Dr. Jason Delaney has served as the associate dean in the School of Business since 2022. In this role, he manages all operations in the School of Business, including course scheduling; staff supervision; budget management; faculty and staff professional development; school governance; accreditation efforts; diversity, equity and inclusion efforts; hiring; and service assignments. In addition, Delaney holds the rank of professor of economics, teaching microeconomics, business statistics, quantitative analysis and game theory. Prior to this role, Delaney served as the assistant dean for faculty development from 2019 to 2022 and the assistant dean for student services from 2016 to 2019.
In his economics classes, he integrates current events through video-based discussions to motivate the material. Students comprehensively prepare for class through the text or through videos to ensure they learn key concepts and prepare themselves for in-class discussion. In his statistics and quantitative analysis classes, students can expect a problem-focused approach, with in-class examples and graded problem sets covering critical applications of the material. In game theory, the course requires reading and notetaking outside of class, and is a discussion-based seminar-style course. In all of Delaney’s courses, students can expect open-book, open-note, group quizzes, an informal teaching style, a high level of intellectual challenge, and an engaging and caring instructor who always tailors things to his students to keep things relevant.
Delaney has helped faculty adjust to teaching online and provided continuing support to faculty to keep the GGC campus connected and vital, whether in-person or online. Delaney works closely with the Center for Teaching Excellence and Information Technology to ensure that faculty are prepared to serve their students regardless of the teaching mode. Delaney has also helped to increase the scope and professionalism of student programming within the School of Business. In partnership with Advancement, he helped build the School of Business Corporate Affiliates Program, which creates partnerships with local, regional and national businesses to build career readiness and professional programming within and outside of the classroom. Delaney conducts research on individual decision-making over risky prospects, normative messaging and pollution, as well as the level of state and local government expenditures required to provide adequate services.
Delaney earned his Ph.D. from Georgia State University in 2010 and taught at the University of Arkansas at Little Rock from 2010 to 2012, where he discovered and developed his passion for teaching. Before earning his Ph.D., Delaney earned a B.A. in English literature from Pennsylvania State University, after beginning his college career studying computer science.
Delaney has lived in the Atlanta area from 2005 to 2010 and again since 2012 with his wife, Cheryl, and their three children, who, he says, “are really growing up very quickly indeed.”
In his earlier years, Delaney and his siblings had a paper route empire in Emmaus, Pennsylvania from the years of 1992-1998, during which they weathered the blizzards of 1993 (Storm of the Century) and 1996 (at the time, the recorded record snowfall for the Lehigh Valley).
“It may seem odd to mention, but the experience has proven far more relevant to everything since than could possibly have been believed at the time,” said Delaney.