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2023 Hand Awards for Distinguished Faculty Achievement

Congratulations to the following recipients of the 2023 Hand Awards for Distinguished Faculty Achievement.

Since 1988, the Hand Awards for Distinguished Faculty Achievement are made possible through the continued generosity of trustee emeritus and alumna Dolly Hand and her late husband, Homer Hand. Through their support of excellence in higher education, Stetson University is honored this year to recognize one outstanding faculty member for the Hand Award for Research, Creative, and Professional Activity.


This teacher-scholar was invited to join the faculty corps at Stetson University six years ago and has engaged in an expansive scope of high-quality research and professional activity with penetrable national and international implications. As a recognized expert in development economics, their work has easily transcended academic boundaries by making practical global impact, particularly on women in agriculture in rural regions and in developing countries.This expertise is sought after by global organizations such as the World Bank, the UN Development Programme, and USAID. This work significantly contributes to Stetson’s vibrancy and vitality, especially on students in upper-level economics courses. 

This faculty member has acquired a prolific record in their short time here. One nominator wrote, this faculty member “has developed an impressive scholarly record during their time at Stetson. Their expertise in development economics has been recognized and sought after on campus, nationally, and internationally, and they have published their work in high-impact venues.”  

Therefore, it gives me great pleasure on behalf of the faculty and staff at Stetson University to present the 2023 Hand Award for Research, Creative, and Professional Activity to Associate Professor Dr. Khushbu Mishra for her stellar, established, and sustained record of scholarly achievement.

Presented by Dr. Rosalie Richards, Associate Provost for Faculty Development and Professor of Chemistry and Education on May 10, 2023 at the 2023 Academic Awards and Recognition Ceremony