Summer 2002. Retrieved online June 15, 2001 by Staff Aggie Panorama
Six top educators were honored this year with New Mexico State University’s first-ever Regents Professorships for countless contributions to and advancement of the university’s mission through education, research and public service endeavors.
The most recent addition to the prestigious teaching awards bestowed on faculty members, the Regents Professorships are designed to recognize exceptional professors who have distinguished themselves as leaders in their various fields, dedicated mentors, scholars and academic professionals who continually support the enhancement of education in the community.
Award recipients were announced in January and each received an engraved office chair and an annual $12,500 stipend. As part of the role of Regents Professors, each will serve as an adviser to other faculty members and will help address university issues, including improving academic quality and research.
From disciplines as varied as literature, economics and analytical chemistry, these six faculty members embody the spirit of the award through their impressive academic and professional accomplishments. They will set the standard and lead the way for future Regents Professors.
The Economist: Jim Peach
Gifted economist Jim Peach examines the economic currents running through the southwest with an eye to issues ranging from demographics to the impact of NAFTA.
Peach is a sought-after border economic specialist, presenting his research to both private and government organizations, including the U.S.- Mexico Chamber of Commerce. He also is a principle founder of The Journal of the Borderland Studies, a national publication that has become the premier journal on border issues.
In the classroom, Peach works with professors in sociology, anthropology and statistics to develop new integrated courses that present the principles of economics in a different way. His interactive and interdisciplinary approaches to coursework have earned him a number of teaching honors, including the College Award for Teaching Excellence and the Robert O. Anderson Distinguished Professorship in the College of Business Administration and Economics.