B.S., Bethel College
M.A., Indiana University
Ph.D., Indiana University
Economics: Associate professor of economics
Institute for Management Studies: Associate professor of economics
Actuarial Mathematics: Associate professor of economics
Environmental Science: Associate professor of economics
IMS Board of Visitors: Provost and dean of the college, associate professor of economics
Dr. Philip Sprunger was named Acting Provost and Dean of the College in May 2011. Dr. Sprunger arrived at Lycoming in 1993 as assistant professor of economics and was promoted to associate professor in 2004. In addition to teaching both Principles of Microeconomics and Principles of Macroeconomics, he teaches International Trade and Game Theory and various micro-based public economics courses, including Public Finance, Urban Problems and Environmental Economics. In 2004 he was awarded the college's Constance Cupp Plankenhorn Alumni Award for Faculty Excellence. Dr. Sprunger earned his Ph.D. and M.A. in economics from Indiana University and his B.S. from Bethel College in Kansas.
Dr. Sprunger has recently published a Principles of Economics instructors manual and a chapter in a textbook on the U.S. economy. He has also published in the Journal of Urban Economics and in various conference proceedings. In addition, he has served as an expert witness in a landfill permitting dispute. Dr. Sprunger has presented papers or served on panels at over a dozen academic conferences.
In addition to his teaching and scholarship, Dr. Sprunger is actively involved on campus. For the past three years, Dr. Sprunger served as co-chair of the College's 2010-11 Middle States Reaccreditation Steering Committee. He previously held the position of Institutional Researcher and was the Faculty Representative to the College Advancement Committee of the Board of Trustees. He has been active on a variety of College committees, including the Faculty Personnel Committee, the institution-wide Long Range Planning Committee, and the Faculty Executive Council. He has chaired the Budget, Salaries and Benefits Committee, the Department of Economics and was vice chair of the Faculty. Dr. Sprunger also serves as advisor to the Lycoming Buddies student organization.