Elaine M. Worzala, Ph.D., CRE

Director of the Carter Real Estate Center, College of Charleston

Dr. Elaine Worzala, CRE, FRICS is the Director of the Carter Real Estate Center at the College of Charleston. She got all three of her degrees (doctorate, masters and undergraduate) from the University of Wisconsin-Madison.   She is an active member of several academic associations as well as professional organizations including research projects she has completed for RICS, ICSC, PREA and NAR. She believes strongly in bringing relevancy to her classroom from her research projects.  She has published articles in many of the mainstream real estate academic journals as well as industry-based publications and other media.  Her research interests are applied and lie primarily in institutional real estate investment, valuation and real estate education.  Additionally, many of her studies take on an international perspective as she works to open up the borders as they relate to real estate markets.  Primary teaching interests include real estate valuation, investments, and feasibility analysis as well as the introductory real estate process course and international real estate investment.  She has held academic appointments at Colorado State University, University of Connecticut, University of San Diego, Johns Hopkins University, Clemson University, San Diego State University and the College of Charleston.

Dr. Worzala has received numerous awards including the American Real Estate Society (ARES) Grasskamp Award, the ARES Education Award, the ARES Distinguished Service Award, the Pennell Center was awarded CREW Upstate’s Outstanding Leadership Organization Award and she was part of the CRE team from the Carolina’s that won the Chair’s Award presented by the Counselors of Real Estate.   From the International Real Estate Society she was awarded the Achievement Award and the Bert Kruijt Service Award for outstanding service to IRES.  She is a Fellow in the Weimer School, a member of Lambda Alpha International, a Fellow of the Royal Institute of Chartered Surveyors, and designated as a Counselor of Real Estate.  She is the director of the doctoral program for the James Webb American Real Estate Society Foundation.  She is also currently serving on the Advisory Board of the Real Estate Research Institute (she was on the national Board), the national board of the Counselors of Real Estate and the Southeastern board of the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors.  She was past Chair of the Counselors in the Classroom program as part of her service on the Education Committee for the Counselors of Real Estate and she is on the advisory board of the Real Estate Capital Institute.   Locally, Dr. Worzala is working with the Commercial Investment Division of the Charleston Trident Realtors Association, the Urban Plan program for the ULI-SC Low Country region, on the steering committee for the IMPACT DAY at the College of Charleston as well as with CREW Charleston.