I was recently promoted to the rank of associate Professor at the University of Wisconsin in Whitewater. I am proud of what I have accomplished in all spheres of my professional and personal life.
I grew a lot as a professor, especially when it comes to teaching incoming finance major undergraduates. I gradually modified my Investments course to improve it. I use the “flipped-classroom” methodology, and I introduced a trading simulation that has sparked the passion for investing in several students. I also offer a fully online version of this course. I like to teach to graduate students as well. In my MBA course, I use what I call “experience based” teaching, where I develop a case in class, withholding important information, and letting the students the responsibility to inquire about the right information. My objective is to make the course similar to a consulting job. Some love it; some do not!
Whitewater offers a balanced environment giving me the opportunity to dig into complex research projects. I was productive over the last five years of research, publishing several papers, but I also had the time to set myself with a great research agenda with important research topics that are promising. One research topic I have studies the exercise probability of real options and has policy implications, as the results of our theory may be used to design investments or green policies that are more efficient and economical. The theoretical research paper was a semi-finalist at the Financial Management Association annual meeting, and I presented it in a Seminar at Illinois Institute of Technology and HEC Montreal.
Surprisingly, I was involved in several services to my University, College of Business and Economics, and department. I serve on multiple committees. Among others, I chair our department’s assessment committee, and I chaired several search committee for academic positions. I am responsible for hiring more than a third of my now-colleagues!