Rob Catlett joined the ESU faculty in 1976. His undergraduate and graduate degrees are from the University of Nebraska where he studied under Campbell McConnell. He thoroughly enjoys teaching a variety of economics courses on campus for undergraduates and in the summer when he teaches economics for teachers along with partners (i.e., organizations that include virtually every major employer in Emporia and Topeka). He is the director of the Center for Economic Education, involved in the American Democracy Project and is president of the Kansas Conference and ESU chapter of AAUP. He has had leadership roles in the National Association of Economic Educators, the Midwest Economic Education Association, ESU Faculty Senate, and the General Education Council. He enjoys making contributions to state, regional, and national organizations and programs. Recently, his research has focused on the economics of crime and developing economic models of crime; however, he has had the findings of his research published in a variety of areas including economic conditions analysis, economies of scale and scope in banking, lotteries, assessment, student learning and performance among other. He has received many honors and awards as an educator over his career.