Stephen F. Austin State University

Economics and Finance

Dr. Todd A. Brown

Dr. Todd A. Brown
Department Chair, Director of the Mast Student Investment Roundtable, and Associate Professor of Finance

Ph.D., University of Nebraska-Lincoln
M.S., University of Nebraska-Lincoln
B.S.B.A., Kansas State University

Teaching Areas: Corporate Finance, Personal Finance, Investments

Research Areas: Behavioral Corporate Finance, Financial Markets, Sports Economics, Financial Education

Bio:

Dr. Todd A. Brown is currently the chair of the department of economics and finance and an associate professor of finance in the Nelson Rusche College of Business at SFA. He is also the Director of the Mast Student Investment Roundtable that is charged with investing money from the Alumni and University endowments. Most recently, Dr. Brown helped to create the financial planning program that helps students earn a CFP designation.

Office Location: McGee Building; Suite 392A

Telephone: 936.468.1500

Email: brownta1@sfasu.edu

Website: http://www.sfasu.edu/cob/roundtable.asp

Ms. Allison Thornton

Ms. Allison Thornton
Administrative Assistant

Office Location: McGee Building; Suite 392

Telephone: 936.468.4301

Email: thorntonallis@sfasu.edu

Dr. T. Parker Ballinger

Dr. T. Parker Ballinger
Professor of Economics

Ph.D., University of Houston
M.A., University of Houston
B.A., University of Notre Dame

Teaching Areas: Principles of Macroeconomics, Intermediate Macroeconomics, Money and Banking

Research Areas: Experimental Economics

Bio:

T. Parker Ballinger is a Professor of Economics at Stephen F. Austin State University. He received his Ph.D. from the University of Houston. His current research interests include saving and consumption decisions, social learning, and experimental economics. Professor Ballinger's work has been published in the Economic Journal and Experimental Economics. Prior to graduate school, Professor Ballinger served as an officer on board the U.S.S. Nicholas (FFG-47).

Office Location: McGee Building; Room 392Q

Telephone: 936.468.1878

Email: pballinger@sfasu.edu

Website: http://www.cob.sfasu.edu/pballinger/

Dr. Emiliano Giudici

Dr. Emiliano Giudici
Assistant Professor of Finance

Ph.D. Business Administration - Finance from UT Pan American
M.S. Mathematics from UT Pan American
B.S. Mechanical Engineering from UT Pan American

Teaching Areas: Investments, Portfolio Management, Managerial Finance

Research Areas: Investments, Market Efficiency, Frequency Domain Econometrics

Bio:

Dr. Giudici joined SFA in Fall 2008. While at SFA, Dr. Giudici has published half a dozen peer reviewed journal articles (e.g. Financial Services Review, Journal of Economics and Finance, Annals of Regional Science, etc.). He has also presented over a dozen of papers in regional, national and international academic conferences (e.g. Financial Management Association, Academy of Economics and Finance, Southern Finance Association, etc.). Dr. Giudici teaches courses at the graduate and undergraduate level and serves as a faculty sponsor for the Finance Club (Phi Alpha Kappa).

Office Location: McGee Building, Room 392L

Telephone: 936.468.1457

Email: giudicie@sfasu.edu

Dr. Samuel Kyle Jones

Dr. Samuel Kyle Jones
Associate Professor of Finance

Ph.D., University of Mississippi
M.S.A., Georgia Southwestern College
B.S., Georgia Southwestern College

Teaching Areas: International Finance, Financial Management

Research Areas: International Finance, Risk Management

Office Location: McGee Building; Room 392B

Telephone: 936.468.1442

Email: sjones@sfasu.edu

Website: http://www.cob.sfasu.edu/kjones/

Dr. Stephen M. Kosovich

Dr. Stephen M. Kosovich
Associate Professor of Economics

Ph.D., University of Oregon
M.A., University of Oregon
B.A., Willamette University

Teaching Areas: Labor Economics, Sports Economics, Principles of Microeconomics, Principles of Macroeconomics

Research Areas: Labor Economics, Applied Microeconomics

Bio:

Dr. Stephen Kosovich is currently an associate professor of economics at Stephen F. Austin State University. His past research has measured the impact of job losses in terms of earnings losses and the savings decisions of laid-off workers. Currently Dr. Kosovich is interested in finding additional measures of the impact of job losses. In teaching Sports Economics, he has also developed an interest in understanding a variety of economic issues in sports.

