About Me

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.

I co-developed and direct Penn State's new Scholarship, Sustainability and Civic Engagement Program (SSCEP), which is a three-semester immersive community engagement program for undergraduate students. Our partner communities in 2016 include Huntingdon, Lock Haven, McKees Rocks, New Castle, and Philadelphia.

Current/Upcoming Courses

  • CED 404: Community, Environment & Development Research Methods (aka Survey Research Methods) (fall semesters)
  • CED 430: Principles of Community Economic Development (spring semesters)
  • CED 475: CED Integrated Capstone Experience (fall, spring semesters)
  • CED 497B: Professional Practice of Community, Environment and Development (spring semesters) This is the introductory course for the SSCEP program.

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.

“Distinguished State Service Award.” National Association of Community Development Extension Professionals. 2012.

“Gamma Sigma Delta National Ag Honor Society Extension Faculty Award.” 2011.

Recent Selected Publications

Anne Gadomski, Marybeth Vargha, Nancy Tallman, Melissa B. Scribani, Timothy W. Kelsey. Impact of Preparing for OSHA Local Emphasis Program Inspections of New York Dairy Farms: Case Studies and Financial Cost Analysis. American Journal of Industrial Medicine. November. DOI: 10.1002/ajim.22546. 2015.

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.

Kirsten Hardy & Timothy W. Kelsey. Local income related to Marcellus shale activity in Pennsylvania, Community Development, DOI: 10.1080/15575330.2015.1059351. 2015.

Mount, D., Kelsey, T., & Brasier, K. The impact of Marcellus Shale development on hotel revenues in Pennsylvania. ICHRIE Penn State Research Report 2014-1. 2014.

Kelsey, Timothy W. Unconventional Oil and Gas Development: Challenges and Opportunities for Local Governments. Choices. 29(4): 1-5. 2014.


Ph.D., Agricultural Economics, Michigan State University, 1989