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Erin Hopkins, Associate Professor of Property Management

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Erin Hopkins, Associate Professor of Property Management

Department of Apparel, Housing, and Resource Management
113 Wallace Hall
295 West Campus Drive
Blacksburg, VA 24061
540-231-6282 |

Erin A. Hopkins, Ph.D., serves as an associate professor of property management in the College of Liberal Arts and Human Sciences at Virginia Tech, where she teaches courses in multifamily property management operations, environmental and sustainability issues in housing, and professional development.  She has been awarded Virginia Tech’s Teacher of the Week and has received recognition in Virginia Tech’s “Thank a Teacher” program multiple times.

Her research interests include green building, building lifecycle analysis, and contemplative practices in higher education.  She has been awarded the Kenneth Tremblay Early Career Housing Award and her research can be found in publications such as the Journal of Housing and the Built Environment and the International Journal of Sustainable Development & World Ecology.  She is also an Editor at the Journal of Green Building, on the Editorial Advisory Board for the International Journal of Sustainability in Higher Education, and currently serves as a member on IREM’s Sustainability Advisory Board.

  • Green Building
  • Ecological Sustainability Initiatives
  • Building Lifecycle Analysis
  • Multifamily Housing
  • Contemplative Practices in Higher Education
  • PhD in Higher Educational Leadership, Management and Policy, Seton Hall University, 2014.
  • MRED in Real Estate Development, University of Southern California, 2004.
  • BBA in Accounting and Finance, James Madison University, 2000.
  • Virginia Tech Energy and Sustainability Appointed Committee Member (2018-2021)
  • Institute of Real Estate Management (IREM) Sustainability Advisory Board Appointed Member
  • Board of Directors Appointed Member: Housing Education and Research Association
  • Undergraduate Alumni Advising Award nominee – Student nominated (2018)
  • Kenneth Tremblay Early Career Housing Award, Housing Education and Research Association (2018)
  • Virginia Tech Excellence in Access and Inclusion Award – Student nominated (2018)
  • Virginia Tech “Thank a Teacher” recognition – Student nominated (Fall 2016, Spring 2016)
  • Virginia Tech Panhellenic Council Teacher Appreciation Recognition - Student nominated through survey conducted by Virginia Tech Greek Community (2016)
  • Best Manuscript Award in Property/Asset Management, American Real Estate Society (2016)
  • Virginia Tech Sporn Teaching Award for Excellence in Teaching Introductory Subjects Finalist - #3 out of over 200 faculty members nominated by students (2016)
  • Willis and Mary Blackwood Junior Faculty Fellowship (2015-Present)
  • Virginia Tech Teacher of the Week (2015)

Journal Articles

Hopkins, E.A. Communicating Sustainability Initiatives Virtually – Taking Stock of the Apartment Property Management Industry. (In Press). Property Management.

Hopkins, E.A. (2019). Are multi-family LEED-certified buildings biased towards high income areas? An analysis based on the theory of innovation diffusion. International Journal of Technology Management & Sustainable Development, 18(1), 3-16.

Hopkins, E.A. (2019). Building Lifecycle Sustainability Analysis. In: W. Leal Filho, A. Azul, L. Brandli, P. Özuyar, T. Wall (Eds.) Sustainable Cities and Communities. Encyclopedia of the UN Sustainable Development Goals. (pp. 1-9). Cham, Switzerland: Springer.

Hopkins, E.A., Parrott, K.R, & Beamish, J.O. (2018). Sustainable Multifamily Kitchen Design: A Student Elicitation Approach. Journal of Green Building, 13(2), 55-66.

Hopkins, E. A. (2018). The influence of public transportation on housing values. International Journal of Sustainable Development & World Ecology, 25(3), 206-215.

Read, D.C., Goss, R.C., & Hopkins, E. (2017). Business development and client prospecting in the third-party apartment management industry. International Journal of Strategic Property Management, 21(4), 346-356.

Hopkins, E.A. (2017). John Dewey and Progressive Education. Journal of Educational Thought, 50(1), 59-68.

Hopkins, E.A., Read, D.C, & Goss, R.C. (2017). Promoting Sustainability in the United States Multifamily Property Management Industry. Journal of Housing and the Built Environment, 32(2), 361-376.

Hopkins, E.A. (2017). The Importance of Incentives and Grants for Green Buildings. In   W. Leal Filho, U.M. Azeiteiro, F. Alves, & P. Molthan-Hill (Eds.), Handbook of Theory and Practice of Sustainable Development in Higher Education – Volume 4 (pp. 429-439). New York, NY: Springer.

Hopkins, E.A. (2016). The Impact of Community Associations on Residential Property Values. Housing and Society, 43(3), 157-167.

Hopkins, E. A. (2016). Barriers to adoption of campus green building policies. Smart and Sustainable Built Environment5(4), 340-351.

Hopkins, E.A. (2016). Incorporating Sustainable Features into Historic Renovation Projects: A Case Study of Roanoke’s Center in the Square. Journal of Real Estate Practice and Education, 19(2), 175-190.

Read, D.C., Hopkins, E.A., & Goss, R.C. (2016). Working Effectively with Asset Managers and Institutional Groups. Property Management, 34(4): 280-296.

Hopkins, E.A. (2016). Program Efficiency Analysis within the Environmental Landscape. Environment Systems & Decisions, 36(2), 209-216.

Hopkins, E.A. (2016). An Exploration of Green Building Costs and Benefits: Searching for the Higher Ed Context, Journal of Real Estate Literature, 24(1), 67-84.

Hopkins, E.A. (2015). LEED certification of campus buildings: A cost-benefit analysis. Journal of Sustainable Real Estate, 7(1), 99-111.

  • Hopkins, E.A. (principal investigator), 2019. $15,000 - Downtown Roanoke Housing Study and Needs Assessment. Funded by Downtown Roanoke, Inc.
  • Hopkins, E.A. (principal investigator), 2018. $10,000 – Financial Impacts of Green Certifications on Multifamily Communities. Funded by The Institute of Real Estate Management.
  • Hopkins, E.A. (principal investigator), 2016. $7,500 – The Influence of Public Transportation on Housing Values - A Hedonic Estimation. Funded by The Appraisers Research Foundation.
  • Hopkins, E.A. (principal investigator), 2015. $7,500 – The Impact of Community Associations on Residential Property Values. Funded by Foundation for Community Association Research
  • Hopkins, E.A. & Feist, T. (2019, January). Multifamily: The Energizer Bunny Sector. America’s Commercial Real Estate Show.
  • Hopkins, E.A. (2018, August). Business Case 2.0: New Research Around High Performing Buildings. Better Buildings Summit, Cleveland, OH.
  • Hopkins, E.A. (2018, September). Does Green Pay for Multifamily Communities? Insights from IREM Research. IREM Global Summit, Fort Lauderdale, FL.
  • Applied Real Estate Development 
  • Contemporary Issues in Property Management 
  • Developing and Managing Affordable and Specialized Housing
  • Environmental and Sustainability Issues in Housing 
  • Managing and Leasing Commercial Properties 
  • Multifamily Property Management and Operations 
  • Professional Development in Real Estate 
  • Property Management Field Study 
  • Undergraduate Research

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