Research Faculty at FAU Rank 19th in the World for Intellectual Contributions in Real Estate

Dec 04, 2015, 08:30 ET from Florida Atlantic University

BOCA RATON, Fla., Dec. 4, 2015 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Research faculty at Florida Atlantic University rank 19th in the world for their intellectual contributions to the real estate industry through their publications in top peer-reviewed journals, according to the Journal of Real Estate Literature.

"I am pleased to see us ranked among the top 20 programs in the world, which recognizes that we have a group of excellent research faculty at FAU," said Daniel Gropper, Ph.D., dean of the FAU College of Business. "Real estate is a key part of Florida's economy, and this is an area of strategic emphasis and potential growth for us."

The Real Estate Academic Leadership (REAL) rankings emphasize contributions to the real estate body of knowledge based on author and institution from 2011 to 2015. Rankings are based on the number of publications in the top three peer-reviewed, finance-based real estate journals, including the Journal of Real Estate Finance and Economics, the Journal of Real Estate Research, and Real Estate Economics.

"Being ranked 19th is a pleasant surprise," said Ken Johnson, Ph.D., the SBA Communications professor in finance and associate dean of graduate programs at FAU's College of Business.

Johnson is one of four faculty members of FAU's Real Estate Initiative, which also includes fellow business professor Ping Cheng, Ph.D., as well as Steven Bourassa, Ph.D., director of FAU's School of Urban & Regional Planning, and Jesse Saginor, Ph.D., associate professor in FAU's School of Urban & Regional Planning.

"Many metrics available use student-based data to rank real estate programs," Saginor said. "The Real Estate Academic Leadership rankings are a way to measure real estate programs based on their intellectual contributions." 

The rankings are published in the Journal of Real Estate Literature, Volume 23, Issue 2, 2015.

"This ranking reports the universities where talented research faculty are currently located so students can make more informed choices about where to earn their degree," said Michael Seiler, DBA, editor of the Journal of Real Estate Literature and the K. Dane Brooksher endowed chair professor of real estate & finance at The College of William & Mary's Raymond A. Mason School of Business. "Faculty members bring into the classroom the knowledge they gain from the creation of knowledge, which can only be accomplished through original, rigorous research."           

About Florida Atlantic University
Florida Atlantic University, established in 1961, officially opened its doors in 1964 as the fifth public university in Florida. Today, the University, with an annual economic impact of $6.3 billion, serves more than 30,000 undergraduate and graduate students at sites throughout its six-county service region in southeast Florida. FAU's world-class teaching and research faculty serves students through 10 colleges: the Dorothy F. Schmidt College of Arts and Letters, the College of Business, the College for Design and Social Inquiry, the College of Education, the College of Engineering and Computer Science, the Graduate College, the Harriet L. Wilkes Honors College, the Charles E. Schmidt College of Medicine, the Christine E. Lynn College of Nursing and the Charles E. Schmidt College of Science. FAU is ranked as a High Research Activity institution by the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching. The University is placing special focus on the rapid development of critical areas that form the basis of its strategic plan: Healthy aging, biotech, coastal and marine issues, neuroscience, regenerative medicine, informatics, lifespan and the environment. These areas provide opportunities for faculty and students to build upon FAU's existing strengths in research and scholarship. For more information, visit

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