Economics Professor Janna Cowen became the 24th person to be named a Distinguished Teacher, the highest award that can be made to a faculty member.
Among the comments alumni made in nominating Cowen were that: "Simply, she is the best teacher I have had throughout my academic career."
"Janna is a very caring person who responds well to the changing needs of her students while maintaining a high level of excellence."
Cowen, who joined the faculty in 1979, earned her master's and doctorate degrees at the University of Negraska-Lincoln.
Cowen is a specialist in labor economics, industrial organization and regulated industries, economics of public policy and quantitative economics.