Melanie Fox was installed to the Jack B. Morris Professorship of Economic Policy at Honors Convocation 2013. After joining the economics faculty at Austin College in 2005, Melanie was granted tenure in 2011 and promoted to associate professor of economics.
Melanie’s area of specialization is health economics, offering an exploration of the policy issues associated with the health care industry today. She is the director of the College’s Robert L. Snider Memorial Social Science Lab where research frequently involves policy issues. In 2007, Melanie collaborated with the Dallas Federal Reserve Bank to create the Economic Scholars Program, which provides a conference venue for undergraduate student research on policy issues. The program is in its seventh year and draws outstanding undergraduate students from throughout the country.
The Jack B. Morris Professorship of Economic Policy at Austin College was established in 2005 by Mrs. Jack Morris and the Morris Foundation to recognize the life and achievements of Morris, perpetuate his legacy, and help student gain a solid understanding of the concepts of economic policy.
Morris was a Fort Worth entrepreneur and business pioneer who exhibited a love for learning throughout his life, evidenced by his many philanthropic activities, including scholarships and endowed professorships at Austin College.