Jane Kolodinsky

Professor, Chair CDAE, Co-Director Center for Rural Studies
202 Morrill Hall
802.656.4616
jane.kolodinsky@uvm.edu

Education
1988 Ph.D. Consumer Economics
Cornell University, Ithica, NY

1983 Master of Business Administration (MBA)
Graduate School of Management, Kent State University, Kent, OH

1981 B.S. Dietetics and Nutrition
Kent State University, Kent, OH

Education
1988 Ph.D. Consumer Economics
Cornell University, Ithica, NY

1983 Master of Business Administration (MBA)
Graduate School of Management, Kent State University, Kent, OH

1981 B.S. Dietetics and Nutrition
Kent State University, Kent, OH

Biography
Jane Kolodinsky earned her Ph.D. in Consumer Economics with minors in Marketing and Agricultural Economics at Cornell University in Ithaca, New York in 1988.  This degree complemented her Master's of Business Administration with a focus in marketing and Bachelor of Science in Nutrition and Dietetics, both earned from Kent State University in Kent Ohio in 1981 and 1983, respectively.  Since 1987 Dr. Kolodinsky has been on the faculty at the University of Vermont, College of Agriculture and Life Sciences in Burlington Vermont, and is now Professor in and Chair of The Department of Community Development and Applied Economics and Co-Director of the Center for Rural Studies.  She won the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences (CALS) Carrigan Undergraduate Teaching Award in 1994, the American Council of Consumer Interests (ACCI) Outstanding Dissertation Award in 1988, the ACCI Mid-Career Award for outstanding achievement and service in 1997, and the Hubert Vogelman award for research excellence in CALS in 2005. In 1998 she was awarded a Fulbright Senior Fellowship in Hanover Germany. She served as President of the American Council on Consumer Interests in 2000.  She has served as an associate editor of the Journal of Consumer Affairs and is on the panel of reviewers for Family and Consumer Sciences Research Journal and editorial board of the International Journal of Consumer Studies.  She has over 150 scholarly papers and presentations to her credit, and has garnered competitive grant funds totaling over 1 million dollars from over 40 different sources. Some of her major areas of interest include public policy issues tied to the demand for information in the marketplace, consumer adoption of electronic banking and issues of social capital as they relate to consumer relationships with organizations including the financial industry, and the economics of time use, obesity and food demand. 

Dr. Kolodinsky teaches undergraduate and graduate level research methods, Applied Consumption Economics, the Consumer and Advertising and Media Literacy.  In the research arena, she has experience using large data sets for multivariate analysis, including Census data, the Consumer Expenditure Survey, the Panel Study of Income Dynamics, the German Socio-Economic Panel Study, and the National Longitudinal Study (aging panel).  She has supervised and conducted numerous surveys at the local, regional, and national level.  She is well versed in both qualitative and quantitative research methodologies and has led research projects ranging from teaching low income Vermonters how to succeed in a digital economy and place based aspects of local production and consumption to examining public policy dimensions of restaurant labeling of nutrition information.


Courses Taught
PA 305 Research Methods
CDAE 128: The Consumer and Advertising
CDAE 250/351: Applied Research Methods
CDAE 255: Applied Consumption Economics


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