2008 Award Recipient
Dr. Jane S. Lopus
Dr. Jane S. Lopus is a nationally known leader and researcher in economics education, an accomplished classroom instructor, and an active participant in campus governance. She served as president of the National Association of Economic Educators for 2006-2007, a testament to her national reputation and impact.
Dr. Lopus earned a Ph.D. in economics at the University of California, Davis. Joining the CSU East Bay faculty in 1979, Dr. Lopus is a professor of economics. She is the recipient of the CSU East Bay Outstanding Professor Award for the 2006-2007 academic year.
As director of the Center for Economics Education, Dr. Lopus conducts programs, develops materials, and provides research and evaluation studies to promote the teaching and learning of economics. Her work with area teachers results in their students having an interest in attending CSU East Bay.
Dr. Lopus trains secondary school teachers in market-based Western economic principles in California as well as teachers in Central and Eastern Europe and the former Soviet Union. In addition, she has trained economics teachers in South Africa, Egypt, Paraguay, and Mexico. Professor Lopus developed a stock market simulation that involves over 5,000 middle and secondary school participants; through the simulation students learn responsible investing practices and basic economic principles as well as current events. Instructional materials developed by Dr. Lopus have been translated into French, Spanish, Russian, and Arabic by the International Monetary Fund. Her reputation as a leader in economics education has led to student research opportunities with the Federal Reserve Bank of San Francisco.
A CSU East Bay student writes, "Professor Lopus has made the most influential and meaningful impact on my education. Nurturing my growth from the basics of supply and demand analysis to monetary theory, her extraordinary insights allowed me to build a solid foundation on meaningful principles."