Professor Spotlight: Nancy Baca

↓ These are a few of Professor Baca’s favorite things ↓


I was born in Aurora, Illinois but moved to Flagstaff when I was 10.

Blue or gold?

Gold — of course!

Flagstaff summer or winter?

Flagstaff winters — I love to ski and snow makes me very happy

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Do you prefer the spring or fall?

Fall — I love monsoons and the color of the aspen trees

When did you come to NAU & why?

I came to NAU for my Bachelor’s in Accounting and my MBA. I came back to teach in 2011.

What is your favorite spot on campus?

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Even better in the Winter!

My office is my favorite place on campus. The view from my window is spectacular and reminds me how lucky I am to live in Flagstaff.

Where’s the best place in Flagstaff to grab a bite to eat?

The nachos at Charly’s rock my world

What is your favorite picture on your phone?

A picture from earlier this summer of my Mom and I floating in the Dead Sea. I am one of nine children and had never had her to myself for 2 weeks before.

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What is the best piece of advice you’ve ever received?

Fake it til you make it!

What is one tip every Lumberjack should know?

Start saving money NOW! Even if it’s just $20 a month.

What do you want your students to walk away with from your class?

That economics is about choices.

There are costs and benefits associated to everything we do everyday.

Measure them carefully both in business and your personal life.

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Shredded money a student brought back from an internship with the Federal Reserve

What is something students might not know about you?

I literally have my dream job. I didn’t know that I would love it so much but I can’t think of anything better.

Describe your typical day on campus.

I start with an iced green tea from Starbucks then head to my office before class to meet with students and prep for lectures. I look forward to seeing my students everyday and try to make plenty of time for them. Once or twice a week, I will come back in the evening to meet with one of the clubs that I advise for.

On the weekends, where can we expect to find you?

A: hanging out at home with my family. I love sitting in my yard or catching up on Netflix.

Favorite part of being an NAU professor?

Keeping the tradition of small class sizes and one-on-one relationships between students and professors!

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