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Tisha Emerson

Baylor University

Tisha Emerson is a Full Professor of Economics in the Hankamer School of Business at Baylor University.  She has taught at Baylor since 2000.  She earned her MA and PhD in Economics from the University of Southern California and her BA in Economics from the University of Hawaii at Manoa.  Her main research interest is in the area of economic education where she studies the efficacy of active learning techniques (including experiments and cooperative learning).  Dr. Emerson is internationally known for her economic education research.  She currently serves as an Associate Editor for the Journal of Economic Education and has previously served on the American Economic Association’s Committee on Economic Education.

Dr. Emerson’s research reflects her passion for teaching.  She has taught a variety of courses in economics including principles of micro and macro, intermediate microeconomic theory, international trade theory, environmental economics, economic development, industrial organization, economics and globalization, and economic reasoning and analysis.  She has been recognized for her teaching by the Mortar Board Circle of Achievement, Phi Beta Kappa, and in being named to the first class of Baylor Fellows.  Dr. Emerson has also had the opportunity to teach economics professors nationally in NSF funded workshops as part of the Teaching Innovations Program.

Travel is another of Dr. Emerson’s passions.  She especially enjoys mixing travel with academics.  As an undergraduate at the University of Hawaii, she participated in a study tour of Japan.  Then as a Baylor faculty member, she taught in Baylor in Great Britain (summer 2009 and 2015), was the Director of the Baylor in Maastricht Program(spring 2014), taught at Northrise University in Ndola, Zambia (summer 2015 and 2016), and served as a business consultant on the Kenya Medical Mission trip (summer 2012).  The spring 2017 SAS voyage will be Dr. Emerson’s second, having sailed in summer 2013.

Dr. Emerson will be accompanied on the Spring 2017 Semester at Sea voyage by her eighth grade daughter, Sarah, and her mom, Valerie.  You can learn more about Dr. Emerson on her website,