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The graduate program in Personal Financial Planning at Texas Tech University is the largest of its kind in the nation.  For details visit www.depts.ttu.edu/pfp/  

The Graduate Certificate in Charitable Financial Planning is the first graduate program in the nation from a research university to focus specifically on planned giving and charitable financial planning.  To co-ordinate faculty and student efforts in the area of charitable financial planning, Russell James, J.D., Ph.D., CFP®, serves as the Director of Graduate Studies in Charitable Planning 

Dr. James brings a unique variety of perspectives to the study of charitable giving and charitable planning. He graduated, cum laude, from the University of Missouri School of Law where he was a member of the Missouri Law Review. While in law school he received the United Missouri Bank Award for Most Outstanding Work in Gift and Estate Taxation and Planning and the American Jurisprudence Award for Most Outstanding Work in Federal Income Taxation. After graduation, he worked as the Director of Planned Giving for Central Christian College, Moberly, Missouri for six years and also built a successful law practice limited to estate and gift planning. He later served as president of the college for more than five years, where he had direct and supervisory responsibility for all fundraising. During his presidency, the college successfully completed two major capital campaigns and built several new debt-free buildings including a new library building, residence hall, library extension, bookstore, maintenance facility, and athletic fields, along with major renovations of existing classrooms, offices, and residence halls. Dr. James received his Ph.D. in Consumer & Family Economics from the University of Missouri where his dissertation was on charitable giving. In 2006, Dr. James joined the faculty of the University of Georgia. In 2010, Dr. James joined the Division of Personal Financial Planning at Texas Tech University as an Associate Professor and Director of Graduate Studies in Charitable Planning.

Dr. James has over 100 publications in print or in press in academic journals, conference proceedings, professional periodicals, and books.  He writes regularly for Advancing Philanthropy, the magazine of the Association of Fundraising Professionals.

His research is in print or in press at academic journals including:  
      American Review of Public Administration
      American Journal of Economics & Sociology
      Applied Economics
      Applied Economics Letters
      Educational Gerontology
      Environment & Behavior 
      Financial Counseling & Planning
      Financial Services Review
      Forum for Family & Consumer Issues
      Housing & Society 
      Housing Policy Debate 
      Housing, Theory, and Society
      International Journal of Consumer Studies
      International Journal of Educational Advancement
      Int’l J. of Nonprofit and Voluntary Sector Marketing
      Journal of the Community Development Society
      Journal of Consumer Affairs
      Journal of Consumer Education
      Journal of Urban Planning & Development
      Journal of Performance of Constructed Facilities 
      Journal of Personal Finance
      Migration Letters
      Missouri Environmental Law & Policy Review
      Nonprofit & Voluntary Sector Quarterly
      Review of Religious Research
      Social Indicators Research
Dr. James has presented his research in the U.S. and across the world including as an invited speaker at:
     Trinity College Dublin - Centre for Nonprofit Management (Dublin, Ireland) 
     Cass Business School - Centre for Charitable Giving & Philanthropy (City of London, England)
     Vrije Universiteit - Dept. of Philanthropic Studies (Amsterdam, The Netherlands)
     Giving Korea - The tenth international symposium on giving culture (Seoul, South Korea)
     Heriot-Watt University - (Edinburgh, Scotland)
     Universitat Rovira i Virgili - Dept. of Law (Tarragona, Spain)
     Zittau/Görlitz University of Applied Sciences - (Zittau, Germany)
     Georgia State University - Nonprofit Studies Program (Atlanta, Georgia)
     Indiana University - Center on Philanthropy (Indianapolis, Indiana)
     and at academic conferences in Rotterdam, Dublin, Prague, York, Edinburgh, and across the U.S.

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