Executive Director


M. Joseph Sirgy, Ph.D.

Management Psychologist

Executive Director of MIQOLS

Virginia Tech Real Estate Professor Emeritus of Marketing, USA

Extraordinary Professor at North West University, South Africa

M JOSEPH SIRGY is a management psychologist (Ph.D., U/Massachusetts, 1979) and the Virginia Tech Real Estate Professor of Marketing Emeritus at Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University (USA) and Extraordinary Professor at the WorkWell Research Unit at North West University – Potchefstroom Campus (South Africa). He has published extensively in the area of marketing, business ethics, and quality of life (QOL). He co-founded the International Society for Quality-of-Life Studies (ISQOLS) in 1995, served as its Executive Director/Treasurer from 1995 to 2011, and as Development Co-Director (2011-present). In 1998 he received the Distinguished Fellow Award from ISQOLS. In 2003, ISQOLS honored him as the Distinguished QOL Researcher for research excellence and a record of lifetime achievement in QOL research. He also served as President of the Academy of Marketing Science (2002-04) from which he received the Distinguished Fellow Award in the early 1990’s and the Harold Berkman Service Award in 2007 (lifetime achievement award for serving the marketing professoriate). In the early 2000’s, he helped co-found the Macromarketing Society and the Community Indicators Consortium and has served as a board member of these two professional associations. He co-founded the journal, Applied Research in Quality of Life, the official journal of the International Society for Quality-of-Life Studies, in 2005; and he has served as co-founding editor (1995-present). He also served editor of the QOL section in the Journal of Macromarketing (1995-2016). He received the Virginia Tech’s Pamplin Teaching Excellence Award/Holtzman Outstanding Educator Award and University Certificate of Teaching Excellence in 2008. In 2010, ISQOLS honored him for excellence and lifetime service to the society. In 2010 he won the Best Paper Award in the Journal of Happiness Studies for his theory of the balanced life; in 2011 he won the Best Paper Award in the Journal of Travel Research for his goal theory of leisure travel satisfaction. In 2012 he was awarded the EuroMed Management Research Award for outstanding achievements and groundbreaking contributions to well-being and quality-of-life research. In 2019 the Macromarketing Society honored him with the Robert W. Nason Award for extraordinary and sustained contributions to the field of Macromarketing. He is currently serving as editor-in-chief of the Journal of Macromarketing (2020-present). He also was the editor of ISQOLS/Springer book series on International Handbooks in QOL (2008-15), Community QOL Indicators: Best Cases (2004-15), Applied Research in QOL: Best Practices (2008-12). He is currently the co-editor of Springer book series on Human Well-Being and Policy Making (2015-present). His most recent book is: Sirgy, M. Joseph (2020). Positive Balance: A Theory of Well-Being and Positive Mental Health. Dordrecht: Springer.



Pamela Jackson, Ph.D.
Professor Emeritus
Research Faculty
Department of Psychology
436 Russell Hall
Radford University
Radford, Virginia, 24142

PAMELA A. JACKSON retired from the Psychology Department at Radford University in 2021 (and is currently both Professor Emeritus and Research Faculty at Radford). She obtained her PhD in Behavioral and Neural Studies at the University of Kentucky in 1989. After which she completed a postdoctoral fellowship with Dr. Raymond Kesner at the University of Utah before joining the faculty at Radford. Her research interests include the neurobiology of learning and memory in humans and animals, the long-term behavioral and emotional effects of chronic exposure to cannabinoids during adolescence in rats, as well as housing factors that affect the quality of life in rats throughout the lifespan. Dr. Jackson presented research projects on quality of life of students during the pandemic, as well as personal interventions to improve quality of life. She and her co-authors have published on the neurobiology of subjective wellbeing, enhancing the wellbeing of healthcare service providers and their clients, and are currently working on a book exploring positive psychology interventions to enhance personal wellbeing. Dr. Jackson’s teaching interests include methods and statistics in psychology, physiological psychology, principles of learning, comparative cognition, and psychopharmacology, at the undergraduate and graduate level. She served as the senior director of the Cognitive and Behavioral Neuroscience vivarium during her entire tenure at Radford University. She has also served as the coordinator of the Master’s program in experimental psychology as well as on multiple university and department committees over the years. She has been a member of several professional organizations including Association for Psychological Science, Comparative Cognition Society, Psychonomic Society, Society for Neuroscience, and International Society for Quality-of-Life Studies. Dr. Jackson can be reached at

