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Cover of Summer 2006 Issue

Making Her Mark in Economics

Professor Melanie B. MarksLongwood economics professor Melanie B. Marks recently received the highest honor for a faculty member at a Virginia college or university.

Dr. Marks was one of 15 professors from public and private institutions to receive the 2006 Outstanding Faculty Awards from the State Council of Higher Education for Virginia, presented Feb. 23. She is the first Longwood faculty member to receive the award since Dr. James Jordan, professor of anthropology, in 1992. The award, which includes a $5,000 cash prize, was established by the 1986 Virginia General Assembly to recognize superior accomplishments in teaching, research and public service.

Dr. Marks, a full professor, came to Longwood in 1993 charged with the task of building the economics major, then in its first year. Colleagues and students praise her for innovative approaches that they say engage students, including using tennis balls in her Principles of Microeconomics course and fishing simulations in her Environmental Economics class. In addition to her teaching, she directs the Longwood Center for Economic Education, which provides economics programs to K-12 educators.

Last September she received Longwood’s Maude Glenn Raiford Award for Excellence in Teaching. Honors from the College
of Business & Economics include the 2003 Outstanding Advisor Award and the 1997 Outstanding Teaching Award. She has published numerous articles in refereed journals; won two research awards; written more than a dozen successful research and economic education grants; and is adviser to the Longwood chapter of professional business fraternity Delta Sigma Pi, co-owner of M&M Publishing, co-author of three award-winning economics curriculum books, and co-director of Longwood’s Slovakia Scholars Program.