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Florida State Real Estate professors honored

C.F. Sirmans
Dean Gatzlaff

One of the real estate industry's most respected academic journals has shined a spotlight on a pair of Florida State University faculty members for their scholarly contributions to the publication.

Professor C.F. Sirmans, the J. Harold and Barbara M. Chastain Eminent Scholar Chair in Real Estate at Florida State, has been named by Real Estate Economics as the most prolific research author in the 35-year history of the publication, amassing a total of 35 published research articles in that time. He also topped the charts as the most published real estate scholar in the journal since 1990.

"The study of real estate is my passion," Sirmans said of his accomplishment. "When you're engaged in conducting basic research, you're being led by your passion to discover new processes and solutions. I'm very fortunate in that I've experienced that passion so many times."

Sirmans isn't the only faculty member from the College of Business to earn kudos in the most recent issue of Real Estate Economics. Dean Gatzlaff, the Mark C. Bane Professor of Business Administration and director of Florida State's Center for Real Estate Education & Research, topped the list of most cited research articles from 2001 to 2004 for an article he co-authored in 2003 with Jeffrey Fisher of Indiana University, David Geltner of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and Donald Haurin of Ohio State University. The article, "Controlling for the Impact of Variable Liquidity in Commercial Real Estate Price Indices," develops better benchmarks for tracking movements in commercial property values.

"We are exceedingly proud of both Professor Sirmans and Professor Gatzlaff," said Caryn L. Beck-Dudley, dean of the College of Business. "This is characteristic of the caliber of professors at The Florida State University. They are the best in their fields, and they are passing their knowledge and quest to continue learning on to our students."

Published quarterly, Real Estate Economics is the journal of the American Real Estate and Urban Economics Association. It contains research and scholarly studies of current and emerging real estate issues.

Founded in 1950, the Florida State University College of Business is one of the nation's youngest business schools, yet it has become one of the 10 largest. It is the second largest academic unit on the Florida State campus with an enrollment of more than 6,000 students and boasts a distinguished full-time faculty of 100, including one Francis Eppes Professor, eight Eminent Scholars, three university-named professors and 26 endowed professors. For more information, visit

"They are the best in their fields, and they are passing their knowledge and quest to continue learning on to our students."

Caryn L. Beck-Dudley
Dean, Florida State University College of Business