Curtis M. Jolly
Professor Jolly was Chair of the Department of Agricultural Economics, College of Agriculture, Auburn University, from 2005 to 2013; Alumni Professor from 2009 to 2014; and the Charles W. Barkley Endowed Professor for Multicultural Diversity at Auburn University from 2010 to 2015. He has been involved in development activities for more than 30 years and he has worked extensively in the areas of Economics of Aquaculture, Economic Development and International Trade. His strong agricultural background has influenced and enabled him to participate in teaching, conducting seminars, research, outreach and extension in a number of African, Caribbean, Asian and European countries. He has been involved in project planning, evaluation, monitoring and management in a number of countries.

Dr. Jolly has published over 100 scientific articles, books and book chapters, and has been a graduate advisor for Ph.D. and master’s students in Agricultural Economics and Allied Aquaculture and Fisheries. He has also served on the graduate committees of over 50 students in Auburn’s colleges of Agriculture, Human Sciences, Education, Sciences and Mathematics, and Forestry and Wildlife Sciences. Professor Jolly has been responsible for overseeing the smooth running of a department of 23 faculty members, of which 7 were in extension, six staff members, 150 undergraduate and 42 graduate students (22 Ph.D. and 20 master’s students). Additionally, he has provided technical assistance to various projects in over 20 African, Caribbean, Asian and European countries. In his early career he worked with the Caribbean Research and Development Institute (CARDI). He has served on a number of USAID, World Bank, FAO and National Governments funded research and extension projects.

From 2011 to the present he has been a visiting professor at Nha Trang and Canto Universities in Vietnam. He is a core member of the Food System Initiative at Auburn University, member of the Board of Directors of the Auburn University Federal Credit Union, and has been a member of the Executive Committee of the Caribbean Agricultural Economics Society. During his career, he has received several teaching, research and outreach awards. In 2013, he received the Alabama Experimental Station High Impact Paper Award in recognition of one of his scientific publications. In 2014, he received the Richard Guthrie Award for his contribution to international work. He also received the Lifetime Achievement Award for his contribution to the Caribbean Agricultural Economics Association in 2013. Professor Jolly received an Associate’s Degree with honors from the College of Agriculture in Jamaica, a B.S. in Animal Science at Tuskegee University, an M.S. in Agricultural Economics from Auburn University and a Ph.D. in Agricultural Economics from Louisiana State University. He has also done further studies in Applied Statistics at George Washington University during a sabbatical from 1989 to 1990.

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