Doctoral Students in Finance
Six students completed finance doctorates
in the 2013–2014 academic year and have
accepted positions at the following universities:
a tenure-track position at Samford University; a
position at the College of Charleston; a tenure-track position at Illinois State University; a
tenure-track position at Kent State University;
a position at Elon University, Ohio; and a visiting
appointment at Mississippi State University.
Doctoral Students in Economics
This past year, EFLS students who completed
doctorates received tenure-track positions
at Wesleyan; the University of Miami, Ohio;
Pepperdine University; and the University of
South Carolina. One student accepted a visiting
post at Mississippi State University, and another
received an offer for an instructor position at
Master’s Students in Finance and Economics
The majority of master’s students who
graduated in 2014 were placed with highly
prestigious firms. Given EFLS’s past success
with its master’s programs and placements,
the department has established important
continuing relationships with a number
of notable firms, including, Wells Fargo,
Dunnhumby USA and UPS.
Finally, several of our recent master’s
graduates are continuing their studies either
by pursuing doctoral degrees in economics,
finance or related fields or in law.
Recruiting University Scholars Students
Approximately 37 current University Scholars
students have entered the program in the
past year. Some 90 students contacted the
department expressing interest in the program.
About 50 of these remain in contact with the
department, and many will ultimately enter
the program. For the incoming class, more
than 50 students have been in contact with
the department, and EFLS should exceed the
number from last year’s class. The average
ACT score for these students is near 32 and the
average SAT is near 1400.
Dr. Albert Wang is an experienced faculty
member who joined EFLS as an assistant
professor in finance. His research interests
are in corporate governance and in empirical
Dr. Victoria Javine is an experienced
faculty member, who most recently was an
assistant professor of finance in the finance
and economics department at the University of
South Alabama. She assumed a clinical-track
faculty position in finance to help strengthen
departmental offerings in the investments
area for the undergraduate finance program.
Will Walsh is an experienced faculty
member in economics and who joined EFLS
as a clinical track instructor in economics.
Walsh received his juris doctor in 2008 (magna
cum laude) and doctorate in economics
in 2011 from The University of Alabama.
Walsh teaches introductory economics-principles courses as well as MBA managerial
economics and other courses as needed.
Kent Zirlott and Hoda EI-Karaksy have
joined the faculty as clinical instructors in
economics. Both individuals received their
doctorates in economics from The University