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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

B.S. International Business, Canisius College, May 2008
MBA, Canisius College, May 2009
Ph.D. Finance, Southern Illinois University, May 2014

Contact Information
(401) 254-3836
SB 220

Sara Shirley

Sara
Shirley
Ph.D.
Assistant Professor of Finance

B.S. International Business, Canisius College, May 2008
MBA, Canisius College, May 2009
Ph.D. Finance, Southern Illinois University, May 2014

Contact Information
(401) 254-3836
SB 220

Sara Shirley is an Assistant Professor of Finance in the Gabelli School of Business where she teaches courses in Financial Management, Investments, Financial Statement Analysis, and Financial Modeling. Professor Shirley is also the faculty advisor for the RWU Financial Management Association (FMA), a student-run organization geared towards all students who have an interest in business. FMA allows students to apply their knowledge obtained in class to various projects, network with other student as well as business professionals, and prepare for a career in the business place.

Professor Shirley earned her Ph.D. in Finance from the College of Business at Southern Illinois University in Carbondale, Illinois in May, 2014. Her research focuses on mutual funds, financial innovation, and financial institutions. Prior to entering academia, Professor Shirley worked for the Bank of Tokyo-Mitsubishi UFJ in their Manhattan office.

Mark Wu, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor of Finance

B.S., Cornell University, Ithaca, NY.
Ph.D., 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.
Ph.D., 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

Scott Mackey has been an Associate Professor of Finance of the Mario J. Gabelli School of Business at Roger Williams University since July of 2011, where he previously held the title of Assistant Professor of Finance since joining the University in July of 2006.  Dr. Mackey previously served as Associate Professor of Finance at Central Connecticut State University and also served as Visiting Professor of Finance at Clark University.  He has professional experience in alternative investments consulting with institutional clients and banks as well as with individual hedge funds.  Dr. Mackey’s skills range from analysis of alternative investment strategies such as arbitrages, hedging, and speculative investments, derivatives pricing and use, international trade flows, foreign exchange rate markets, currency hedging, and risk management strategies for multinational corporations to past service on the Board of Directors for the Northeast Business and Economics Association (NBEA).  Dr.

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