The Department of Agricultural and Resource Economics is excited to officially welcome three assistant professors: Charles Towe, Nathan Fiala and Richard Dunn. The new faculty members began in August 2014 and bring an impressive publication record with a combined total of 38 peer reviewed journal articles, seven publications in review and an additional 12 working papers. Department Head Rigoberto Lopez says about the new appointments, “After an intensive self-study review and following the academic plan of the department, the college and the university, the three new Assistant Professors are elevating the stature of the department to a new level. Their contribution to the education of undergraduate and graduate programs are a big welcome given the stiff growth in the number of students that we have experienced in the last five years. They represent a 25% incease in capacity while our numbers have grown by more than 50%. As evidence of this, the ranking of the department has risen from 31st to 27th according to IDEAS.”
Dr. Towe joins UConn from the University of Maryland and is fulfilling the need for an Assistant Professor in environmental and natural resource economics. Dr. Fiala finished his postdoctoral fellowship at DIW in Berlin prior to joining ARE and focuses on food security and economic development while Dr. Dunn focuses on health economics and is joining ARE from Texas A&M.
With Assistant Research Professor Adam Rabinowitz joining the department this fall and the addition of an Assistant Research Professor (Tatiana Andreyeva) along with an Assistant Professor in Applied Microeconomics in fall 2015, the department expects to raise both capacity and the quality of its programs to a new level.