Director of the Quality-of-Life Survey Program (Spanish Connections)

JOSE DE JESUS GARCIA VEGA is currently consultant on the areas of human resources, well-being, quality of life, and happiness for communities, schools, and organizations. He has recently been Human Capital Manager for GT motors, CEO at Servicios Integrales Gama, and was a Researcher and a Professor of Economics at the Universidad de Monterrey, Mexico.

At the Universidad de Monterrey he also served as the Director of the Center of Well-being Studies, doing research and consulting on the topics of happiness, subjective well-being, and the quality of life in Mexico and other countries. He has contributed to several books and articles on happiness, well-being and quality of life and he lead a group who developed a model for measuring quality of life which was applied in Mexico at the national, state and city levels.

Dr. Garcia Vega was selected to participate on the project The World Book of Happiness and was part of the Editorial Review Board of the Journal of Applied Research in Quality of Life and the Social Indicators Research Journal. He was also part of the Editorial Board of the Encyclopedia of Quality of Life Research and participated on book The Pursuit of Well-being: The Untold Global History as an editor and as an author.

Mr. Garcia Vega graduated from Texas A &M University with a PhD in Agricultural Economics in 1995 and earlier earned an MBA and a bachelor’s degree in accounting from the Universidad Autonoma de Tamaulipas in Tampico, Mexico.

Dr. Garcia Vega can be reached at:

IT Director

DAVID A. WALKER graduated from Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University (Virginia Tech) with a degree in computer science. He is responsible for managing and producing web content for the Management Institute for Quality-of-Life Studies, and for helping develop charts and figures for many of the books and publications MIQOLS is involved in writing. In addition, he has programmed the MIQOLS data exploration tools including the Quality-of-Life Indicators Toolbox and the Estes Index of Social Progress website.

MIQOLS' Board of Directors


Trent Lott National Center for Excellence in Economic Development and Entrepreneurship

Chad R. Miller, Ph.D.
Professor of Economic Development
Department of Economic and Workforce Development
118 College Drive, #5022
The University of Southern Mississippi
Hattiesburg, MS 39406

CHAD R. MILLER is a Professor of Economic Development in the University of Southern Mississippi (USM) College of Business and Economic Development. He is Graduate Coordinator of the Master of Science of Economic Development program. He works closely with the Trent Lott National Center providing technical expertise to communities and mentoring student community research. He has extensive private and public sector experience including managing shipping and global distribution for American companies based in China and Vietnam. He was also an Army Officer stationed in the Pacific Rim. His research focuses on the relationship between transportation and economic development. Prior to joining USM, he worked for the Virginia Tech Office of Economic Development. Chad has a Ph.D. from the Virginia Tech Center for Public Administration & Policy, an MBA from Boston University, and a BA in Government from the College of William & Mary. Chad, his wife Susan, and son Duncan live in Hattiesburg, Mississippi.

Don R. Rahtz, Ph.D.
Professor of Marketing
Mason School of Business
Miller Hall 3079
College of William and Mary
Williamsburg, Virginia, 23187

DON R. RAHTZ is a marketing /marketing communications researcher (Ph.D., Virginia Tech 1984) and a Professor of Marketing at The College of William and Mary in Virginia. His expertise is in marketing communication programs, marketing research, survey methodology, analysis, and market assessment. He has had a particular interest in environmental issues, economic sustainable development, business/community interface evaluation, and health systems. He has traveled extensively in the South and Southeast Asian area with a focus on Bangladesh, Cambodia, Vietnam, and Thailand. He has conducted a variety of workshops and seminars, and acted as a consultant to businesses in both the public and private sectors concerning these topics, both in the United States and abroad. He recently completed a World Bank funded baseline survey project for the legal system of Bangladesh.

