Chace holds a doctorate in Economics from the University of Utah, and a Bachelor of Arts in Philosophy and Economics from Westminster College in Salt Lake City, Utah. His research interests include the history of economics and political economy.
Chace is an instructor and chair of the Economics department.
Chace has helped to facilitate a new level of dialogue in the department about the field of economics, through quarterly economics book club discussions. Additionally, he works with the advising staff to reinforce the notion that economics is a rich and robust discipline in its own right, not simply a subcategory of business administration. He researched and assessed the appropriate prerequisite classes for Econ 201 and 202, which will directly contribute to student success in those classes. He started a political economy club and served on the BC Reads scholarship judging panel. And along with his colleagues, he is analyzing success rates in certain courses to identify ways to help more at-risk students complete their college education. Chace has served on the Faculty Assessment Coordinating Team, the Advising Committee, and the Student Academic Grievance Committee. He currently serves on the BC Association of Higher Education’s Executive Council, Bargaining Team and Political Action Committee.
Students describe Chace as a passionate and effective instructor. They praise him for his enthusiasm, willingness to answer questions, and his availability to help outside of class. Colleagues remark that he is hard-working and committed to improving the teaching and learning environment in the department.
Chace is passionate about working at an open-access institution like Bellevue College. “BC is a place that provides some students with a chance to start over, to find themselves. Our students have so much potential, and it’s rewarding to be in a position to help put them on a pathway to success,” he says. He’s also impressed with the talented faculty, along with the diverse student body. Now that he has academic tenure, Chace plans to take a much more active role in shaping the future of BC, including advocating for systemic changes on campus that will improve student success.