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

BOCA RATON, Fla. (January 12, 2018) – 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 real estate academic journals, according to the Journal of Real Estate Literature.

“Real estate is a vital part of the Florida economy, and this ranking recognizes the strategic importance we place on research on this topic at FAU,” said Daniel Gropper, Ph.D., dean of FAU’s College of Business. “We have assembled an excellent group of research faculty who are thought leaders and we continue to see this as an area of potential growth for the university.”

The Real Estate Academic Leadership (REAL) rankings emphasize contributions to the real estate industry body of knowledge based on author and institution from 2013 to 2017. 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.

“Real estate research is very important, especially here in Florida, and the collective effort of FAU faculty is moving our understanding of real estate forward at this critical time,” said Ken Johnson, Ph.D., Investments Limited Professor in finance and associate dean of graduate programs at FAU’s College of Business. “These rankings reflect FAU’s service to the South Florida community by providing top-notch research.”

Johnson is one of five faculty members of FAU’s Real Estate Initiative, which includes fellow business professors Ping Cheng, Ph.D., and Antoine Giannetti, Ph.D., Steven Bourassa, Ph.D., director of FAU’s School of Urban & Regional Planning within FAU’s College for Design and Social Inquiry, and Jesse Saginor, Ph.D., associate professor in FAU’s School of Urban & Regional Planning.

“The dynamic changes in the Real Estate Academic Leadership rankings highlight that universities throughout Florida continue to lead the charge internationally in real estate research,” Saginor said.

The rankings will be published in a forthcoming issue of the Journal of Real Estate Literature.

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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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