Bichaka Fayissa holds a Ph. D and MA in Economics, MS in Agricultural Economics from the University of Tennessee, Knoxville, and Bachelor of Science from Addis Ababa University, Ethiopia. He has been Professor of Economics from 1990 to the present, Associate Professor from 1986-1990, and Assistant Professor from 1980 to 1985, all at Middle Tennessee State University.
Currently, he is President of the African Finance & Economics Association. Previously, he has served the Academy of Economics & Finance (AEF) as President in (2004-2005), President-Elect (2003-2004), Vice President (2002-2003), and Board Member from 1996-2001. He is a member of AFEA, NEA, AEA, MEA, ASA, and AEF.
Bichaka’s research focuses on Economic Growth & Development Policies of African Economies. His articles have appeared in various journals including: World Development, Journal Development Studies, Journal International Development, Review of World Economics, Applied Economics, Quarterly Review of Economics & Finance, The American Economist, Review Black Political Economy, Journal of Developing Areas, Geographical Analysis, Journal of Economics and Finance, and Tourism Economics.
He is the recipient of the Outstanding Faculty Research Award, Outstanding Public Service Award from Middle Tennessee State University and Service Fellow Award from the Academy of Economics & Finance. In his spare time, he enjoys playing Tennis and reading books.