Kimberly Morgan, assistant professor of agricultural and applied economics in the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences at Virginia Tech, has been reappointed as the David M. Kohl Junior Faculty Fellow by Virginia Tech President Tim Sands and Interim Executive Vice President and Provost Cyril Clarke.

The Kohl Junior Faculty Fellowship supports a faculty member in the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences who seeks to create and enhance undergraduate experiential learning opportunities that integrate research and service to solve real world business problems.

In turn, the Kohl Junior Faculty Fellow will lead the Kohl Agribusiness Centre, which was established to honor David M. Kohl for his 25 years as a professor of agricultural finance, small business management, and entrepreneurship in the Department of Agricultural and Applied Economics. Kohl, who now serves the department as professor emeritus, was well known for engaging students in hands-on research and problem-solving while simultaneously addressing the needs of agricultural and rural entrepreneurs. Recipients hold the fellowship for a period of three years.

Morgan has held the title of Kohl Junior Faculty Fellow since 2014.

A member of the Virginia Tech community since 2013, Morgan has many years of experience in working with students, producers, and industry groups from the Southern region. Her teaching and Extension programs in the areas of small business management, entrepreneurship, risk management, and marketing work to improve Virginia agriculture.

In the classroom, Morgan gives students practical applications of economic and business principles. Aside from incorporating real-world case studies into her courses, she regularly invites students to participate in Extension programs. Her students provide farm and agribusiness managers with creative solutions to a variety of business issues based on what they have learned in academic courses, original research they conduct, and a team approach that is based on the experience, knowledge, and skills of diverse student groups.

Morgan received her bachelor’s degree in animal science, and her master’s degree and Ph.D. in food and resource economics from the University of Florida.