As the old saying goes, 'Give a man fish and you feed him for a day; teach a man how to fish and you feed him for a lifetime.’ For me, teaching is not about transferring information from the teacher to the students, as from one hard drive to another, but motivating them to experience and build systematic methods of scientific inquiry and learning. As Socrates says, ‘I cannot teach anyone; I can only make them think.’ I teach economics as a way of thinking that will benefit the students’ overall life. I incentivize students to learn by designing assignments to be engaging at the beginning and rewarding at the end, and I engage students by utilizing modern technology to create an interactive learning environment in the classroom.

Teaching Portfolio

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Teaching Awards

L. Edwin Smart Graduate Associate Teaching Award, Department of Economics, The Ohio State University, Sep. 2016
L. Edwin Smart Departmental Citation for Excellence in Teaching, Department of Economics, The Ohio State University, Sep. 2015

Teaching History

At Vienna University of Economics and Business, Austria

Public Finance II (4473/4596), Spring 2019, Co-Instructor

At Ohio State University, U.S.A.

Econ 4400 (Elementary Econometrics), Summer 2015/2016, Independent Instructor

Econ 4001 (Intermediate Microeconomics), Spring 2015, 2017, Independent Instructor

Econ 8711 (First Year Ph.D. Micro Sequence), Autumn 2014/2015/2016, Teaching Assistant

Econ 2002.01 (Principle of Macroeconomics), Spring 2016, Administrative Teaching Assistant

Econ 2001.02 (Principle of Microeconomics), Spring 2014, Teaching Assistant

Econ 2002.02 (Principle of Macroeconomics), Spring 2014, Teaching Assistant

Econ 2001.01 (Principle of Microeconomics), Autumn 2013, Teaching Assistant

At Peking University, China

Theory of Dynamic Optimization (by Prof. Bo Zhang), Autumn 2011, Teaching Assistant

Tianming Ren within the Framework of Scientific Outlook Rule of Law and Principle (by Prof. Leo Ko Guan, Autumn 2011, Teaching Assistant

Memorial Videos for My Students

How Artwork Inspires Thoughts in Economics


School of Business Management

East China Normal University

Shanghai, China 200062



©2019 by Luyao Zhang                                                                                          Wherever I go, no matter what the weather is, I always bring my own Sunshine.

The Master Said, "Virtue is not left to stand alone, for those who practice it will find neighbors."–Analects 4:25