Easterling Named Distinguished Professor
|5/30/2013||Mary Ann Beahon|
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Ed Easterling, professor of business and economics at William Woods University, recently received the Louis D. Beaumont Dad’s Association Distinguished Professor Award for Excellence in Teaching for the fourth time—more than any other professor.
The award was presented at the university’s recent academic honors convocation. It carries an honorarium and is given annually to a faculty member who has displayed dedication to teaching. Easterling also received the award in 1987, 1991 and 1999.
In addition, Easterling received the Governor’s Award for Excellence in Teaching in 2001 and was awarded the 2004 T.A. Abbott award for faculty excellence from the Higher Education and Leadership Ministries (HELM).
The Abbott award is given to a professor who inspires students toward excellence, continues to grow and learn in his or her academic discipline and practices a personal faith. Easterling was the first William Woods faculty member to receive this award.
Easterling has been teaching at William Woods since 1985. He has taught every course within the economics curriculum and has been involved in numerous activities on campus, including being a faculty adviser to Alpha Chi Omega social sorority and Alpha Chi honorary society. Easterling also regularly attends sporting events, art exhibitions, theatrical performances and other student activities.
Also active in his church, Easterling has served as chairman of the trustees and elders, president of the congregation, and on education and scholarship committees. He has taught Sunday school for junior-high students and adults and is actively involved in the Boy Scouts.
Before coming to William Woods, Easterling did economic research for the U.S. Department of Agriculture. He was responsible for analyzing the structure, conduct and performance of agricultural industries. This research awarded him with the Certificate of Merit for outstanding research and staff analyses in 1985 by the USDA.
Easterling has been an active member of the Missouri Valley Economics Association since 1985, serving as a director of the association, and presenting numerous times. He has been involved in numerous research projects and has more than 20 research publications. His current research and consulting interests include regional economics and applied microeconomic analysis.
Easterling received his Bachelor of Science degree at Clemson University, his Master of Science degree at Auburn University and his doctorate at the University of Missouri.
Ralls, Ed and Lori Easterling celebrate Ed’s award.