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Faculty Research Associates

RRI Faculty Research Associates (FRAs) are members of the West Virginia University research community with special interests in regional research. They benefit from their affiliation in several ways. First, they become part of a vibrant network of like-minded scholars who—by participating in both scholarly and social activities—have enhanced opportunities to explore synergies and build relationships that can lead to long lasting collaborations and friendships. Numerous projects and publications have grown from intellectual seeds sown at RRI sponsored events. Second, RRI FRAs benefit professionally from a formal affiliation with an internationally recognized institution specializing in regional development researchAnd third, they receive notice of RRI sponsored seminars and related events, information request, and news relevant to regional researchers, including notice of external funding opportunities.

To become an FRA, researchers should submit a letter of interest and curriculum vitae to the Director. The candidate’s letter of interest need only include one or two paragraphs describing his/her regional research interests. The description of research interests will be used for the FRA application process itself and for matching the candidate with other researchers and potential projects of interest. The FRA application will be reviewed internally. WVU Faculty and FE/AP researchers are eligible for FRA status.

James T. Anderson, Professor of Wildlife Ecology and Management, Forestry and Natural Resources

Robert E. Blobaum, Eberly Family Distinguished Professor of History & EU/US Atlantis Project Director

Eric Bowen, Research Assistant Professor, Bureau of Business and Economic Research

Cheryl Brown, Associate Professor,  Resource Economics and Management

Robert C. BurnsDirector, Division of Forestry and Natural Resources and Professor of Recreation, Parks and Tourism Resources

Peter Butler, Director of Design and Community Development and Associate Professor, Landscape Architecture

K.Victor Chow, Professor of Finance; Director, Center for Chinese Business; and Director, Confucius Institute

Christiadi, Associate Researcher and Demographer, Bureau of Business and Economic Research

Jamison Conley, Associate Professor, Geography

Brian Cushing,  Associate Professor Emeritus  of Economics

Gerard E. D'Souza, Professor Emeritus of Resource Economics and Management

Jinyang Deng, Program Coordinator and Assistant Professor of Recreation, Parks and Tourism Resources

John Deskins, Director, Bureau of Business and Economic Research; Assistant Dean for Outreach and Engagement and Associate Professor of Economics

Stratford M. Douglas, Associate Professor Emeritus of Economics

Levan Elbakidze, Associate Professor of Resource Economics and Management

Gregory Elmes, Professor Emeritus of Geography

Xiaoli Etienne, Associate Professor of Agricultural and Resource Economics

Tesfa G. Gebremedhin, Professor Emeritus of Agricultural and Resource Economics

Hodjat Ghadimi, Associate Professor, Design & Development Planning

Joshua Hall,  Professor of Economics and Director for Free Enterprise

Trevor M. Harris, Eberly Distinguished Professor of Geography

Brad P. Humphries, Associate Professor, Business & Economics

Kenneth C. Martis, Professor Emeritus of Geography

Robert M. Maxon, Professor of History

Timothy T. Phipps, Professor Emeritus of Agricultural and Resource Economics

Dimitra PyrialakouAssistant Professor, CEMR Civil and Environmental Engineering

Peter V. Schaeffer, Interim Division Director of Animal and Nutritional Sciences and Professor of Resource Economics and Management

Steven W. Selin, Professor of  Recreation, Parks & Tourism Resources

Heather M. Stephens, Assistant Professor of Resource Economics and Management

Tim Warner, Professor of Geography and Geology

Rachael W. WoldoffAssociate Professor of Sociology and Anthropology

Feng Yao, Associate Professor of Economics

Charles Yuill, Associate Professor of Resource Management

Paul Ziemkiewicz, Director, West Virginia Water Research Institute