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Economics & Finance

Dr. Rebecca Davis
Assistant Professor

Dr. Rebecca Davis received her Bachelor of Science in economics from West Virginia Wesleyan College and her master’s and doctoral degrees from the University of Tennessee. Before joining the SFA faculty in 2018, Davis served as the pre-doctoral fellow on energy economics for the National Bureau of Economic Research and has conducted several reports on topics such as coal mining and tourism, electricity generation and fracking. Her research interests include energy economics, market structure, risk and uncertainty, real options analysis and public policy.

David Kaiser
Director of the Chadwick Family Banking Program
Lecturer

Having worked as a community banker for more than 30 years, David Kaiser brings a wealth of knowledge and experience into the classroom as the director of SFA’s Chadwick family banking program. During his career, he has been a lender, manager, auditor, executive officer and bank director. Kaiser received his Bachelor of Science in business administration from California State University and his Master of Business Administration from Western Washington University. He also is a graduate of the Pacific Coast Banking School at the University of Washington.

Dr. Vijetha Koppa
Assistant Professor

An avid traveler, Dr. Vijetha Koppa joined the SFA faculty in 2016. She received her bachelor’s degree in engineering at Nanyang Technological University in Singapore and her doctoral degree in economics at Texas A&M University. Her industry experience includes as a business analyst for Deutsche Bank in Singapore. Koppa’s research interests include applied microeconomics, health economics, economics of crime and public policy analysis.

Dr. Banker Phares
Senior Lecturer

As an attorney specializing in estate planning and probate law, Dr. Banker Phares brings his expertise into the classroom. He received his bachelor’s degree from Lamar University and his Doctor of Jurisprudence from Southern Methodist University. Phares oversees SFA’s financial planning program and works closely with the Marleta Chadwick Student Financial Advisors. In addition to his scholarly articles, Phares has written more than 200 articles for the Nacogdoches newspaper, The Daily Sentinel, about personal financial planning, health care, finance and the development of the Texas higher education system.

Dr. Mark Scanlan
Professor

Dr. Mark Scanlan received his bachelor’s degree from Lyon College and his master’s and doctoral degrees from the University of Florida. At SFA, Scanlan teaches a variety of courses, including principles of microeconomics and macroeconomics, money and banking, public finance, and international economics. He has been interviewed for and quoted in numerous articles about topics ranging from online sales tax and personal finance to unsecured credit. His research interests include ecommerce, sales and use taxation, the digital divide, and public finance.

Dr. Mark Schaub
Associate Professor

With more than 90 published articles in academic and practitioner journals in the past 16 years, Dr. Mark Schaub continues to stay up to date with the financial industry. Schaub received his bachelor’s and master’s degrees from Nicholls State University in Louisiana and his doctoral degree from Mississippi State University. While he has served the education system for decades, Schaub joined the SFA faculty in 2013.

Dr. T. Parker Ballinger
Professor

Dr. T. Parker Ballinger received his bachelor’s degree in economics from the University of Notre Dame and his master’s and doctoral degrees from the University of Houston. He joined the SFA faculty in 1999. His research interests include experimental economics, computational economics and decision-making.

Dr. Ryan Phelps
Associate Professor

Since joining the SFA faculty in 2007, Dr. Ryan Phelps has helped create the Economics Reading Group to bring students and faculty interested in economic literature together to discuss current economic topics. Phelps received his bachelor’s degree in business management from Pensacola Christian College and his master’s and doctoral degrees from the University of Kentucky. His research interests include health-related policy outcomes, economic education, and the causes and effects of smoking bans in the hospitality sector.

Dr. Mikhail Kouliavtsev
Department Chair and Professor

Dr. Mikhail Kouliavtsev received his bachelor’s degree in economics and mathematics from Lyon College and master’s and doctoral degrees in economics from Temple University. Prior to joining the faculty at SFA in 2007, Kouliavtsev held an appointment at Philadelphia University. His research interests include industrial organization, antitrust policy, international trade and economics of education.

Dr. Mark Simmons
Associate Professor

Dr. Mark Simmons received his bachelor’s and master’s degrees from Sam Houston State University and his doctoral degree from Texas A&M University. During his career, Simmons has worked as a capital budgeting analyst and stockbroker. He also is a certified public accountant. In 1987, he joined the SFA faculty after teaching at two Texas universities. His has written journal articles and book reviews.

Dr. Stephen Kosovich
Associate Professor

Dr. Stephen Kosovich received his bachelor’s degree in economics from Willamette University and his master’s and doctoral degrees from the University of Oregon. His past research has measured the impact of job losses in terms of earning losses and the savings decisions of laid-off workers. Currently, his research interests include finding additional measures of the impact of job losses. In teaching sports economics, Kosovich has developed an interest in understanding a variety of economic issues in sports.

Dr. Kyle Jones
Associate Professor

Dr. Kyle Jones received his bachelor’s and master’s degrees from Georgia Southwestern College and his doctoral degree in finance from the University of Mississippi. His teaching interests include international finance and corporate and managerial finance.

Dr. Emiliano Giudici
Associate Professor

Dr. Emiliano Giudici received his bachelor’s, master’s and doctoral degrees from the University of Texas Pan American. As an educator, he is interested in investments, financial mathematics and econometrics. His research interests include market microstructure and frequency domain econometrics.

 

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