Professor of economics Michael Toma

Armstrong Professor Named Teaching Fellow

(February 24, 2012) Michael Toma, Armstrong professor of economics, was recently named the Teaching Fellow of the Academy of Economics and Finance. This prestigious award recognizes long-term excellence in instruction.

“It is a humbling experience to know that a group of peers from many states and around the world have reviewed my portfolio of work with undergraduates and determined the effort truly noteworthy and so highly commendable that it merits the award,” Toma said. “To me, this is simply what I do. I enjoy it very much and hope to continue on this path for a very long time.”

The Academy dedicates itself to the furtherance of economics and finance knowledge, practice, and image through teaching, research, and service. Armstrong has been actively engaged with the Academy for over a decade.

“Since 2000, faculty in the economics department have served the Academy in various capacities including president, conference program chair, on the board of directors, among many other positions. After innumerable hours of service to the organization, we are very pleased that the academy chose to recognize a faculty member for another very important reason, excellence in teaching,” Economics department head Yassaman Saadatmand said.

The organization was founded in 1963 and has approximately 350 members from 22 states. A majority of its members hail from the southeast, and about a dozen countries are represented, including those in Europe, the Middle East, Africa and Asia.