Charles Fischer, Ph.D.
Gladys A. Kelce College of Business
Chuck Fischer is a Professor in the Department of Economics, Finance and Banking and founding Editor in Chief of the Journal of Managerial Issues (JMI) (1978-2008) at Pittsburg State University. He received a Ph.D. in Economics from Washington State University (1975), with his doctoral research focusing on the "Limitations of the Equilibrium Method in Economics." Chuck has published in a wide range of academic journals, contributing to the following literature: economic theory, economic methodology, economic philosophy, simulating and gaming, labor economics, labor relations, economic education, business ethics, forensic economics, scholarly publishing, and legal economics. Some of his work has been reprinted in collected editions. He received the Kelce School of Business "Excellence in Research" award (1991; one of two recipients). He has participated at professional association conferences, presenting papers, serving as a reviewer, and chairing research presentation seminars. Chuck holds membership in several professional societies and associations, and is past President (1983) of the Kansas Economic Association. He is past Associate Director of the Kansas Council on Economic Education (1980-81). Chuck has served or is now serving on the Editorial Advisory Boards of several academic journals. He has served as a forensic economic consultant for many years (1985-1999), and is past Board Diplomat of the American College of Forensic Examiners. He served as labor fact-finder in the state of Kansas (1978-2004).
Chuck currently teaches collective bargaining, labor economics, microeconomics, and macroeconomics courses. He received the "Outstanding Faculty Award" for the College of Business (1978) and for the University (1991; one of three recipients). Teaching is what brought him to higher education and it is what he enjoys most, professionally. "It is a privilege and an honor to teach."
Chuck was promoted to "University Professor" of Economics in 2002. This academic rank is awarded to faculty who, among other things, have made exceptional contributions to the University and the profession. Among his contributions is the Journal of Managerial Issues, a quarterly academic publication with reviewers and readers throughout the world, which he founded and published. Its mission is to serve as a bridge of communication between those who study management and those who practice it, combining academic rigor with managerial insights. JMI has developed a reputation for meeting high standards of scholarship. Through this Journal, well over $100,000 in student scholarships have been awarded to PSU Finance and Economics majors.
Chuck believes in the importance of service to others. He has spoken to a large number of civic organizations, public schools and the news media on various economic issues. He was a hospice volunteer for Hospice Inc. of Wichita (1988-1998), and was selected as "Hospice Volunteer of the Year" (1990). He currently is an active volunteer at a local "soup kitchen" and is a past Big Brother with Big Brothers/Big Sisters of Pittsburg, Kansas (2003-2009). Chuck is married to Kathy Fischer, who teaches history at PSU. They enjoy many outdoor activities, traveling, reading, and cooking, and four children (from Kathy's previous marriage) and (currently) 18 grandchildren.