Dr. Jane Stallings was a distinguished educator and author whose career involved the improvement of education for students while elevating the teaching profession. In 1990, Stallings was selected as Dean of the College of Education – the first female to hold deanship at Texas A&M. She enacted a policy of actively pursuing candidates who had promise of bringing diverse perspectives on educational issues, which led to a greater number of minority and female hired faculty.

Members of the CEHD Dean’s Development Council established this award to honor Texas A&M University’s first female dean, Jane Stallings. The award recognizes outstanding senior education undergraduate students who have demonstrated exceptional service and commitment to the teaching profession. The honor includes both a certificate and a $1,000 cash award.