Dr. John C. Whitehead is department chair and professor in the Department of Economics at Appalachian State University. He received his BA in economics from Centre College and PhD in economics from the University of Kentucky. His teaching includes undergraduate and graduate courses in environmental and natural resource economics, benefit-cost analysis, microeconomics and business statistics. Dr. Whitehead’s research includes nonmarket valuation, primarily in the context of recreation and water quality. His research employs stated preference methods alone and in combination with revealed preference methods. He has published over 100 peer reviewed articles and book chapters and co-edited two books. He is an associate editor at Marine Resource Economics and was an associate editor at the Journal of Environmental Management for 4 years. He is currently on the editorial council of the Journal of the Association of Environmental and Resource Economists. He is a member of the Socioeconomic Panel (SEP) of the Statistics and Scientific Committee (SSC) of South Atlantic Fishery Management Council. He recently completed five years as chair of the SEP and 11 years as a member of the SSC. He has served on review panels for the USEPA, NSF and Sea Grant. Previously he served on the Board of Directors of the Association of Environmental and Resources Economists and as president of the Socioeconomics Section of the American Fisheries Society. He is a member of the American Economic Association, Association of Environmental and Resource Economists, North American Association of Fisheries Economists and the Southern Economic Association. He was presented with the 2007 Research Award from the Walker College of Business and the 2008 Distinguished Economist Award by the Kentucky Economic Association. Perhaps most importantly, he was elected the 2008 "Player with the Best Attitude" in the Noon-Time Faculty-Staff Basketball Game.