Easterling Named Distinguished Professor

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

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.