Alyson Craig joined the Belk College of Business in 2014 as the Director for the Master of Science in Real Estate program. She also teaches several courses within the graduate real estate program, including Real Estate Development, Site Planning, International Real Estate Study Tour, and the Real Estate Capstone course. Prior to joining the faculty, Craig worked for Grubb Properties’ investment team as a development and acquisition associate to identify and analyze potential office, multi-family, and mixed use deals. Before moving to Charlotte in 2011, she was Vice President of a planning and engineering firm in Florida working with clients on development agreements, rezonings, and annexations for large multi-use land development projects.
What was your interest in joining UNC Charlotte and the Belk College of Business?
As a graduate from the inaugural class of UNC Charlotte MSRE students, I hold both in-depth knowledge of the program and am deeply vested in its success. I cannot imagine a more rewarding way to grow this program than to serve as its director and to be directly involving in both teaching and curriculum development.
What kind of classes do you teach?
I teach Site Planning, Real Estate Development, Real Estate Seminar, International Real Estate Study Tour and the Real Estate Capstone courses.
What is your focus at the moment?
My current focus is on my program director responsibilities and growing our graduate real estate program. As a lecturer coming to the University with a strong industry background, I would be interested in participating in applied research work addressing current issues important to real estate practitioners and public officials.
How do you work with Charlotte groups/businesses/leaders?
In addition to my teaching and program director responsibilities, I am also actively involved in our Childress Klein Center for Real Estate, which has been part of our University since 2005. The Center was established to further the knowledge of real estate, public policy and urban economics in the professional community through its teaching, research and community outreach activities. In less than a decade, it has become recognized as one of the 20 most productive real estate research institutions in the world. An advisory board of Charlotte real estate leaders provides guidance to the Center related to our MSRE program, faculty research and partnerships within the community. I am also an active member of numerous national trade organizations with a strong presence in Charlotte, serving on the advisory boards for ULI Charlotte, Commercial Real Estate Development Association (NAIOP), Piedmont Public Policy Institute (PPPI), and CoreNet and serve on committees for CREW Charlotte and CRCBR.