Charles Tu

Charles Tu
Phone: (619) 260-5942
Office: Alcala Park West - Coronado 227

Daniel F. Mulvihill Professor of Commercial Real Estate; Chair, Real Estate Department; and Academic Director, Master of Science in Real Estate Program

  • PhD, The George Washington University, Finance and Investments
  • MBA, The George Washington University, Finance and Investments
  • BS, National Chao-Tung University, Mechanical Engineering

In July 2020, Charles Tu was named chair of the new Real Estate Department at the University of San Diego School of Business. He is the Daniel F. Mulvihill Professor of Commercial Real Estate. Dr. Tu served as interim associate dean for graduate programs in Fall 2019.

Before coming to USD, he taught real estate and finance courses at George Washington University and Cal State Fullerton, where he received the Outstanding Teacher/Scholar Award in 2002. Tu is dedicated to conducting applied research that helps improve real estate and business decision-making. His research agenda covers a variety of topics, including housing valuation, smart growth and the new urbanism, commercial mortgage-backed securities (CMBS), real estate investment trusts (REITs), multifamily housing and retail shopping centers.

Tu has published articles in leading academic journals, and the findings of his research have been cited in major newspapers such as The Wall Street Journal, Washington Post and Atlanta Journal-Constitution. He also received the Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA) designation in 2000. 

Selected Publications

  • Tu, C. (2012) Financial Literacy 101, Department of Real Estate, State of California.
  • Tu, C., Eppli, M. (2018) Commercial Real Estate Investment in a Portfolio of Risky Assets, Routledge.
  • Tu, C., Eppli, M. (2004) Real Estate Markets in the United States, International Real Estate: An Institutional Approach/ Blackwell Publishing .
  • Tu, C., Worzala, E., Benedict, R., Matthews, A. (2013) A Graduate Real Estate Program Survey: Careers and Compensation, Journal of Real Estate Practice and Education.
  • Tu, C., Worzala, E. (2010) An International Perception of the Quality of Real Estate Research Publication Outlets, Journal of Real Estate Literature, 18(1), 21-39.
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