at the college. She has earned outstanding teaching awards at all three institutions of affiliation: Purdue University (graduate student award, 1973 and 1975); St. Joseph’s College, Rensselaer, Ind. (1978); and St. Norbert College (1982). In 2007 she was recipient of the Bishop Robert F. Morneau Community Service Award.

Dr. O finds that teaching undergraduates at a small liberal arts college is the ultimate source of challenge, growth, and professional satisfaction. She has taught long enough at SNC to find daughters and sons of former students enrolled in her classes almost every year.

From 1995 until 2011, Dr. Odorzynski was a member of a select national faculty team conducting teacher training in emerging countries through the International Program of the Council on Economic Education (New York). These efforts took her to Eastern Europe, the Baltics, Russia, Indonesia, South Africa, Mexico and South America. She also served for eight years as chief economist for the program.

A sabbatical leave in 2012 renewed Dr. Odorzynski’s interest in conducting economic impact studies. To date, these analyses have been completed for St. Norbert College, an Indiana corporation, and a Wisconsin nonprofit organization. Future work in this area will involve SNC undergraduates as collaborative research partners.

Sandy is an empty-nester with two married children, three grandsons, and a namesake granddaughter. She loves international travel, the great Northwoods of Wisconsin, and spoiling the grandkids. Being married to an awesome fishing guide has enabled her to land several legal-sized muskies. She works hard at staying a step ahead of old age – finding it a greater challenge as a sexagenarian.

Courses
ECON 101 Principles of Macroeconomics
ECON 102 Principles of Microeconomics
ECON 252 Intermediate Microeconomics
ECON 330 Labor Economics
ECON 391 Public Finance
ECON 489 Economics of Health Care and Social Security