Welcome from the Chair
Dear Students (current and future), Alumni, Family, and Friends,
Welcome to the Department of Economics at Texas Tech University where “From here, it's Possible”. It is a great honor for me to serve as the interim chair of this wonderful department. This year marks my 27th year as a faculty in the department and my 32nd year as a member of this West Texan community that is filled with extraordinary, kind, gritty, and passionate people—a community that I call home. I am not only a faculty member at TTU, but I am also an alumnus, married to a faculty member who is a TTU alumna, and have two children who graduated from TTU and are, forever, proud Red Raiders!
Our department provides a high quality education at all levels, with undergraduate major and minor degree programs as well as graduate study for the Master's and Ph.D. degrees, all offered by faculty of outstanding reputation. They have published their work in top peer-reviewed journals and presented their research in domestic and international conferences. Our graduate students have been doing a fantastic job at their current positions. You should read about some of them and their achievements in the section entitled “Following Their Journeys” on our main website page.
Our department is committed to enhancing diversity, equity, and inclusion among students who choose to study economics. Sadly though, the historical lack of diversity in economics education in general is well documented, with females and underrepresented racial and ethnic minority groups at disproportionately lower rates relative to overall population and to other academic disciplines. In our department during the past two academic years, 42% of our graduate students and 22% of our undergraduate students were females. Racial and ethnic minorities accounted for 35% of total economics majors during the same period. We are at, or in some cases better than national averages, but that is not enough for us. We will work even harder to build a more inclusive and a more diverse department.
We truly believe that Texas Tech is located in a region that for students, it makes a great deal of sense to study economics. Sure, Lubbock looks like it is a faraway place when looking at a map, but within a 100-mile radius from the city and the TTU campus lies major economic engines that power economic activities in the region, Texas, and in the country. The agricultural, oil and gas, renewable energy (especially wind energy), advanced technology, healthcare, financial, and the educational sectors are all thriving industries that not only contribute significantly to people's wellbeing but are also major employers of TTU's graduates.
If you're ever on campus, come to Holden Hall and visit with me. My office is always open, and we have a wonderful staff who will welcome you and help you with anything you need.
Rashid B. Al-Hmoud, Ph.D. July, 2022