Acclaimed Baylor Economics Professor to Give Award Lecture

Oct. 29, 2014
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WACO, Texas (Oct. 29, 2014) – Joseph A. McKinney, Ph.D., The Ben H. Williams Professor of International Economics in Baylor University's Hankamer School of Business and recipient of the 2014 Cornelia Marschall Smith Teaching Award, will present the lecture “Reflections on Globalization,” in honor of the award on Tuesday, Nov. 4.

The annual Cornelia Marschall Smith Award is presented to a Baylor faculty member who makes a superlative contribution to the learning environment at the university based on three categories: teaching, research and service.

“It’s very clear that Dr. McKinney is widely respected by all who know him as a person, but he also has a long history of being involved in international economics scholarship,” said James Bennighof, Ph.D., vice provost for academic affairs and policy, who served on the award selection committee and announced McKinney as the recipient.

“During his 38 years here, our honoree’s teaching has touched a host of Baylor students at both the undergraduate and the graduate levels,” Bennighof said. “These students came from a variety of personal backgrounds and even nations, and they were in a position to compare his teaching with other faculty whom they had encountered, sometimes later in life, at institutions such as Harvard, Yale and Michigan.”

McKinney has taught at universities in Japan and France and has been a Fulbright Senior Scholar at Middlesex University in London and at Carleton University in Ottawa, Canada. His major area of interest is international trade policy, particularly regional economic integration.

“I’ve been blessed by the opportunities Baylor has given me, like sponsorship at international conferences,” McKinney said, adding that his lecture will address the nature of globalization and will consider some of the sects of globalization as well as the effects of globalization on the labor force.

McKinney’s work has resulted in more than 60 peer-reviewed articles, six edited books and government documents, and numerous invitations to testify before various government agencies on high-profile policy issues. He has testified before the Trade Subcommittee of the U.S. House of Representatives’ Ways and Means Committee, the U.S. International Trade Commission on the economic effects of NAFTA, and the U.S. Trade Deficit Review Commission concerning the implications of persistent trade deficits.

He is a member of the American Economic Association and a founding member of both the Association of Christian Economists and the Transatlantic Studies Association.

McKinney received his B.A. in economics from Berea College and his M.A. and Ph.D. degrees in economics from Michigan State University. Prior to joining the faculty at Baylor, he taught at the University of Virginia.

The lecture will take place at 3:30 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 4, in Kayser Auditorium in the Hankamer School of Business, located at 1428 S. Fifth St. in Waco.

by Sarah Czerwinski, student news writer, (254) 710-6805


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The award is named for Cornelia Marschall Smith, Ph.D., a 1918 Baylor biology graduate, who earned a master's degree from the University of Chicago in 1925 and her doctorate from Johns Hopkins University in 1928. She was a professor of biology at Baylor from 1940 to 1967, chair of the biology department from 1943 to 1967 and director of Strecker Museum from 1943 to 1967. She retired in 1967, but maintained an office in Armstrong Browning Library to assist charitable causes. In 1980, Baylor honored Smith with an endowed chair known as the Cornelia Marschall Smith Professorship in Biology. She was celebrated among her colleagues, students and alumni for fine teaching, generous mentoring and her many interdisciplinary interests. She was a lively and continuing contributor to the Baylor intellectual community until her death on Aug. 27, 1997, at the age of 101.

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