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C. Kurt Zorn

Professor and Associate Vice Provost for Undergraduate Education
(812) 855-0563
SPEA Room 459

Ph.D., Syracuse University, 1981
M.A., Syracuse University, 1978
B.A., (Magna Cum Laude), State University of New York at Albany, 1976

Professional Experience
Associate Vice Provost for Undergraduate Education, 2009 to present

  • Office of the Vice Provost:
      » Maxwell Hall 100
      » 750 E Kirkwood Avenue
      » (812) 855-8783

Selected Past Professional Experience
  • Interim Dean, School of Public and Environmental Affairs, Indiana University, 2007-2008
  • Associate Dean for Academic and Fiscal Affairs, School of Public and Environmental Affairs, 2001–2008
  • Chairman, State Board of Tax Commissioners, State of Indiana, 1991-1994

Awards, Honors & Certifications

  • Indiana University Division of Student Affairs, Gordon Faculty Award, 2002-2003
  • School of Continuing Studies Teaching Excellence Award, 1997
  • Sagamore of the Wabash, presented by Governor Evan Bayh, November 1989
  • Invited presenter, Minnowbrook II Conference, September 1988
  • Outstanding Paper Award, Transportation Research Forum, 1987
  • Mortar Board Scholastic Honorary Society, Preferred Professor, 1987
  • SPEA Undergraduate Teaching Award, 1987
  • Indiana Chamber of Commerce, Who's Who in Economic Development in Indiana, 1987 88, 1988-89
  • Faculty Exchange, National Institute of Development Administration, Bangkok, Thailand, July August 1986
  • New York State, Herbert Lehman Fellowship, (for graduate study)
  • Graduate, Magna Cum Laude, State University of New York at Albany. 1976
  • Omicron Delta Epsilon, Chairperson, SUNY at Albany chapter, 1975 1976
Current Activities
  • Faculty Athletics Representative, Indiana University, Bloomington, July 1, 2011 to present
  • Faculty Associate, Lincoln Land Institute of Land Policy, January 1999 to present
  • Member, City of Bloomington Economic Development Commission, January 2005 to present
  • David C. Lincoln Fellowship Symposium
  • Member, editorial board, Public Budgeting & Finance, May 1995 to present

Professional Interests

State and local finance, transportation safety, economic development, gaming policy

Selected Publications
Full Vita (pdf)

  • Commentary on “Fairness and Market Value Property Taxation,” in Challenging the Conventional Wisdom of the Property Tax, edited by Roy Bahl, Jorge Martinez-Vazquez, and Joan Youngman, Cambridge, Massachusetts: Lincoln Institute of Land Policy, 2010, pp. 263 - 267.
  • “The Price Tag of Economic Development Incentives: Is It Too Small for Citizens to Care?” Journal of Public Budgeting, Accounting, & Financial Management: 20 (Summer 2008). (with E. Dalehite and John L. Mikesell)
  • “Cadastral Valuations for the Land Tax in the Russian Federation: The New Market-Informed Valuation System,” Journal of Property Tax Assessment and Administration: 4 (Number 3, 2007). (with John L. Mikesell and O. Krupa)
  • “Land Value Taxation for Russian Local Governments: Evidence from Saratov Oblast,” Proceedings of the Ninety eighth Annual Conference of the National Tax Association, Miami, Florida, 2006, pp. 372-379. (With John L. Mikesell)
  • “The Evolution of the State and Local Government Municipal Debt Market over the Past Quarter Century,” Public Budgeting & Finance Silver Anniversary Issue, 25(Supplement 1) (December 2005): 127-153. (With W. Bartley Hildreth)
  • “Implicit Lottery Tax,” in The Encyclopedia of Taxation & Tax Policy, second edition, edited by Joseph J. Cordes, Robert D. Ebel, and Jane G. Gravelle. Washington, D.C.: The Urban Institute Press, 2005, pp. 240 - 241
  • “Variation in Property Tax Abatement Programs Among States,” Economic Development Quarterly 19(2) (May 2005): 157 – 173. (With Esteban Dalehite and John L. Mikesell)
  • “Land Value Taxation for Local Government Finance in the Russian Federation: A Case Study of Saratov Oblast,” Lincoln Institute of Land Policy Working Paper. Cambridge, MA: Lincoln Institute of Land Policy, 2005. (With Valentina Gerasimova, Olha Krupa, John L. Mikesell, and Svetlana Vladimirova)
  • A Learning Guide for Survey of Public Finance. Revision. Indiana University, Independent Study Program, School of Continuing Studies, Division of Extended Studies, 2004
  • "Effects of Property Tax Abatements on Tax Rates and Capital Costs: The Case of Monroe County, Indiana," Lincoln Institute of Land Policy Working Paper. Cambridge, MA: Lincoln Institute of Land Policy, January 2003. (With John L. Mikesell and Esteban Dalehite)
  • "A Guide to the Structure of Property Tax Abatements in the United States," Lincoln Institute of Land Policy Working Paper. Cambridge, MA: Lincoln Institute of Land Policy, 2002. (With John L. Mikesell, Esteban Dalehite, and Sung-Jin Park)