Frank Spreng, Ph.D

Professor of Economics

Office: Piper Academic Center (PAC) 110

Phone: (618) 537-6902


J.D., Saint Louis University

Ph.D., University of Pittsburgh

M.S., University of Pittsburgh

M.B.A., Duquesne University

B.S., Duquesne University

Areas of Interest

Law and Economics

Forensic Economics

Labor Economics,

Managerial Economics

Decision Making

Publications and Writing

Early History of the Pittsburgh Stock Exchange,
Master's Degree Thesis, Duquesne University, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, 1967.

"Birth of the Pittsburgh Stock Exchange", Western Pennsylvania Historical Magazine, January 1975

The Macro Economics of Sir Ralph Hawtrey: A Mirror Image of British Economic Decline, Ph.D. Thesis, University of Pittsburgh, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, 1976

"A Policy Contradiction for Supply Side Economics", Kentucky Economic Journal, Fall 1982

Wrote three cases which will be included in the fourth edition, 2004, of Cases in Management Accounting and Control systems.  The cases are Lambeth Custom Cabinets, Blackheath Manufacturing Co. and Blackheath Manufacturing Co. Revisited.  These cases deal with decision making and management control.  The book is to be published by Prentice-Hall.  It is being edited by Professor Mark Haskins of the Dearden Graduate School of Business at the University of Virginia.

Various book reviews in the Journal of Economic Literature.  Article reviewer at various times for: the Journal of Legal Economics, and the Journal of Forensic Economics.

Teaching Career

Forty-six years of college teaching

McKendree College (1987 to present)

Methodist College (1986 - 1987)

Brescia College (1979-1986)

Richmond College, London (1978-1979)

Hampden-Sydney College (1974-1978)

Pennsylvania State University, Beaver Campus (1967-1974)

Honors & Awards

Award for exemplary teaching at Methodist-related institutions and of higher education, 2010

William Norman Grandy Faculty Award, 2006

Member of the Illinois Bar, 2004

Phi Kappa Phi, Honor Society, 2004

Member of the Missouri Bar, 2003

Order of the Woolsack for high scholastic achievement in the study of law, 2003

Alpha Sigma Nu Jesuit Honor Society, 2002

Emerson: Excellence in Teaching Award, 2001

Certified Public Accountant (Illinois), 1990

Certified Management Accountant, 1988

George Washington Honor Medal, for Economic Education, from the Freedoms Foundation at Valley Forge, 1985

Outstanding Young Men of America, 1978

Omicron Delta Epsilon, Honor Society for Economics, 1975

Beta Gamma Sigma, Honor Society for Business, 1967


Philately, Toy Trains, Old Movies and Reading

Advisory Posts

Considerable committee work at the college including service, in recent years, on: Faculty Affairs Council, Salary, Budget and Fringe Benefits Committee, Long Range Planning Committee and the Graduate Council.

Since 1981 I have consulted with trial lawyers on individual income loss and business losses.  As of August 1, 2006 I have been retained 245 times, testified 32 times and have been deposed 82 times.  Twenty of these cases were commercial in nature.

Question writer for CPA Examination in the areas of economics and business law.

Teaching Philosophy

My teaching philosophy is that students need to know, understand and be able to apply the fundamental principles of the subjects they are studying. This means that students must be active participants in the learning process.  I have always applied this concept of  "less is more" to undergraduate teaching and now to MBA teaching.