Well, since in less than two months, I go back to being a regular econ faculty member again, for the first time since the spring of 2001, I figured I'd promote my department a bit, especially since we have a very nice looking revised website that went live within the last hour.
One thing you'll see in our mission statement, and as you look at the pages of individual faculty, is that we try hard to ensure that we have a culture of scholarship in the department. At a liberal arts college like St. Lawrence, where we're all teaching a 3-3 load, that can be hard to do, but we have made a collective commitment to it because we don't think we can provide the quality of teaching we aspire to unless we are all deeply engaged in the production of knowledge through the scholarly process. We cannot produce the scholarship that a major research institution would, but I think we do pretty damn well for a liberal arts college with the kind of teaching load and expectation of high quality teaching that we have. Judge for yourself.
This year will mark my 20th at SLU. I have been very lucky to have had departmental colleagues (including and especially the late David Richardson who was the chair who hired me) who have tolerated, if not encouraged, my eccentricities and who have supported my work if by no other means than continuing to insist on that "culture of active and relevant scholarship." I often remind myself that even though Canton, NY is in the middle of nowhere, I could have done a lot worse professionally and personally. I have been treated very well both by my department and university-wide these past 19 years and I would not trade it for anything else.
So if you have kids looking for a really good liberal arts college with a very good economics department, check us out.