2017-2018 Undergraduate Catalog 
    Jun 20, 2018  
2017-2018 Undergraduate Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]


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Tracie Woidtke, Head

Boehm, T.P. (Goodner Professor), PhD – Washington (St. Louis)
DeGennaro, R.P. (HCB Professor of Banking and Finance), PhD – Ohio State
Woidtke, T. (David E. Sharp/Home Federal Bank Professor), PhD – Tulane

Associate Professors
Daves, P.R. (Voigt Scholar), PhD – North Carolina
Fauver, L. (James F. Smith Jr. Professor), PhD – Florida
Harrell, D.L. (HCB Investments Professor), PhD – Florida
Kelley, E.K., PhD – Texas A&M
Puckett, W.A. (Paul and Beverly Castagna Professor), PhD – Georgia

Assistant Professors
Eldemire-Poindexter, A., ABD – South Carolina
Maslar, D., PhD – Missouri
Serfling, M., PhD – Arizona

Clinical Professor
Taranto, M., PhD – California (Berkeley)

Cole, L.S. (Senior Lecturer and Director, Masters Investment Learning Center), PhD – Tennessee
Murphy, S.P. (Distinguished Lecturer), MBA – Loyola

Adjunct Faculty
Sloan, K., (Risk and Insurance), ARM, CIC, CRM, BS – Tennessee
Williams, D. (Investment Funds Advisor), BS – Tennessee

Emeriti Faculty
Auxier, A.L., PhD – Iowa
Black, H.A., PhD – Ohio State
Philippatos, G., PhD – New York University
Shrieves, R., PhD – California (Los Angeles)
Wansley, J.W., PhD – South Carolina

The finance major gives students the flexibility to tailor their programs to fit their particular career goals and to prepare for one (or more) of the following specialty areas. The course in investments leads to career opportunities in investment analysis, commercial and investment banking, and insurance companies. The course in real estate is designed for students who are interested in real estate brokerage, appraising, taxation, law, property management, real estate development, mortgage lending and banking, construction, government loan guarantees, and insurance. The course in corporate finance leads to opportunities in corporate forecasting, planning, and control; cash management; and capital and financial analysis positions. The course in financial institutions and markets prepares students for opportunities in the management of financial institutions, as well as within the government organizations related to the industry. The course in insurance and risk management prepares students for opportunities in insurance, business, and public risk management. The course in international finance is designed to give all students, regardless of their career goals, an enhanced understanding of financial management in a global context.

In 2014, the department gained status as a CFA Recognized University (where CFA stands for Chartered Financial Analyst). Gaining CFA Recognized University status means that at least seventy percent of the curriculum offered to finance majors is consistent with the Common Body of Knowledge required by the CFA Institute. As such, students pursuing a major in finance are afforded the opportunity to gain valuable exposure to many of the topical areas required in obtaining professional certification as a CFA candidate. 

Recognizing the importance of experiential learning as part of a comprehensive education, the department offers cutting edge resources through the Masters Investment Learning Center such as the ability to gain Bloomberg certification. Bloomberg is considered by finance professionals to be the gold standard for current market, economic, and financial information.  Additionally, students majoring in finance are afforded real-world experiences through the management of real dollar portfolios (via FINC 495 ) and participation in the CFA Global Investment Research Challenge, CME Commodities Challenge, UT Investment Group, and Financial Management Association.

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