WSU Names Hinckley, Collaboration Award Winners
Grijalva joined the Department of Economics in 2000. Whether teaching an introductory economics course or a class in the Master of Business Administration (MBA) program, she brings an enthusiasm that resonates with undergraduate and graduate students alike.
Grijalva once was not as passionate about economics as she is now, but she uses that experience to make the subject more interesting. “I did not understand or appreciate the importance of economics as an undergraduate,” said Grijalva, who earned her bachelor’s degree in finance at Florida State University and her MBA from Cleveland State University. A concern for the environment, however, and the realization that economics impacts the efficient use of scarce environmental resources, led to Grijalva earning a Ph.D. in economics from the University of New Mexico.
An environmental economist, Grijalva, along with three faculty members from the Goddard School of Business & Economics, created the first-of-its-kind graduate curriculum in Utah targeting environmental sustainability for businesses. Each of the four members of the team were named “Green Pioneers” by “Utah Business Magazine.”
Grijalva has published more than 17 peer-reviewed articles, several of which have appeared in such highly ranked journals as “Land Economics” and “American Journal of Agricultural Economics.” These successes have contributed to her growing national reputation as a scholar in the expanding field of environmental economics.
Since 1991, the Hinckley Award has been bestowed upon a member of the WSU faculty who has excelled in teaching, scholarship and service. The award is named in honor of Ogden businessman and WSU supporter John S. Hinckley, who died in 1990.
Chosen through a competitive bidding process, WSU was selected because of its long history of actively supporting and taking a leadership role in undergraduate research.
The NCUR 2012 executive committee included John Cavitt, Amy Douangdara and Erin Daniels from WSU’s Office of Undergraduate Research; associate provost Ryan Thomas; medical laboratory sciences department chair Scott Wright; and psychology professor Lauren Fowler. In addition, a committee of 32, including students, faculty, staff, administrators and community representatives, helped with the monumental task of preparing for and implementing the event, which had an estimated $2.6 million economic impact on northern Utah and an invaluable impact on students.
The university will formerly recognize the recipients of both awards at a luncheon on March 12.
Michael Vaughan, provost801-626-6006 • firstname.lastname@example.org
Therese Grijalva, economics professor801-626-7567 • email@example.com
John Cavitt, director, WSU’s Office of Undergraduate Research801-626-6172 • firstname.lastname@example.org
Amy Hendricks, office of Media Relations801-626-6346 • email@example.com
2011 - Adam Johnston
2010 - Clifford Nowell
2009 - Judy Elsley
2008 - Jeffrey Eaton
2007 - Michael Wutz
2006 - Eric Amsel
2005 - Yasmen Simonian
2004 - Kent Van De Graaff