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Alina M. Zapalska
U.S. Coast Guard Academy
Management Department
27 Mohegan Avenue
New London, CT 06320

Alina.M.Zapalska@uscga.edu
(860) 444‐8334
Alina M. Zapalska
Professor of Economics and Director of the USCGA Honors Program
Management Department
U.S. Coast Guard Academy

Dr. Alina Zapalska is a Professor of Economics, Director of the USCGA Honors Program, and an advisor to Alpha Lambda Delta Honors Society. Professor Zapalska's extensive and varied teaching experience spans 30 years in the U.S. and abroad. She has presented numerous academic papers at professional conferences, has published more than 200 articles in professional refereed journals, several book chapters, monographs, research projects, and papers and conference proceedings. Her primary teaching and research interests are in the areas of Macroeconomics, Experimental Economics, Micro-entrepreneurship, International Business, International Trade and Finance, and Transitional Economies, and Pedagogy. Her international work and study experience has enabled her research to be focused on analyzing economies of Poland, Hungary, Czech Republic, Thailand, China, New Zealand, Sweden, U.S., Australia, Bangladesh and South Korea. 

Professor Zapalska has been an active president, member and chairperson of many national and international academic organizations. In 1998, she was a consulting professor at Auckland University of Technology (AUT), Auckland, New Zealand, that resulted in establishment of the Centre for Entrepreneurial Studies at AUT. Later, due to her success in consulting and joint research during a sabbatical in 2000 she was appointed Adjunct Professor of Economics at Auckland University of Technology prior to her work at the CGA. 

During her eight years at USCGA, she has developed an exchange program, the International Service Academy Program. The primary purpose of this program is to educate, inspire, and empower future leaders in the U.S. Coast Guard with a clear understanding of the Holocaust. The program focuses on the Holocaust and related contemporary moral and ethical dilemmas and provides an authentic learning experience for future military officers extending beyond what they are taught in the classroom. Participants are expected to become ambassadors of ethical behavior and take full responsibility to translate their understanding and knowledge of the Holocaust to their peers because of their close examination of this historical atrocity. Being of Polish origin she felt honored to be able to develop and run this program and provide this great experience to the cadets.  

Professor Zapalska developed and also become advisor for the USCGA International Council (IC) from 2005 through 20010. The IC plays an integral role in the hosting dignitaries, officers, and students from the other U.S. Service Academies as well as foreign countries. The Council also exposes the cadets to different cultures and provides them with positive experiences so that they can better prepare for their futures as Coast Guard officers in charge of a diverse workforce. Professor Zapalska also developed the USCGA International Ballroom Dance Club (IBDC) that provides the opportunity for cadets to develop social dancing skills and to compete in dance sport competition. Both groups have been extremely successful in creating diversity and expanding the moral, ethical, and intellectual dimensions of the academic, military, and athletic program at the Academy. With the assistance of the IBDC, Professor Zapalska also organizes the CGA ballroom dance lessons for the CGA staff and faculty as well as the Community dances where the local community enjoys group dance lessons and dancing with the CGA cadets. 

Professor Zapalska has obtained several prestigious research, teaching and service awards at College and University levels here in the U.S. and abroad. She has been recognized at Marshall University in scholarship and research areas by receiving several awards, including a number of merit awards, as well as three outstanding research and teaching awards granted by West Virginia University, and nominations for the 2000, 2003, and 2005 Professor of the Year by the Faculty Merit Foundation of West Virginia. 

Professor Zapalska's Resume 

Education:
  • University of Kentucky, Lexington, KY Ph.D. 1991 Economics
  • University of Kentucky, Lexington, KY M.A. 1990 Economics
  • University of Kentucky, Lexington, KY M.Sc. 1987 Agricultural Economics
  • Agricultural University, Krakow, Poland M.Sc. 1982 Industrial Chemistry
  • Krakow College #2, Krakow, Poland B.Sc. 1977 Physics and Mathematics

Courses Taught:
  • Principles of Microeconomics
  • Principles of Macroeconomics
  • Managerial Economics
  • International Economics
  • Macroeconomic Theory
  • Global Macroeconomic Issues
  • International Business
  • International Finance
  • Intermediate Microeconomic Theory
  • Monetary Economics
  • Experimental Economics
  • Mathematical Economics
  • Public Finance
  • Personal Finance
  • Industrial Organization
  • Comparative Economic Systems
  • Game Theory
  • Junior Honors Colloquium
  • Senior Honors Colloquium

Selected Publications and Presentations:

