Dr. Sally Hays has taught economics at Western State College since 2004. A Littleton, Colorado native, she received her B.A. from University of Colorado, Boulder in Economics and Mathematics (1992). After working two years as a statistician for Standard and Poor’s Compustat in Denver Sally went on and received her Ph.D. in Economics from the University of Oregon (1999). Sally’s research focuses on economic incentive structures for groundwater protection and energy efficiency programs.
Her teaching interests include microeconomics, econometrics, regulatory economics, environmental economics, mathematical economics, statistics, natural resource economics and industrial organizations. Sally started her academic career teaching at California State University, Fresno for four years. In addition to teaching within the economics department, she participated in an interdisciplinary course dealing with River Restoration Planning on the Merced River for the California Department of Fish and Wildlife.
In 2004, Sally and her family were able to ‘move home’ to Colorado and began teaching at Western State College. In addition to teaching a variety of economics courses, Sally is an active member of the Environmental Studies council. In addition Sally currently serves on the board of directors for Tenderfoot Child and Family Development Center in Gunnison.
“I got to visit Western State while I was in high school as a Colorado Girl State participate and fell in love with the western slope. I love being at a small college and really get to know my students especially seeing their academic and personal growth through their years at Western.”