Tawni Ferrarini currently serves as the Sam M. Cohodas Professor of Private Enterprise and the associate director of the Center for Economic Education and Entrepreneurship at NMU. She consults worldwide with organizations on matters related to economic growth and development through private enterprise with a focus on K-16 economic education and financial literacy.
She was president of the National Association of Economic Educators in 2015 and has received numerous awards, including the 2012 Council on Economic Education’s Albert Beekhuis Center Award, the 2010 Michigan Council on Economic Education Educator’s Award, and the 2009 National Association of Economic Educator's Abbejean Kehler Technology Award. She was named a distinguished faculty member at Northern Michigan University in 2009. Among other work, she is a co-author of “Common Sense Economics: What Everyone Should Know About Wealth and Prosperity” and “Focus: Understanding Economics in U.S. History.”