Jana Hawley’s classroom extends far beyond the walls of a single building. For example, in fall 2004 she created an independent study class that gave 12 students the opportunity to work with a not-for-profit organization in planning, designing and launching a secondhand clothing store. “Being able to work with Dr. Hawley and more importantly learn from her on this project has been a wonderful, once-in-a-lifetime experience,” one of those students says. “It is, in my mind, the perfect way for my college career to come to an end and at the same time begin my career.”
Students appreciate the ways in which Hawley incorporates her research and experiences in the textile field into curriculum. “The textbook becomes a mere supplement,” one student says. Colleagues and students alike comment upon Hawley’s ability to motivate and inspire her students. “Dr. Hawley’s enthusiasm and passion for teaching are unmatched,” one graduate says. “She taught me finding your passion is the path to true success.”
Hawley earned her bachelor’s degree from Fort Hays State University, her master’s degree from Oklahoma State University and her doctorate from MU. She joined the MU faculty in 2001 to develop curriculum on electronic commerce in the Department of Textile and Apparel Management. She has received numerous teaching awards, including the Human Environmental Sciences Outstanding Teaching Award from the HES Student Council, the Outstanding HES Teacher Award from a faculty committee, and the Excellence in Teaching with Technology award from ET@MO (Educational Technologies at Missouri).