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Economics Professor Chosen for Endowed Chair in Business

July 27, 2023

Dr. Jamal Husein, a professor of economics in Angelo State University’s Norris-Vincent College of Business (NVCOB), has been selected to hold the Norris Family Chair in Business for a second consecutive five-year term.

The Norris Family Chair in Business was established as Angelo State’s first-ever endowed chair in December 2007 through a $1 million gift from ASU alum Lloyd Norris and his family. An endowed chair is the most prestigious academic appointment available for university faculty and includes funding to supplement the holder’s scholarly research and public service activities.

An ASU faculty member since 2002, Husein was first selected to hold the Norris Family Chair for a five-year term that ran from 2017-22. A selection committee then began accepting applications for the position, and has chosen Husein to retain the chair.

Dr. Andrew Tiger Dr. Andrew Tiger “The committee commented that the selection process was very challenging due to all the applicants’ strong credentials,” said Dr. Andrew Tiger, dean of the NVCOB. “Through his efforts in teaching, service and research, and as a colleague, Dr. Husein has been instrumental in the continual improvement and success of the Norris-Vincent College of Business.”

The announcement that Husein will retain the endowed chair was made by Dr. Don Topliff, provost and vice president for academic affairs.

Dr. Don Topliff Dr. Don Topliff “As the Norris Family Chair in Business,” Topliff said, “Dr. Husein will continue to serve as a champion for business education throughout the university, assist the local community with business and economic issues, promote joint research projects with other NVCOB faculty members, and seek external grants and contracts to support the college and his department.”

In the NVCOB’s Department of Accounting, Economics and Finance (AEF), Husein teaches undergraduate and graduate courses in macro- and micro-economics, international economics, managerial economics, and money and banking. In his previous five years as holder of the Norris Family Chair in Business, he published 10 research articles in various industry journals, including Applied Economics and International Development, Applied Economics Letters, Empirical Economic Review and the Journal of Policy Research in Tourism, Leisure and Events. He is also a reviewer/referee of articles for multiple journals.

Additionally, Husein has made research presentations at various professional conferences, including the National Business and Economics Society Conference, Academy of Economics and Finance National Meeting, and Lilly Conference for College and University Teaching, as well as at the Federal Reserve Bank of Dallas.

Outside of his teaching and research, Husein also serves on numerous committees, including the NVCOB Strategic Planning Committee, AEF Department Curriculum Committee, University Discipline Committee and Faculty Athletic Council.

Among his many honors and awards, Husein has been named the NVCOB Outstanding Faculty Member in Research and Outstanding Faculty Member for Service multiple times. He is also a four-time nominee for the ASU President’s Award for Faculty Excellence in Research/Creative Endeavor and has been named a Professor of the Year by the ASU Student Government Association.

Husein holds a bachelor’s degree from Yarmouk University in Jordan, a Master of Business Administration (MBA) from the University of New Haven and a Ph.D. in economics from Utah State University.