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Community Development and Applied Economics at the University of Vermont

Community Development and Applied Economics

Chyi-Lyi (Kathleen) Liang

kathleen liang

Chyi-Lyi (Kathleen) Liang, PhD Professor

  • PhD 1996 Purdue University
  • MS 1991 Purdue University
  • BS 1987 National Taiwan University
Areas of Expertise:

community and social entrepreneurship, econometrics,
environmental economics, tourism

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Contact Information
Office: 103C Morrill Hall
Phone: 802.656.0754
Email: Chyi-Lyi.Liang@uvm.edu
















Dr. Liang has designed, developed, and implemented innovative, award-winning courses in entrepreneurship taught within CDAE since 1998. Her research, teaching, and outreach focus on many perspectives of entrepreneurship and its interactions with people, communities, and organizations. Her learning-in-the-now approach to teaching and dynamic interactions with students push them from the classroom into real life applications of entrepreneurship as actual entrepreneurs. Her projects of multifunctional agriculture and regional food networks also expand the boundaries of understanding innovative and entrepreneurial agricultural operations and management.

Courses Taught

CDAE 166: Introduction to Community Entrepreneurship
CDAE 267: Strategic Planning for Community Entrepreneurs
CDAE 295: Data Management and Analysis in EXCEL

Honors and Awards

  • 2014 Best Practices Award - Dollar Enterprise, National Small Business Institute.
  • Outstanding Paper Award, Association for Small Business and Entrepreneurship (2012, 2010, 2009, 2008, 2007) *Double blind review competitive process, review panel is composed of researchers and the Editorial Board members of the Journal of Small Business and Entrepreneurship.
  • Outstanding Research Award, Academy of Entrepreneurship, Allied Academies (2009, 2008, 2007) *Double blind review competitive process, review panel is composed of researchers and the Editorial Board members of the Academy of Entrepreneurship Journal.
  • 2001-2013 (13 years in a row) Best Teacher of the Year Who Has the Most Positive Impact on Students, presented annually by the graduating class, University of Vermont. (Voted by graduating seniors and student organizations.)
  • 2011 Kroepsch-Maurice Excellence in Teaching Award
  • This University-level Award recognizes faculty, in each of the academic ranks, who have demonstrated excellence in classroom teaching, ability to motivate and challenge students, and the capacity to engage students in the pursuit of knowledge and understanding.

  • Outstanding Paper Award, Association for Small Business and Entrepreneurship (2010, 2009, 2008, 2007)
  • Outstanding Research Award, Academy of Entrepreneurship, Allied Academies (2009, 2008, 2007)
  • Who's Who in America Honor
  • Manchester Who's Who Honor Society
  • 2011 Best Teacher of the Year Who Has the Most Positive Impact on Students, presented by the class of 2011, University of Vermont.  (Voted by graduating seniors and student organizations.)
  • 2009 Outstanding Research Award, P. Dunn and C. Liang. "Are we on the same pages on financials? Comparing perspectives between entrepreneurship/small business professors and finance professors. Allied Academy.
  • 2008 Outstanding Paper Award, C. Liang and P. Dunn. Optimism and Realism- In Business Entrepreneurs and Pre-Business Entrepreneurs, Association for Small Business and Entrepreneurship Conference Best Paper Competition.
  • 2008 Outstanding Research Award. C. Liang and P. Dunn. Are entrepreneurs optimistic, relistic, both or fuzzy? The relationship between entrepreneurial traits and entrepreneurial learning. Academy of Entrepreneurship, Allied Academies.
  • 2007 Outstanding Paper Award. C. Liang and P. Dunn. Myths of optimism and realism in entrepreneurship related to expectations and outcomes. Association for Small Business and Entrepreneurship Conference Best Paper Competition.
  • 2007 Research Award. Allied Academy of Entrepreneurship. C. Liang and P. Dunn. Trigger of new venture creation: a comparison between pre-business and in-business entrepreneurs.
  • USASBE Entrepreneurship Case Competition Award, Dollar Enterprise - A small step to success. Presented by the United States Association of Small Business and Entrepreneurship, 2007.
  • National 3-E Learning Award. The Most Creative and Innovative Entrepreneurship Padagogy. Dollar Enterprise. Presented by Delta Epsilon Chi, Inc. and George Washington University with support from the Kauffman Foundation, 2006.
  • 2003 Runner Up for Best Paper Award, Federation of Business Disciplines/ Association for Small Business and Entrepreneurship
  • 2003 Finalist for Outstanding Teaching Award, US Association for Small Business and Entrepreneurship
  • 2001-2004 Coleman Foundation Entrepreneurship Education Scholar
  • 2002 Outstanding Paper Award, Federation of Business Disciplines/ Association for Small Business and Entrepreneurship

Recent Research and Teaching Projects

  • Project Director and PIUnderstanding and Designing Long-Term Resilience in the US Food System: the Role of Entrepreneurship and Innovation in Supporting Regional Food Networks, USDA, National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA), Agriculture and Food Research Initiative (AFRI), Foundational Integrated Program - Entrepreneurship, $500,000, July 1, 2014 to June 30, 2017.

