Longwood University’s real estate faculty has earned the university a top 20 international ranking for intellectual contributions to the field.

"I’m pleased that our real estate faculty have been recognized by their peers for their remarkable contributions to the discipline," said Paul Barrett, dean of the College of Business and Economics. "Our professors put out a vast amount of work while maintaining rigorous teaching schedules—a monumental task that shows their dedication to their field. Our students learn from the best—and they know it."

The rankings, announced in the Journal of Real Estate Literature, are based on the number of articles published by the faculty of each institution in the top three peer-reviewed real estate journals—the Journal of Real Estate Finance and Economics, Journal of Real Estate Research and Real Estate Economics.

"Longwood’s ranking puts us in the company of several top international research universities," said Bennie Waller, chair of the Department of Accounting, Economics, Finance, Real Estate and ISCS at Longwood. "We have an accomplished faculty who continually seek out ways to push real estate research forward."

Waller is joined on the real estate faculty by Xun Bian and Lingxiao Li, both of whom have published in these top journals. All faculty maintain full teaching schedules—putting the focus squarely on students.

"While we are active participants in the real estate field, we are most proud of and invested in involving our students in the kind of top-level research these rankings reflect," said Waller, whose work has also appeared frequently in the Wall Street Journal and other top news outlets. "Longwood students have a unique opportunity to engage in meaningful research during their undergraduate careers, mentored by the top minds in the field. Rankings like this send that message loud and clear to potential students."

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