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Tisha Emerson Awarded the 2016 Kenneth G. Elzinga Distinguished Teaching Award

Feb. 28, 2017

By Dresden Hale

Tisha Emerson

The Southern Economic Association has awarded Tisha Emerson with the 2016 Kenneth G. Elzinga Distinguished Teaching Award. The award honors exemplary educators for their contributions to economics instruction.

Emerson has been teaching at Baylor for 17 years. She is a professor in the Department of Economics and has taught courses at Baylor in environmental economics, international economics, intermediate microeconomic theory, and principles of microeconomics.

“I love teaching and knew from the time I was five years old that I wanted to be a teacher. It's such a blessing to be able to do what you love,” said Emerson.

Through this award, the SEA is “…especially interested in identifying extraordinary talent in conveying economic concepts and in rewarding outstanding efforts that enhance teaching effectiveness,” said the SEA award committee.

Emerson describes her teaching style as very interactive, because she uses active learning techniques. These include classroom experiments with market simulations and other market-related scenarios so that students can experience the environments and decision-making situations that are studied in her class.

In receiving the Elzinga Award, Tisha joins a long line of respected teachers and scholars in economics, including Mike Salemi, Charles Holt, Russ Sobel, Thomas Nechyba, Gail Hoyt, and KimMarie McGoldrick.

“I'm incredibly humbled to be in the company of others who have received this award - in particular Mike Salemi (a finalist for the Cherry Award) and Charlie Holt.  Mike has been a great friend, mentor and supporter in my career.  Charlie has done incredible work in classroom experiments (the area in which I do my research). Ken, Mike and Charlie have been instrumental in my career and it's overwhelming to be placed in their company,” said Emerson.

Emerson’s research interests lie in the fields of environmental economics, economic education, and business ethics. She has published in a variety of peer-reviewed journals including Economic Inquiry, Southern Economic Journal, Journal of Economic Education, Journal of Business Ethics.

“I can’t imagine a better job,” said Emerson.

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