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Finance

Finance is the art and science of managing money or the way people, institutions, markets and countries generate and transfer wealth. Business students in the Finance program study issues facing the financial services industry, including forecasting, budgeting and asset and liability management. At Roger Williams University, our Finance students will find a wide variety of elective courses that develop analytical and problem solving skills as well as faculty-led study tours to major U.S. and international financial centers.

As the focus of the Finance major is on financial institutions, instruments and services, the Center for Advanced Financial Education (CAFE) provides hands-on training in securities analysis and portfolio management. The Student Investment Management Fund provides a select set of students the opportunity to manage a $100,000 portfolio for a semester. In addition, Finance majors have access to the University’s high-tech trading rooms.

Finance students have opportunities for collaborations with faculty, such as the recently published article, "Pandora's Box or Paper Tiger: Repeal of Glass-Steagall and the Deregulation of the U.S. Banking Industry," which was presented at the Northeast Decision Sciences Institute conference. Our students also compete at the national R.I.S.E. Symposium Student Portfolio Competition each year. Last year they were awarded third place - undergraduate; equity growth category.

RWU Finance graduates secure positions within corporations, investment firms, insurance companies, banks and government agencies.

Sara Shirley, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor of Finance
Contact Information
(401) 254-3836
SB 220

Sara Shirley

Sara
Shirley
Ph.D.
Assistant Professor of Finance
Contact Information
(401) 254-3836
SB 220
Mark Wu, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor of Finance
B.S., Cornell University, Ithaca, NY. , Binghamton University, State University of New York
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Contact Information
401-254-5732
SB 307B
Areas of Expertise: 
Research: Treasury Auctions, Debt Management, Short Squeeze. Teaching: Financial Management, Advanced Financial Management, Financial Markets & Institutions

Mark Wu

Mark
Wu
Ph.D.
Assistant Professor of Finance
B.S., Cornell University, Ithaca, NY. , Binghamton University, State University of New York
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Contact Information
401-254-5732
SB 307B
Areas of Expertise: 
Research: Treasury Auctions, Debt Management, Short Squeeze. Teaching: Financial Management, Advanced Financial Management, Financial Markets & Institutions
Scott P. Mackey, Ph.D.
Associate Professor of Finance
B.S. George Washington University, M.S. Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University, Ph.D. University of Massachusetts
Contact Information
401-254-5394
SB218
Areas of Expertise: 
Corporate Finance, International Finance, Financial Derivatives. Research: Alternative Investments: Hedge Funds, Commodity Trading Adviors (CTAs), Managed Futures - Asset Allocation, Risk Premiums and Stratgy Classification

Scott P. Mackey

Scott P.
Mackey
Ph.D.
Associate Professor of Finance
B.S. George Washington University, M.S. Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University, Ph.D. University of Massachusetts
Contact Information
401-254-5394
SB218
Areas of Expertise: 
Corporate Finance, International Finance, Financial Derivatives. Research: Alternative Investments: Hedge Funds, Commodity Trading Adviors (CTAs), Managed Futures - Asset Allocation, Risk Premiums and Stratgy Classification
Michael R. Melton, Ph.D.
Professor of Finance/ Director, Center for Advanced Financial Education
B.S. Nebraska Wesleyan University, M.B.A., Ph.D.  University of Nebraska, Lincoln
Contact Information
401-254-3391
SB201
Areas of Expertise: 
Research: Minority Lending, Financial Markets, Corporate Finance, Investments, Tournament Theory. Teaching: Portfolio Analysis, Investments, Corporate Finance, Financial Statement Analysis

Michael R. Melton

Michael R.
Melton
Ph.D.
Professor of Finance/ Director, Center for Advanced Financial Education
B.S. Nebraska Wesleyan University, M.B.A., Ph.D.  University of Nebraska, Lincoln
Contact Information
401-254-3391
SB201
Areas of Expertise: 
Research: Minority Lending, Financial Markets, Corporate Finance, Investments, Tournament Theory. Teaching: Portfolio Analysis, Investments, Corporate Finance, Financial Statement Analysis