|U of M Professor Will Receive Harold Love Community Service Award
For release: April 23, 2007
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A University of Memphis professor who has worked to improve financial literacy in Tennessee will receive the Harold Love Outstanding Community Service Award from the Tennessee Higher Education Commission. Dr. Julia Heath, professor and chair of economics in the Fogelman College of Business of Economics, will receive the award April 26 in Nashville.
The award recognizes outstanding community service performed by faculty, staff members or students. Five students and five faculty/staff members are selected to receive the $1,000 award.
In an increasingly globalized, market-driven world, the need for individuals to become financially literate is becoming imperative. Recognizing that need, Heath created the Center for Economic Education (CEE) in 2002. The CEE’s primary mission is to provide professional development for K-12 teachers who want to integrate economic and financial literacy into their classrooms. The CEE curriculum is highly integrated with other disciplines, including science, mathematics, language arts, geography, history and government. More than 130 teachers have attended these workshops and have reached 4,000 students.
One of the most significant programs developed by Heath is Smart Tennessee, a statewide financial literacy program that begins in elementary grades and continues through high school. The adoption of Smart Tennessee makes this the first state to institute such a comprehensive financial program and to do so through its unique public/private partnership between the state and First Tennessee Bank.
Heath has been involved in other initiatives as well. She started a four-week financial literacy program for Girls Inc., attended by 200 girls over the past two summers. She also led undergraduate students in research that provided the basis for anti-predatory lending legislation under consideration by the Tennessee General Assembly.
A graduate of Bluffton University in Ohio, Heath earned her Ph.D. from the University of South Carolina. She has taught at the U of M since 1986.
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