Timothy Kelsey, Ph.D.

Timothy Kelsey, Ph.D.

  • Associate Head, Department of Agricultural Economics, Sociology, and Education
  • Professor of Agricultural Economics
  • Community, Environment, and Development Program Coordinator
105-A Armsby
University Park, PA 16802


  • M.S., Agricultural Economics, Michigan State University, 1987
  • Ph.D., Agricultural Economics, Michigan State University, 1989

Research Interests

I conduct applied research on a variety of economic development issues in Pennsylvania, including fiscal impacts of land use change, and the community and economic impacts of Marcellus Shale development.  In addition, I continue my long run research interest in the economics of agricultural safety and health.

Outreach/Engaged Scholarship Interests

I have a deep interest in applied research on topics of strong public interest, such as the economic and community impacts of natural gas development; the fiscal impacts of land use change; local tax reform; and a variety of community process skills, such as facilitation, strategic planning, and leadership.  I often hire undergraduate students to help me with my applied research, and strive to provide students real world experiences in the courses I teach.

Current/Upcoming Courses

  • CED 275: Community, Environment & Development Professional Seminar (fall semesters)
  • CED 404:  Community, Environment & Development Research Methods (aka Survey Research Methods) (fall, spring semesters)
  • CED 430: Principles of Community Economic Development (spring semesters)
  • CED 475:  CED Integrated Capstone Experience (fall, spring semesters)

My teaching philosophy

Recent Awards

"The George W. Atherton Award for Excellence in Teaching."  Penn State University. 2016.  This University-level award recognizes faculty for their excellence in teaching at the undergraduate level.

"Agricultural and Resource Economics Review Best Paper Award." 2016. for Wrenn, Douglas H., Timothy W. Kelsey, and Edward C. Jaenicke.  “Local and Non-Local Employment Impacts Associated with Marcellus Shale Development in Pennsylvania."  Agricultural and Resource Economics Review. 44(2): 1-19. 2015.

"Faculty Outreach Award."  Penn State University.  2013. This University-level award recognizes faculty who make significant contributions to engaged scholarship through outreach, by extending their scholarship to external constituents and resulting in a significant outcome for individuals, organizations, or communities in problem solving or development.

Recent Selected Publications

Berger, Aaron, Timothy W. Kelsey, Stephan J. Goetz, Robert C. Goodling, Jr, and Virginia A. Ishler. “The Financial Impact of Penn State Extension's 'Know Your Numbers' Dairy Program. Journal of Extension. Forthcoming, 2018.

Haggerty, Julia, Kristin K. Smith, Jason Weigle, Timothy W. Kelsey, Kathryn Walsh, Roger Coupal, David L. Kay, Paul Lachapelle. 'Tradeoffs, Balancing, and Adaptation in the Agriculture-Oil and Gas Nexus: Insights form Farmers and Ranchers in the United States.' Energy Research & Social Science. 47 (January, 2018): 84-92

Hoy, Kyle, Irene M. Xiarchos, Timothy W. Kelsey, Kathy Brasier, and Leland Glenna. 2018. “Farming and Marcellus Shale Gas Development." Agricultural and Resource Economics Review. Vol. 47:3 (December, 2018). pp. 634-664.

Jacquet, Jeffrey B. Anne N. Junod, Dylan Bugden, Grace Wildermuth, Joshua T. Fergen, Kathryn Brasier, Kai Schafft, Leland L. Glenna, Timothy W. Kelsey, Joshua Fershee, Paige Hagley, Richard C. Stedman, and David L. Kay. “A decade of Marcellus Shale: impacts to people, policy, and culture from 2007 to 2017 in the Greater Mid-Atlantic region of the United States"  Extractive Industries and Society. 5:4. (November, 2018): 596-609. .

Lachapelle, Paul, Kristin Smith, Julia Haggerty, Timothy W. Kelsey. “A National Extension Oil and Gas Network." Journal of Extension. Forthcoming 2018.

Melvin Myers, Timothy Kelsey, Pam Tinc, Julie Sorensen, Paul Jenkins, “Rollover Protective Structures, Worker Safety, and Cost-Effectiveness: New York, 2011–2017", American Journal of Public Health 108, no. 11 (November 1, 2018):1517-1522.

Suchyta M, & Kelsey, T. W. (2018). Employment and compensation in the Marcellus Shale gas boom: What stays local?. The Journal of Rural and Community Development, 13(4), 86-105.