Faculty & Staff
Mark M. Miller, Ph.D.
|Mark M. Miller, Ph.D., serves as interim chair of the Southern Miss Department of Economic & Workforce Development, for the academic year 2012-2013. He is happy to be back working with his former colleagues in the department, as well as alumni and allied professionals around the country.|
Miller is a professor of Geography in the Southern Miss Department of Geography & Geology. His research interests currently focus on economic development for low-income communities, particularly in Mississippi.
Chad Miller, Ph.D.
|Chad R. Miller, Ph.D., is an Assistant Professor in The University of Southern Mississippi (USM) Department of Economic and Workforce Development and is Assistant Director for Trade of the USM Center for Logistics, Trade, and Transportation. Prior to joining academia he worked in the private sector in Asia and was an Army Officer stationed in the Pacific Rim. He worked for the Virginia Tech Office of Economic Development before joining the faculty at USM. His main research interests are freight-based economic development and economic development policy. Chad has a Ph.D. from the Virginia Tech Center for Public Administration & Policy, a MBA from Boston University, and a BA from the College of William & Mary.|
Brian Richard, Ph.D.
|Brian Richard, Ph.D., is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Economic and Workforce Development at The University of Southern Mississippi. Brian has extensive experience in economic, fiscal and policy research. At Southern Miss, his work concentrates on the casino tourism industry, the impacts of economic development projects, local retail and industrial analysis, and research into the state of the southern Mississippi economy. Brian is currently heading up a team of researchers from Mississippi’s four research universities that is quantifying the economic impacts of the Gulf Oil Spill. Previously, Dr. Richard taught introductory Economics at Millsaps College. He has a finance degree from the University of Washington and a Masters degree in economics from Clemson University. He received his PhD in International Development at Southern Miss.|
|Sherry Parker serves as the Budget and Curriculum Coordinator for the Department of Economic and Workforce Development. She also helps as coordinator for student advisement and academic programming. Sherry holds both an undergraduate degree in Psychology with an emphasis in Social and Rehabilitation Services and a Master of Science in Economic Development from The University of Southern Mississippi. Sherry worked for South Mississippi State Hospital as a Mental Health Specialist for two (2) years. Prior to receiving her degree, she was the Scholarship Coordinator and Reservation Specialist for The College of The Arts at Southern Miss for 10 years.|
|James Wilcox holds both an undergraduate degree in International Business and a Master of Science in Economic Development from The University of Southern Mississippi. He was selected in January 2011 as the Director of the Southern Miss Center for Economic and Entrepreneurship Education (CEEE), housed within the university's Department of Economic and Workforce Development. CEEE is an affiliate of the Mississippi Council on Economic Education as well as the national Council on Economic Education; and as Center Director, Wilcox serves as an instructor for primary and secondary teachers through the Master Teacher in Economics program, Financial Fitness for Life trainings, and the Southern Entrepreneurship Program. Through its partnership with the Department of Economic and Entrepreneurship Education, CEEE also offers teacher training through the Master Teacher in Entrepreneurship program and strives to offer entrepreneurship research relevant to both educators and economic developers.|