Dr. Craig A. Depken, II joined the Belk College of Business in August 2007. Previous to coming to UNC Charlotte, he was an associate professor of economics at the University of Texas at Arlington. Dr. Depken has taught a wide variety of applied economics courses, including econometrics, international economics and industrial organization. He has a national reputation in the area of sports economics and has widely published in other areas including the economics of advertising, applied public choice, and local and regional economic development. In November 2006, he joined the Coweeta Long Term Ecological Research Project, funded by the National Science Foundation, to contribute original research in how local development and public policy impacts ecosystem services. He currently serves as coordinator for the M.S. in Economics program in the Belk College.