Dr. Jane V. Hall, a nationally recognized expert on environmental economics and assessment, is this year's Cal State Fullerton Outstanding Professor Award recipient.
Hall, a professor of economics and the current chair of the Academic Senate, was surprised by the announcement as she led the April 13 Academic Senate meeting. She received an enthusiastic standing ovation.
"Your record of accomplishments in the areas of teaching, research and service is, quite simply, without equal," said CSUF President Milton A. Gordon. "Your path-breaking work as a scholar in environmental, resource and ecological economics brings not only you, but Cal State Fullerton, national and international recognition. In addition, your extraordinary commitment to university service and governance makes Cal State Fullerton better for faculty, staff, administrators and students alike."
"Dr. Hall represents the ideal scholar-teacher faculty member that Cal State Fullerton has always sought," said Dr. Anil K. Puri, dean of the College of Business and Economics. "Her uncompromising integrity, compassion, wit and intelligence make her the kind of colleague one feels privileged to work with."
A member of the campus community since 1981, Hall teaches courses in microeconomic theory, international and environmental economics, and environmental regulation. She is one of the first CSUF faculty members to offer a completely online course.
"Jane has been an outstanding teacher and scholar and equally outstanding in service to her community related to her work as an environmental economist," said Dr. David C. Wong, chair and professor of economics. "She is very deserving of this honor."
"Dr. Hall is the overwhelming reason why I greatly value the education and experience that I received from the university," said alumna Rhonda Leigh Sicilia (B.A. economics '91, M.A. economics '93). "She taught her students how to think and creatively solve problems-a skill that is extremely valuable."
"Without her assistance, prodding and mentoring, I would have not attended graduate school and pursued a Ph.D.," noted Dr. Paulette Olson (B.A. economics '83) of Wright State University. "As a professor, I have tried to emulate Dr. Hall's style of teaching. She was simply brilliant in the classroom. The subject matter came to life. Theory was given practical meaning in the context of our daily lives. I have never since has such a wonderful teacher and role model."
"As someone who has earned the 'wisdom' that comes with reaching middle age, I believe that during our lifetimes we meet very few people who truly change our lives," said Andrea Howatt, senior project manager with Southern California Edison and a CSUF alumna. "For me, Jane Hall has been one of those people."
In addition to teaching, Hall has been a leader in campus governance, formerly serving as acting dean for the then-School of Business Administration and Economics and as chair of the economics department. Most recently, she has chaired the Academic Senate since 1998 and is now in her second term.
"Jane's high values, practical vision and keen sense of strategy are key, not always visible, elements that bring about success," noted Dr. Thomas P. Klammer, dean of the College of Humanities and Social Sciences. "Her ability to win the confidence and agreement of all parties in decision-making enable her to create accord where disagreement and dissension would otherwise prevail."
"Her sense of what matters has been consistently on track during her tenure as senate chair, and a wonderful sense of cordiality is her trademark," noted Dr. Keith O. Boyum, acting associate vice president for academic programs, professor of political science and a former Academic Senate chair.
Beyond teaching and leadership on campus, Hall is a noted author of more than 60 governmental and agency reports, book chapters and peer-reviewed articles, as well as the 1997 book "Air Pollution and Regional Economic Performance: A Case Study" published by JAI Press. Her research has garnered more than $1.3 million in grant support, and Hall has made presentations throughout the United States and as far away as Thailand, Hong Kong and Belgium.
"Dr. Hall's scholarly work in the field of environmental economics has made a singular contribution to state and federal policies and programs to reduce air pollution and protect public health," noted V. John White, executive director of the Center for Energy Efficiency and Renewable Technologies. "She has been an enormously effective and influential voice on behalf of independent scientific research, and has led interdisciplinary research teams that have made important contributions to scientific knowledge."
Hall is a member of the Environmental Protection Agency Children's Health Protection Advisory Committee, an appointment based on her knowledge and experience. She also serves on the EPA's Science Advisory Board Council on Clean Air Compliance Analysis, the California Air Resources Board's Innovative Clean Air Technologies Advisory Committee and the Scientific Advisory Committee for the Southern California Center for Airborne Particulate Matter. For nine years, she was vice chair of the South Coast Air Quality Management Advisory Council.
"Through her work and her life, Jane has shown us that it (economics) can become a discipline that helps make the human condition less and less dismal. For this, we-and the many children whose lives have been and will be touched for the good-are forever grateful," stated Children's Environmental Health Network 's Executive Director Daniel Swartz, and Joy E. Carlson, CEH co-founder and former executive director.
Her professional associations include the American Economics Association, the Association of Environmental and Resource Economists, International Society for Ecological Economics and the Committee on the Status of Women in the Economics Profession.
Hall, a resident of Laguna Beach, holds a doctorate from UC Berkeley.
She will be formally honored during an awards reception Friday, May 26, in conjunction with the university's commencement ceremonies. The Outstanding Professor Award includes a $4,000 cash award provided by the President's Associates, along with personal and perpetual plaques.
Dr. Irene Lange, chair and professor of marketing, chaired the nine-member Outstanding Professor Selection Committee.
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