  • Co-PI, Sustaining and Enhancing Local Agriculture in Rural Areas: Assessing Key Producer and Consumer Issues in Northern New England, USDA, National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA), Agriculture and Food Research Initiative (AFRI), Foundational Integrated Program – Rural Development, $500,000, July 1, 2014 to June 30, 2017.

  • Co-PI, Examining Farm Labor Decisions on Long-term Profitability and Farm Enterprise Development, USDA, National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA), Agriculture and Food Research Initiative (AFRI), Foundational Integrated Program – Small and Medium Sized Farms, $500,000, July 1, 2014 to June 30, 2017.

  • Project Director and PI        Impacts of Multifunctional Operations on Long Term Sustainability and Prosperity of Small and Medium-Sized Farms and Rural Communities, USDA, National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA), Agriculture and Food Research Initiative (AFRI), Foundational Research Program, $472,669, July 1, 2011 to June 30, 2014.

  • Co-PI  Exploring and Examining Impacts of Agri-tainment Operations on the Long Term Sustainability and Prosperity of Farmers and Rural Communities in Hawaii, USDA Hatch Grant and Department of Agriculture in Hawaii, $25,000, July 1, 2014 to June 30, 2016.

  • PI Do Networks Improve the Effectiveness of Promotion for Vermont Wine Producers? USDA Competitive HATCH Grant, $45,000, October 1, 2011 to September 30, 2015.

  • PI Examining the Role of Regional Food Networks (RFNs) and Their Relationships to Long-Term Resilience in the US Food System through the Linkages of People, Place, and Prosperity, Northeastern Regional Association of State Agricultural Experiment Station (NERA) Planning Grant, $10,000, January 2013 to January 2014.

Recent Publications: Refereed Journal Articles

  • Brown, J., Goetz, S., Ahearn, A., & Liang, C. (2014). Linkages between Community Focused Agriculture, Farm Sales, and Regional Growth, Economic Development Quarterly. Available online http://edq.sagepub.com/content/early/2013/10/12/0891242413506610
  • Liang, C. & Dunn, P. (2014). Discovering heterogeneity of entrepreneurs–A comparison of food and non-food entrepreneurs, Academy of Entrepreneurship Journal. Vol. 20, No. 2, pp. 37-61.
  • Liang, C. & Dunn, P. (2013) “The Love of My Life” or “The Life I Love” – Investigating impacts of new venture creation on marriage. Journal of Business and Entrepreneurship. Vol. 5, pp. 95-114.
  • Thilmany, D., Conner, D., Curtis, K., Liang, K., Mulik, K., O’Hara, J., Sullins, M., & Woods, T. (2013). Researching market and supply-chain opportunities for local foods systems: Setting priorities and identifying linkages. Journal of Agriculture, Food Systems, and Community Development. Advance online publication. http://dx.doi.org/10.5304/jafscd.2013.034.018
  • Liang, C. & Dunn, P. (2012). Entrepreneurial learning and business assessment--What new decisions would be made after learning? Journal of Business and Entrepreneurship, Vol. 24, No. 1, pp. 105-122.
  • Liang, C. & Dunn, P. (2011). Satisfaction or Business Savvy – Examining the Outcome of New Venture Creation with Respect to Entrepreneurial Characteristics, Expectation, Optimism, Realism, and Pessimism, Academy of Entrepreneurship, Vol. 17, No. 2, pp 97-116
  • Dunn, P. & Liang, C. (2011). Finance Professors’ Reaction to Some Entrepreneurial and Small Business Financial Planning and Management Problem Issues, Small Business Institute Journal. Vol. 7 April 1, 2011, pp. 11-28.
  • Zvarova K, Ursiny M, Giebink T, Liang K, Blaivas JG, Zvara P: Recording urinary flow and lower urinary tract symptoms using sonouroflowmetry. Canadian Journal of Urology, June 2011; 18(3):5689-5694
  • Dunn, P. & Liang, C. (2011). A Comparison of Entrepreneurship/Small Business and Finance Professors’ Reaction to Selected Entrepreneurial and Small Business Financial Planning and Management Issues, Journal of Entrepreneurship Education, Vol. 14, pp. 93-106.

Professional Societies

International:
American Economic Association (AEA)
United States Association of Small Business and Entrepreneurship (USASBE)
Allied Academy, Academy of Entrepreneurship
Community Development Society (CDS)
National:
Agricultural and Applied Economics Association (AAEA)
National Association for Female Executives
Small Business Institute Association (SBI)
Association of Small Business and Entrepreneurship (ASBE)
Regional:
Northeast Resource and Agricultural Economics Association (NRAEA)
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