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Press Release for Monday, September 24, 2012

UNF Presents 2012 Distinguished Professor Award at Fall Convocation

Media Contact: Joanna Norris, Associate Director 

Department of Public Relations 

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The University of North Florida will present Dr. Mina Baliamoune-Lutz, a professor in the Coggin College of Business Department of Economics and Geography, the 2012 Distinguished Professor award during the 41st Annual Fall Convocation ceremony at 10 a.m. Friday, Sept. 28, in the Fine Arts Center Lazzara Performance Hall on campus. 


Baliamoune-Lutz is the 35th faculty member at UNF to hold the title of Distinguished Professor, which is an award given to a professor who demonstrates excellence in teaching, scholarship and service. This award is the highest honor to be conferred upon a University faculty member. She is also the first female in the Coggin College to receive this award.  


“Dr. Baliamoune-Lutz exemplifies what we mean at UNF by the term ‘distinguished professor’: she is an internationally engaged and prominent economist, a dedicated teacher committed to the global education of her students, and no less generous with her time and energy in serving the University community,” said Dr. Mark Workman, UNF provost and vice president of Academic Affairs.  


A Kip Distinguished Research Fellow of Economics, Baliamoune-Lutz has been at UNF since fall 2000, teaching undergraduate and graduate courses in macroeconomics, international trade, the global economy, economic policy and a study-abroad course on the political economy of development in Brazil. Her empirical work on the effect of policy and institutional reforms in Africa has received significant recognition internationally. She is a regular contributor to research themes debated at the United Nations World Institute of Development Economics in Helsinki, the United Nations Economic Conference on Africa, the African Development Bank and the European Report on Development. 


Baliamoune-Lutz, who holds a Master of Business Administration and a Ph.D. in Economics from Northeastern University, is a recipient of the UNF Outstanding International Leadership Award in 2011; UNF Outstanding Service Award in 2010, as well as the UNF Outstanding Scholarship and Outstanding Undergraduate Teaching awards in 2009.  


Her service contribution includes chairing the Research Committee and the Nominations and Elections Committee, as well as membership in several other Faculty Association and University committees. She organized and chaired the annual International Business Research Conference (co-sponsored by the Coggin College of Business and the School of Management at Warsaw University) for six years.  


 In addition, Baliamoune-Lutz has an extensive record of service to the national and international community and to the economics profession. She is the newly-elected president of the African Finance and Economics Association and functions as associate editor of the “Journal of African Development” and “Information Technology for Development.” Additionally, she currently serves on the editorial board of “Feminist Economics,”Journal of Business and Behavioral Sciences,” “Journal of Business and Accounting” and the Journal of Business and Behavioral Sciences, as well as served on the board of directors of the Eastern Economic Association during 2009-2012.