Honors:
  • 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012 Cambridge Who’s Who
  • 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012 MontClair Who’s Who
  • 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012 Marquis Who's Who
  • Mega Resorts. With Denis P. Rudd, P.J. Litzinger, and R.J. Mills. Papers and Conference Proceedings. Best paper award. Presented at the 2008. The 2008 Southeastern InfORMS Conference. The Hilton Resort in Myrtle Beach, South Carolina. October 2- 3, 2008.
  • The 2008/2009 Honored Member Premier International Who is Who Registry-Outstanding Professional
  • The 2006/2007 Cambridge Who's Who Among Executive and Professional Women "Honors Edition"
  • Polish Entrepreneurs: Does Gender Matter? With D. Brozik and M. Bugaj Niewiadomska. The best paper. Research Award. The 2006 IABPAD Conference. Dallas, Texas, April 2006.
  • Service Award – Session Discussant. The 2006 IABPAD Conference. Dallas, Texas, April 2006
  • Service Award – Session Chair. The 2006 IABPAD Conference. Dallas, Texas, April 2006
  • 2005 Outstanding Achievement in International Education, State of WV Office of the Chief Executive
  • The 10th Edition of Who's Who Among America's Teachers ®, 2005-2006
  • Teaching Auction Market Issues in Finance Education. With Flanegin, Rudd and Litzinger. The Best Paper. The 2005 ASBBS 12th Annual Conference
  • 2004 Nomination for the National Prominence Scholars Award in Research
  • The 8th Edition of Who's Who Among America's Teachers ®, 2004-2005
  • 2004 Who's Who Among America's Teachers - recognized as 5% top of the nation's most respected teachers
  • FACDIS - West Virginia University Research Award, Fall 2004
  • The 8th Edition of Who's Who Among America's Teachers ®, 2003-2004
  • FACDIS - West Virginia University Research Award, Fall 2002
  • 2002 Lewis College of Business Outstanding Researcher Award
  • 2002 Who's Who Among America's Teachers - recognized as 5% top of the nation's most respected teachers
  • The 7th Edition of Who's Who Among America's Teachers ®, 2002-2003
  • Nominated for the 2002 Professor of the Year by the Faculty Merit Foundation of West Virginia
  • Nominated for the Professor of the Semester, Fall 2001, Delta Sigma Pi, Marshall University
  • 2001 Marshall University Center for Teaching Excellence Award
  • Nominated for the 2000 Professor of the Year by the Faculty Merit Foundation of West Virginia
  • 2000 and 2001 University Merit Award
  • 1999-2000 Charles E. Hedrick Outstanding MU Faculty Award – the most prestigious MU award
  • 1999-2000 MU Distinguished Arts and Scholars Award - the most prestigious MU award
  • 2000 Teaching Innovation Award, Auckland University of Technology, Auckland, New Zealand
  • 1992, 1993, 1995, 1996, 1997, 1998, 1999, 2000, 2001 College Merit Award
  • 1991, 1992, 1993, 1995, 1996, 1997, 1998, 1999, 2000 Summer Research Award
  • FACDIS - West Virginia University Research Award, Spring 1999
  • Teaching Honors Course - Fall 1998
  • Multicultural /Social Justice Research Award, Summer 1998
  • FACDIS - West Virginia University Research Award, Spring 1998
  • FACDIS- West Virginia University Research Award, Fall 1997
  • The 20th Annual Leavey Awards for Excellence in Private Enterprise Education, Freedom Foundation, Valley Forge, Pennsylvania, November 1996
  • Fabulous Faculty-Marshall University, Fall 1994
  • Research Grant Award - Marshall University - Summer 1992, 1993, 1994, 1995, 1996, 1997, 1998, and 1999
  • HONOR Member of the Interfaces Institute - The Polish Economic Advising Committee, System Research Institute and Polish Academy of Sciences from June 1992
  • Teaching Assistantship - Department of Economics, University of Kentucky, Fall 1988 -Summer 1991
  • Research Assistantship - Department of Economics, University of Kentucky, Fall 1987 -Summer 1988
  • Research Assistantship - Department of Agricultural Economics, University of Kentucky, Summer 1985 - Fall 1987
  • Krakow Agricultural University: The Annual First Award in Recognition of Distinguished Research, Spring 1980
  • Warsaw University: First Award in Recognition of Student Research, Spring 1981

Professional Memberships:
  • Editorial Board - Journal of Business and Economics Research
  • Editorial Board - Journal of Didactics
  • Editorial Bard - Problems and Perspectives in Management
  • Reviewer - Journal of East West Business
  • Reviewer - Tourism Journal
  • Reviewer - Journal of Contemporary Business Issues
  • Reviewer - Southwest Business and Economics Journal
  • Reviewer - Journal of Developmental Entrepreneurship
  • Reviewer - International Small Business Journal
  • American Management Association
  • American Society of Business and Behavioral Sciences
  • American Economic Association
  • American Economic Association, Committee on the Status of Women in the Economics Profession
  • Allied Academies - A Global Community of Scholars Dedicated to Research and Teaching
  • The Society for the Advancement of Socio-Economies
  • The Association of Private Enterprise Education
  • Association for Business Simulation and Experimental Learning
  • The Interfaces Institute, Polish Economic Advising Committee, System Research Institute
  • Polish Academy of Sciences