Donna McCallister has been named an assistant professor with Texas Tech University's Department of Agricultural and Applied Economics. The Lamesa, Texas, native indicated that her research program broadly focuses on contributing toward the development of multidisciplinary methods to maintain the profitability of agricultural production and economic viability of rural communities in the Southern High Plains.
One of her primary goals is to help growers identify new market opportunities under climate uncertainty. Her agribusiness research interests include contract design for risk-sharing in sustainable systems and grower/retailer partnerships to create reliable, consistent supply chains. Among the quantitative research tools she uses are simulation, optimization, meta-analysis and econometric modeling techniques. McCallister's bachelor's degree in agricultural and applied economics is from Texas Tech, and her master's degree in agricultural economics is from Texas A&M University. Her doctorate in agricultural and applied economics is from Texas Tech.