Seven inaugural faculty members have been named to the multicollege Paul Rubacha Department of Real Estate, an innovative collaboration between the College of Architecture, Art, and Planning (AAP) and the Cornell SC Johnson College of Business designed to advance real estate education and research at the university. The department was established this summer with a $30 million gift from Paul Rubacha '72, MBA '73, and CRP Associate Professor Suzanne Lanyi Charles currently serves as Acting Chair.
Six of the announced faculty members hold tenured positions at Cornell through either AAP or the Nolan School of Hotel Administration and have now been jointly appointed to the department, retaining their original college or school as their primary home. Additionally, Cody Danks Burke, Visiting Professor of the Practice and Acting Director for the Baker Program in Real Estate, is an affiliate member of the department. The appointments went into effect earlier this semester.
"The Rubacha Department of Real Estate brings together a multidisciplinary group of scholars to address the most important issues facing real estate practice and research, opening up possibilities for innovative collaborations around research and teaching across colleges," says Charles. "Moving forward, we look forward to adding additional faculty, including a search for an inaugural chair of the department."