Easterling Receives Governor’s Award

Ed Easterling, professor of business and economics at William Woods University, is one of 66 Missouri educators to receive the Governor’s Award for Excellence in Teaching.

Easterling, who lives in rural Auxvasse, Mo., received the honor Dec. 6 during the Governor’s Conference on Higher Education in Kansas City Dec. 6. The awards are given annually to Missouri’s most outstanding collegiate teachers/scholars, who are characterized by their dedication and love for teaching.

In addition to the Governor’s Award, he has received the Louis D. Beaumont/Dads’ Association Distinguished Professor Award for Excellence in Teaching at William Woods University three times–in 1987, 1991 and 1999. He also received the Professional Achievement Award at WWU in 1994.

The recipient of the distinguished professor award is selected by the WWU student body. It is a $3,000 cash award given annually to a faculty member who has displayed excellence in teaching.

Easterling has taught every course within the economics curriculum at William Woods. Regardless of his course load, he has remained active on numerous administrative committees and can be found regularly at student-organized events. He could possibly be the Owls biggest fan.

Before coming to teach at William Woods in 1985, he did economic research for the U.S. Department of Agriculture. There he was responsible for analyzing the structure, conduct and performance of agricultural industries. As a result of his research, the USDA awarded him with the Certificate of Merit for outstanding research and staff analyses in 1985.

He 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.

The Missouri Coordinating Board for Higher Education provides each Missouri college and university an opportunity each year to submit a nominee for the Governor’s Award for Excellence in Teaching.

Nominations are based on effectiveness of teaching, advising, service to the college/university community, commitment to excellence and ability to nurture student achievement.