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Godfrey A. Gibbison

Dean, and Associates Professor of Economics, School of Professional Studies

Godfrey Gibbison

Office Address
North Campus
3800 Paramount Drive
North Charleston, SC 29405

Phone: 843.953.6684

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Godfrey Gibbison is an associate professor of economics and dean of the School of Professional Studies at the College of Charleston. He earned a Ph.D. in economics in 1998 from Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University, his M.S. in agricultural economics at Iowa State University in 1995 and his B.S. in economics at the University of the West Indies in 1992. He taught as a visiting assistant professor at Centre College (Ky.) between 1999 and 2000, and was a lecturer in economics at the University of the West Indies between 2000 and 2002. Prior to joining the College, he was the director of the School of Economic Development at Georgia Southern University, where he served on the faculty from 2002 to 2012.

At Georgia Southern, he coordinated assurance of learning activity in the College of Business Administration, creating a multi-level, multi-year sustainable assessment program. He also launched the online M.S. in applied economics and directed that program for three years, leading it to a robust enrollment and a strong record of student success.

Gibbison has been a consultant with the World Bank on the impact of crime on economic development in Jamaica. He also consulted with the Inter-American Development Bank and the Government of Jamaica on issues of poverty alleviation and the economic wellbeing of children, which resulted in the establishment of a comprehensive social security program in Jamaica aimed at households that are severely impoverished. This work also includes developing criteria for identifying poor women and children for social security benefits in order to enhance participation in health care, education for children and pre- and post-natal care for mothers and children.

His research work focuses on household decision making in less developing countries. In particular, he focuses on factors that affect the welfare of children. He also conducts research on health behavior and interactions between the economy and the environment. His research has appeared in Health Economics, Policy and Law, Journal of World Health and Population, Population Research and Policy Review and Water and Environment Journal.

Gibbison is the coauthor of the Crime and Development: The Jamaican Experience.


1998: Ph.D. in Economics, Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University
1995: M.S. in Agricultural Economics, Iowa State University
1992: B.S. in Economics, University of the West Indies

Career Highlights

2012–Present: Dean, School of Professional Studies and Associate Professor of Economics, College of Charleston
2009–2012: Director, School of Economic Development, Georgia Southern University
2007–2012: Associate Professor, School of Economic Development, Georgia Southern University
2007–2009: Assurance of Learning Coordinator, College of Business Administration, Georgia Southern University
2002–2007: Assistant Professor, School of Economic Development, Georgia Southern University
2000–2002: Lecturer, Department of Economics, University of the West Indies
1999–2000: Visiting Assistant Professor, Centre College
1999: Instructor, Department of Economics, Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University
1992–1993: Lecturer and Supervisor, Evening and Part-time Programs, Commerce Department, University of Technology, Jamaica

Honors and Achievements

2008: Georgia Southern University Award of Excellence for Contribution to Instruction
2005: W.A. and Emma Lou Crider Faculty Award for Excellence in Teaching, Georgia Southern University
2004: Charles R. Gibbs Faculty Award of Excellence, Georgia Southern University
1993: Fulbright Scholarship