Mittelhammer to receive Eminent Faculty Award

mittelhammer-80PULLMAN, Wash. – Ronald C. Mittelhammer will receive the 2014 Eminent Faculty Award from Washington State University during the Celebrating Excellence Recognition Banquet at 5:30 p.m. Friday, March 28, part of WSU’s annual Showcase celebration of faculty, staff and student excellence.

Showcase reservations are being accepted at through Wednesday, March 19.

The prestigious award was created in 2000 to honor career-long excellence within WSU’s academic community. Mittelhammer is the 14th recipient of the highest honor the university bestows on a faculty member.

showcase-125Mittelhammer has been at WSU for 35 years and, in 2004, was among the first faculty promoted to Regents professor, WSU’s highest academic rank. He was instrumental in the design of the School of Economic Sciences and served as its first director 2004-10. He is interim dean in the College of Agricultural, Human and Natural Resource Sciences.

He has been honored for scholarship and teaching, and he works to cultivate and strengthen WSU’s collaborative relationships with industry and other stakeholders.

In 2012 he was named a fellow of the Agricultural and Applied Economics Association, fellow of the Journal of Econometrics and member of the Washington Academy of Sciences. He has been president and past president of the Agricultural and Applied Economics Association and is a distinguished scholar of the Western Agricultural Economics Association.

In addition to three major books on statistics and econometrics, he has authored more than 250 publications and presentations, including more than 100 refereed journal articles and numerous book chapters.

Mittelhammer has received national and university awards for instruction including the Teaching Excellence Award from the WSU College of Agriculture and Home Economics in 1991, the American Agricultural Economics Association Distinguished Graduate Teaching Award in 2001 and the WSU Sahlin Faculty Excellence Award for Instruction in 2001-02.

In addition to chairing the committees of 39 graduate students, he has served on the committees of more than 100 others, mentoring them in the rigorous application of quantitative economic methods.

He earned his bachelor’s and master’s degrees in agricultural economics from Rutgers University (1972, 1974) and his doctorate in agricultural and resource economics from WSU in 1978.

Previous recipients of the Eminent Faculty Award are: Ralph Yount, Don Dillman, Rod Croteau, Fran McSweeney, Yogi Gupta, Jack Rogers, Tom Dickinson, Anjan Bose, Mike Griswold, Jim Krueger, Greg Yasinitsky, Mick Smerdon and Guy Palmer.