He has been active in promoting the Quality-of-Life field of study in a variety of disciplines. He has published a variety of articles in journals from the social, behavioral science, communication, and marketing areas. His work as appeared in such publications as: The Journal of Advertising, Journal of Health Care Marketing, Journal of Macromarketing, International Journal of Research in Marketing, Journal of Ambulatory Care Marketing, Psychology and Marketing, Journal of Business Research, and Social Indicators Research.

He has authored or co-authored a variety of book chapters and conference proceedings papers, and presented numerous papers at professional marketing, quality of life, and health care conferences. He has acted as a co-editor on the proceedings of the Fourth and Fifth Quality of Life/Marketing Conference (1992, 1995), the Macromarketing Conference in 2001, and the International Society for Marketing and Development in 2003 among others.

He has served as the Editor of The Marketing Educator and on the Editorial Review Board of The Journal of Health Care Marketing. Presently he serves on the Editorial Review Board of The Journal of Macromarketing, The Journal of Business Psychology and the new journal, Journal of Quality of Life Research in Leisure and Tourism. He is a regular reviewer for many of the national conferences and journals in the marketing (e.g., Academy of Marketing Science), quality of life (e.g., ISQOLS), and health care (e.g. American Association for Advances in Health Care Research) areas.

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Dong-Jin Lee, Ph.D.
Professor of Marketing
School of Business
134 Shinchon Seodaemun
Yonsei University
South Korea

DONG-JIN LEE is Professor Emeritus at the School of Business, Yonsei University, Seoul, Korea. He received his Ph.D. from Virginia Tech (1996) and has published extensively in the area of quality of life studies. Before joining Yonsei University, he was on the faculty of the University of Western Australia (1996–1999) and the State University of New York at Binghamton (2000–2002). He served as Vice President for Academic Affairs, Vice President for Publication, and Program Area Chair for the International Society for Quality of Life Studies (ISQOLS) in 1997–1999, 2007–2009, and 1997–1998 respectively; he was Section Editor of Applied Research in Quality of Life (ARQOL) from 2009 to 2011; and he was Dean of Sangnam Management Institute at Yonsei University from 2017 to 2018. He won the best paper award from ARQOL in 2021. He is currently a member of Borad of Directors of the Management Institute for Quality-of-Life Studies (MIQOLS).


Nora Reilly, Ph.D.
Professor of Psychology
425 Russell Hall, Box 6946
Radford University
Radford, Virginia, 24142

NORA P. REILLY is an organizational social psychologist (Ph.D., Dartmouth, 1985), Professor of Psychology, and Associate Dean of the College of Graduate and Professional Studies at Radford University in Virginia, US. She has published in the areas of quality of work life, the behavioral expression of commitment, perceptions of/reactions to stigmatizing conditions in the workplace and the self-regulation of affect in such outlets as The Journal of Vocational Behavior, Motivation and Emotion, Journal of Business and Psychology, Applied Research in Quality of Life, and The Academy of Management Journal, as well as serving on several editorial boards. Her most recent work is a co-edited handbook on Work and Quality of Life: Ethical Practices in Organizations (Dordrecht, DE: Springer). Her teaching interests range from organizational psychology, applied social psychology, psychometrics, methodology, statistics and organization development. She has served as the coordinator of the master’s program in industrial and organizational psychology at Radford as well as in numerous internal governance positions, including president of the faculty senate. She is currently responsible for graduate academic course and program reviews as well as the administration of graduate assistantships at Radford. She is a member of several professional organizations, including the Society for Industrial and Organizational Psychology, where she serves on the Education and Training Committee. Finally, she is an active OD consultant, primarily in the area of healthcare.

