Patricia Ellen Gaynor, Ph.D.



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Patricia Ellen Gaynor, Ph.D.


Appalachian State University
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Dr. Kay R. Dickson




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Boone (N.C.)

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Professor Emerita of Economics Patricia Gaynor received her B.S. degree in mathematics in 1959 from Stetson University, Deland, Florida. After earning her master's degree in mathematics (1967) from the University of Miami, Coral Gables, Florida, she received her Ph.D. degree in research and statistics (1973) from the same university. Gaynor began her teaching career in the Dade and Broward County public school system, where she taught mathematics and served as a department chairperson (1961-1971). She had a teaching assistantship at the University of Miami, Miami, Florida, from 1972 until 1973. Dr. Gaynor joined the faculty of Appalachian State University in 1973 as assistant director of the computer center in charge of faculty research and computing. She became an associate professor of economics in 1979 and a full professor in 1984. Gaynor retired in January 2002 but continued working as a part-time faculty member in the economics department until December 2003. In addition to her teaching, Gaynor was an active member of the academic community and has served as a consultant to local government and community organizations. Gaynor was a member of the American Statistical Association and of the Committee on the Status of Women in the Economic Profession. In 1996, she received the Appalachian College of Business Outstanding Teacher Award. Dr. Gaynor has published a long list of writings and has co-authored a major textbook and instructor's manual for use in economic forecasting classes. Her publications include the following titles: • "More on the Cost of Being Other than White and Male," (with G. Durden), American Journal of Economics and Sociology, 57. (January, 1998). • "Evidence on the Relationship between Class Attendance and Student Performance in the Principles of Economic Class," (with Ellis and Durden) in the online journal, B-Ouest. (1998). • Multi-Authored Papers in Economics," (with G. Durden), Journal of Economic Perspectives. (Spring," 1997): 192-193. • "Measuring the Extent of Earnings Discrimination: An Update" (with Garey Durden) Applied Economics, 27. (1995): 669-676. • "The Relationship of Self-Management to Academic Motivation, Study Efficiency, Academic Satisfaction, and Grade Point Average Among Prospective Education Major," (with J. Long, A. Erwin, and R. Williams), Psychology, A Journal of Human Behavior, 31. 1 (1992). • Gaynor, P. E. and R. C. Kirkpatrick. Introduction to Time-Series Modeling and Forecasting in Business and Economics, McGraw-Hill, Inc., New York, 1994. • Gaynor, P. E. and R. C. Kirkpatrick. Instructor's Manual to Accompany Time-Series Modeling and Forecasting in Business and Economics, McGraw-Hill, Inc., New York 1994. • "Development of the Views of Life Scale" (with R.L. Williams, J.D. Long, and A. Erying), Psychology and Health, 5. (1991): 165-181. • "The Effect of Government Employment on Income Inequality Overall and in the South: Evidenced from Congressional District Data" (with G. Gurden and N. Brem), The Review of Regional Studies, 19. 3 (Fall 1989). • "Relationship of Locus of Control to Life Style Habits" (with J. Long and R. Williams), Journal of Clinical Psychology, 44. 2 (March 1988). • "The Rational Behavior Theory of Voting Participation: Evidence from the 1970 and 1982 Congressional Elections" (with G. Durden) Public Choice, 53. (1987): 231-242. • "The Cost of Being Nonwhite and the Added Cost in Being Female in the South and West" (with Jean Durden), the Review of Regional Studies (Fall 1997): 195-205. • "Determinants of Scholarly Productivity Among Male and Female Economists" (with Maske K.L. and Durden G. C.) Economic Inquiry, (October 2003) 555-564. Dr. Gaynor is currently living in Fernandina Beach, Florida, about a mile from the beach. She has become quite active in her church and is involved in several ongoing research projects. Sources: Appalachian State University files and personal correspondence. -Dr. Kay R. Dickson

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