Dr. Fulton is Professor and Associate Department Head in Agricultural Economics at Purdue. She has a three-way appointment with responsibilities in teaching, research and Extension. Fulton is active in the broader Purdue community. She was Chair of the University Senate during the 2010-2011 academic year. She has been one of the senior faculty resources for Purdue’s FAST mentoring program since its inception and is a regular table facilitator for the ADVANCE hiring workshops. Fulton was selected by the Provost’s office as one of five faculty to be a Fellow in the 2015-2016 CIC Academic Leadership Program.
Dr. Fulton’s research and Extension program focuses on problems related to marketing and business structure both in the United States and internationally. She has examined the soybean value chain with specific emphasis on the cost of identity preservation of specialty soybeans. She develops and delivers programming for small businesses in Indiana and beyond. In West Africa she has explored the importance of alternative extension programming for technology transfer and adoption of improved technologies. She is currently examining the factors that contribute to successful entrepreneurship for women selling street food in West Africa and other developing countries. She teaches a senior level undergraduate price analysis course as well as the advanced quantitative methods course in the MS/MBA program.
Dr. Joan Fulton joined the Purdue Agricultural Economics faculty in July 1997. She completed her Ph.D. work at the University of Minnesota where she explored the impact of centralized versus decentralized decision-making authority in grain marketing cooperatives. She previously held assistant professor positions at the University of Alberta and Colorado State University.