Osman Balci, Ph.D.
Professor of Computer Science
Department of Computer Science
638 McBryde Hall, MC 0106
Virginia Tech
Blacksburg, Virginia, 24061

OSMAN BALCI is Professor of Computer Science and Director of the Mobile/Cloud Software Engineering Lab at Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University (Virginia Tech). He received his B.S. and M.S. degrees from Boğaziçi University (Istanbul) in 1975 and 1977, and M.S. and Ph.D. degrees from Syracuse University (New York) in 1978 and 1981. Dr. Balci has served as the Founding Editor-in-Chief of two international journals: Annals of Software Engineering, 1993-2002 and World Wide Web, 1996-2000. He served as Chair of ACM SIGSIM, 2008-2010; Director at Large of the Society for Modeling and Simulation International (SCS), 2002-2006; and Founding Editor-in-Chief of ACM SIGSIM Modeling and Simulation (M&S) Knowledge Repository, 2009-2021. Dr. Balci received the Virginia Tech 2018 W.S. 'Pete' White Innovation in Engineering Education Award, the 2015 ACM SIGSIM Distinguished Contributions Award, and the 2013 McLeod Founder's Award for Distinguished Service to the Profession given by SCS. Most of Dr. Balci's work has been funded by the U.S. Navy. From 1998 to 2004, he provided technical services for the U.S. Missile Defense Agency programs in the areas of M&S acceptability assessment and system independent verification and validation (IV&V). He has also provided technical services for architecting naval surface warfare systems. His current areas of expertise center on Apple Mobile Software Engineering, Cloud Software Engineering, architecting cloud software-based system of systems, software/system IV&V; Modeling and Simulation (methodology, verification, validation, and certification); and Digital Game-Based Learning (digital educational game development methodology, digital educational game quality evaluation). His email and web addresses are and


Muzaffer Uysal, Ph.D.
Professor of Hospitality and Tourism Management
Department of Hospitality & Tourism Management
University of Massachusetts
Amherst, Massachusetts, 01003

MUZAFFER UYSAL, Ph.D., is a Provost professor and Carney Family Endowed Professor in the Department of Hospitality and Tourism Management - Isenberg School of Management at the University of Massachusetts, Amherst. He maintains an Extraordinary Professor title in the Research Unit: Tourism Research in Economic Environs and Society at the Potchefstroom Campus of the North-West University, SA. Dr. Uysal has extensive experience in the tourism and hospitality field, has worked on several funded tourism marketing and management projects, and has conducted workshops and seminars in more than 25 countries. He is a member of the International Academy for the Study of Tourism, and the Academy of Leisure Sciences, and co-founded Tourism Analysis: An Interdisciplinary Journal. He has also authored and co-authored a significant number of articles, five monographs, several reports, and fifteen books, related to tourism and hospitality research methods: tourist service satisfaction, tourism, and quality-of-life, creating experience value in tourism, and scales in tourism and hospitality settings. Dr. Uysal has received over 30 awards, honors, and recognitions including multiple “Lifetime Achievement” awards and ‘Best Paper’ awards. During 2015 and 2016 alone, he received five such recognitions including the John Wiley & Sons Lifetime Research Achievement Award (July 2016), Emerald Citations of Excellence for 2016, TAMU-PRTS 2016 Leslie Reid Alumni Award, W. Bradford Wiley Memorial Best Research Paper of the Year Award 2015, and Founders Award (Graduate Education and Graduate Student Research Conference in Hospitality & Tourism) 2015. Dr. Uysal is recognized as one of the most influential educators in tourism and hospitality and is among the world’s most highly cited researchers under the Social Sciences category. His current research interests center on tourism development and quality-of-life research in tourism and hospitality settings.