2009 Faculty Pioneers
Associate Professor of Business Administration
Darden School of Business, University of Virginia
Dr. Fairchild is an Associate Professor of Business Administration at the Darden School of Business, where he teaches strategic management, entrepreneurship, leadership and ethics in MBA and executive education courses. Fairchild has received several awards for teaching excellence, and has brought a specific focus on the intersection between business leadership and social change into the classroom. Fairchild's academic and practical research aims to answer the question of how firms create value in challenging economic settings, like rural and urban areas. Fairchild is currently working on a multi-year grant on the evolution and strategic models of the field of Community Development Finance funded by the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation. He is also working with the Ford Foundation's Project on Rural Equity to examine financing gap issues in rural areas. His work draws on multiple disciplines to develop a multi-perspective view on how to build economic action in areas that might otherwise go overlooked. His research has been cited by such major media outlets as National Public Radio, The New York Times, The Washington Post, Inc. magazine, and The Christian Science Monitor. He is a consultant on related matters to leading corporations, non-profits and philanthropic institutions, and governmental organizations.