The finance department faculty members have broad research interests, however in recent years a considerable portion of the effort has been in the emerging area of behavioral finance. The department offers an annual conference, wherein leading scholars from around the world come to campus to present their research, listen to presentations by others, and discuss behavioral considerations connected with research in finance.
The finance doctoral program focuses on the development of future scholars for academic careers at leading research universities.
Individual attention and careful mentoring are the distinguishing features of the program. The ability to provide these is enhanced by the small size of the program. In the first two years doctoral students will be required to take a number of core courses in finance, economics and accounting. In addition doctoral students would attend and present in the department’s weekly brown-bag seminar series, and also have the opportunity to interact regularly with members of other organizations (universities from around the world, as well as organizations such as the Federal Reserve, World Bank, and Securities and Exchange Commission) who visit and present their research in the regular finance seminar series.
The Finance Department faculty members that doctoral students will work with are publishing frequently in leading journals such as the Journal of Finance, Journal of Financial Economics, Review of Financial Studies, Journal of Financial and Quantitative Analysis, and Journal of Accounting and Economics. They are also very active in the editorial process of numerous journals and are serving or have served as Editor, Guest Editor, Advisory Editor, Associate Editor, Editorial Board Member, and referee. In addition, faculty members serve or have served on numerous professional association boards of directors, and as President of the Financial Management Association (FMA), President of the Southern Finance Association (SFA), President of the Eastern Finance Association (EFA), Treasurer of the American Real Estate and Urban Economics Association, and Vice-President-Program for FMA, SFA, and EFA, among other positions.