Posted: May 20, 2021

NERCRD Associate Director and Assistant Research Professor Jason Entsminger has been selected as a Fellow in the 2021-2022 cohort of the Northeastern Agricultural and Resource Economics Association (NAREA) Career Advancement and Mentorship (CAM) Program.

The CAM Program is designed to help early career scholars develop and enhance their professional networks. As a CAM Fellow, Entsminger will connect with 19 others through activities that support their networking goals and career objectives, and to organize a panel at the NAREA annual meeting in 2022. Fellow cohort members represent 14 higher education institutions from eight Northeast states, plus California.

“I’m looking forward to engaging with other early career economists in the region, getting to learn about the research, teaching, and outreach they are doing across the Northeast, and to build connections through them with the institutions where they work.” Entsminger said. “For me, this is a great opportunity to collaborate with other economists working in and for our region, and to learn from both peers and established colleagues.”

In the first year of the program, Entsminger will also receive one-on-one mentoring from Kshama Harpanker, associate professor of economics at Lebanon Valley College. Together they will create a professional advancement plan for Entsminger to implement throughout the course of his fellowship.

“I am very pleased that Jason was selected as a Fellow, in a year when the selection process was especially competitive,” said Stephan Goetz, NERCRD Director. “For many years, NAREA has been an important partner for the Center, and it will continue to be in the future.”

Entsminger joined NERCRD and Penn State’s Department of Agricultural Economics, Sociology, and Education in February 2021. He leads the Center’s outreach-oriented activities, primarily by fostering and strengthening the Center’s relationships with Northeast land grant universities and rural development partners, and by identifying and responding to opportunities for cross-state collaborations and sharing of programs. He also is contributing to the Center’s research program.

NAREA is “a thriving community of scholars dedicated to promoting the public good through applied economic research.” Members’ research includes “economic and policy analysis related to food, natural resources, the environment, energy, development, rural, regional and urban issues,” according to its website.