Economics Professor Eric Houk has been named recipient of the Elizabeth Anne B. Papageorge Faculty Development Award at California State University, Stanislaus. The award recognizes and encourages outstanding achievement by faculty members who are early in their careers at CSU Stanislaus.
Houk is commended for his commitment to engaging and effective teaching, his scholarly record, and his considerable and involvement in service to both the institution and the region, noted William A. Covino, Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs.
"My philosophy of teaching is to provide a classroom environment that encourages student participation, appreciates student diversity, and inspires students to continue learning outside of the classroom," Houk said.
Since coming to CSU Stanislaus in 2003 from Colorado State University where he earned his Ph.D. in Agricultural & Resource Economics, Agricultural Production & Finance, Houk has been an active member of the faculty. He received College Junior Faculty Awards in 2005 and 2007.
Houk participated as a research associate in a Center for Public Policy Studies study on the City of Turlock's water demand and conservation issues and is involved in a pair of grant-funded projects -- one titled "Preparing Underrepresented Students for Careers in Agriculture through Recruitment, Experiential Learning, and Community Service" and the other a "Campus and Community Sustainability Program" that is focusing on global learning in the colleges issues.
As an active member of the University faculty, Houk serves as Co-Advisor of the University's Economics Club and spearheaded the establishment of an international economics honor society at CSU Stanislaus. His extensive research activities have included participation in a number of programs and organizations at the state and national level.