Lecturer and Undergraduate Coordinator Travis Blackmer


Interested in Joining SOE's Undergraduate Program? Email Travis Blackmer.

Contact information

E-mail: travis.blackmer@maine.edu

Office: 200c Winslow Hall

Phone: 207.581.3155

Undergraduate Student Advising Philosophy: Travis advises all first year students in the Economics and Financial Economics programs (including internal transfers and double-majors). With two degrees from the School of Economics (B.A. Economics; M.A. Financial Economics), Travis is uniquely positioned to help guide students on their journey at UMaine. His personal advising philosophy centers on helping all School of Economics students (and all students at UMaine that come across his path) to view their 120+ credits required to graduate as a resource. Travis’ personal mission, and the school’s hope, is that all students housed in the School of Economics feel like they are a part of the SOE family. To paraphrase our recently retired Administrative Assistant Karen Casey, “we’re here for advice about school and life, if you need a place to unload your burdens, could use a kick in the pants, or anything in between.”

Education, Teaching, Mentoring, & Research


B.A. Economics, University of Maine

M.A. Financial Economics, University of Maine

Curriculum Vitae

Teaching and Mentoring:

Setting students up for success with majors, minors, and double majors. Travis specializes in helping students develop skills for highly successful career pathways and encouraging students to set themselves apart by combining interests and skillsets. Travis enjoys helping students find minors and double-majors within and outside the Economics. The School of Economics has double-majors with 18 other programs on campus, demonstrating the breadth, interdisciplinary nature, and programmatic flexibility of an Economics degree or minor at the University of Maine.

Helping students make the most of their time at UMaine. Travis visits all introductory economics courses and explains to students how to use their credits wisely, whether it be with economics offerings or other areas of interest, and to view their time at UMaine as a way to learn, explore, and achieve the skills you want to succeed in your professional life.

Supporting student athletes and student leaders. Travis serves as the Student Athlete Faculty Liaison for the Baseball team, where he provides academic support, advising, and professional development both one-on-one, and in group seminars. He extends the same type of personal support to students pursuing non-athletic related activities at UMaine.  Student activities are a key part of undergraduate experiences and can complement academic activities well.

Providing quality online instruction. Travis specializes in online instruction and frequently is involved in pilots for new instructional platforms, tools, and techniques. Travis teaches three different online courses with typically 7 or more sections between them per year. Not that it is a contest, but Travis teaches the most sections of classes at UMaine and is in the running for most student credit hours taught per year (and if you take into account that BIO 100 is team-taught some terms, he wins easily).

Infusing SOE with joy and laughter. Travis is the self-appointed special-event chairperson for SOE, where he brings joy and laughter at retirement and holiday parties with games such as, “Name that Mustache,” “In the HUNT,” and “KARe-INvolved.” He extends this spirit into his courses, advising, and mentoring. In short, Travis is a key member of the “SOE Family.”

Courses Taught and Scheduled:

Spring 2020
ECO 120 Principles of Microeconomics (2 sections)
ECO 121 Principles of Macroeconomics (online)
ECO 254 Small Business Economics and Management
ECO 350 Intermediate Microeconomics (online)

Summer 2020
ECO 121 Principles of Macroeconomics (online)
ECO 254 Small Business Economics and Management (online)
ECO 350 Intermediate Microeconomics (online)

Fall 2020
ECO 117 Issues and Opportunities in Economics
ECO 121 Principles of Macroeconomics (2 live sections and online)
ECO 254 Small Business Economics and Management (online)

Winter 2020-21
ECO 121 Principles of Macroeconomics (online)

Research Areas: Materials Management; Small-Business Development

Materials Management (Solid Waste) in Maine 

Garbage Man