Office Location: McGee Building; 392 K

Telephone: 936.468.1557

Email: kosovichs@sfasu.edu

Website: http://www.faculty.sfasu.edu/kosovichs/

Dr. Mikhail S. Kouliavtsev

Dr. Mikhail S. Kouliavtsev
Associate Professor of Economics and MBA Director

Ph.D., Temple University
M.A., Temple University
B.A., Lyon College

Teaching Areas: Applied Statistical Analysis, Principles of Macroeconomics, Managerial Economics

Research Areas: Industrial Organization, Antitrust Policy, International Trade, Economics of Education

Bio:

Dr. Mikhail Kouliavtsev is currently an associate professor of economics at Stephen F. Austin State University. His research has been published in journals such as Economic Inquiry, Review of Industrial Organization, and Review of International Economics among others. He also serves as the Director of the MBA program in the Rusche College of Business at SFA. Prior to joining the faculty at SFA, Dr. Kouliavtsev was an assistant professor of economics and statistics at Philadelphia University.

Office Location: McGee Building; Room 392H

Telephone: 936.468.1752

Email: kouliavtms@sfasu.edu

Website: http://cobweb.sfasu.edu/kouliavtms/

Dr. John H. Lewis

Dr. John H. Lewis
Emeritus Professor of Finance (2013)

D.B.A., Louisiana Tech University
M.B.A., Texas A&M University
B.B.A., Texas A&M University
Dr. Banker Phares

Dr. Banker Phares
Senior Lecturer, Director of Financial Planning Program, and John and Karen Mast Endowed Professor

J.D., Southern Methodist University

Teaching Areas: Financial Planning, Estate Planning and Tax

Research Areas: Estate Planning, Tax and Probate Law

Bio:

Dr. Phares is Board Certified in Estate Planning and Probate. He passed the State Bar of Texas in 1976, has been licensed to practice in Texas since 1964 and before the United States Supreme Court in 1970. He is the past President of the Lamar Alumni Association, won Outstanding Finance Professor for 2011-2012 and is the Speaker for National Business Institute on Probate and Trust Law in 2011.

Office Location: McGee Building; Room 115

Telephone: 936.468.1783

Email: pharesb@sfasu.edu

Dr. Ryan Phelps

Dr. Ryan Phelps
Associate Professor of Economics and Assessment Coordinator

Ph.D., University of Kentucky
M.S., University of Kentucky
B.S., Pensacola Christian College

Teaching Areas: Principles of Microeconomics & Macroeconomics, Applied Statistics, Environmental Economics and Public Finance

Research Areas: Health Economics, Environmental Economics, Public Policy, Political Economy, Economic Education

Bio:

Ryan Phelps is currently an associate professor of economics at Stephen F. Austin State University. He has published numerous papers and given conference presentations on the causes and effects of smoking bans in the hospitality sector. Ryan is responsible for the creation and oversight of the economics reading group. Now in its second year, the group provides incentives for students from across the University to engage with faculty in energetic discussions about economic topics. Ryan has also sponsored several award winning undergraduate research projects.

Office Location: McGee Building; Room 392D

Telephone: 936.468.1501

Email: phelpsrt@sfasu.edu

Dr. Mark A. Scanlan

Dr. Mark A. Scanlan
Associate Professor of Economics

Ph.D., University of Florida
M.A., University of Florida
B.A., Lyon College

Teaching Areas: International Economics, Public Finance, Money and Banking, Principles of Macroeconomics, and Principles of Microeconomics

Research Areas: Public Economics, Local Taxation, E-Commerce, International Trade, Healthcare

Bio:

Dr. Mark Scanlan is currently an associate professor of economics at Stephen F. Austin State University. He has published numerous papers, and given conference presentations, on the topics of E-Commerce and taxation. He has also been interviewed based on his research by news outlets such as the Washington Post and Thestreet.com. Dr. Scanlan maintains a website at http://www.cob.sfasu.edu/mscanlan/ that helps students understand the benefits of majoring in economics, find employment, and apply to graduate school.

Office Location: McGee Building; Room 392P

Telephone: 936.468.1883

Email: scanlanm@sfasu.edu

Website: http://www.cob.sfasu.edu/mscanlan/index.html

Dr. Mark Schaub

Dr. Mark Schaub
Associate Professor of Finance

D.B.A., Mississippi State University

M.B.A., Nicholls State University

B. S., Nicholls State University

Teaching Areas: Financial Management, Financial Institutions

Research Areas: International Investing, Market Efficiency, Consumer Finance

Bio:

Dr. Mark Schaub joined the SFA faculty as an associate professor of finance in 2013. He has published more than 70 articles in over 30 different finance and business journals since 2002. Prior to joining the SFA faculty he was the Capital One Bank Professor of Finance at Northwestern State University and also started the Finance major at Texas A&M University-Texarkana. His doctorate in finance was earned in 1998 from Mississippi State University.

Office Location: McGee Building; Room 392C

Telephone: 936.468.1505

Email: schaubm@sfasu.edu

Dr. Garland Demarcus “Mark” Simmons, Jr.

Dr. Garland Demarcus "Mark" Simmons, Jr.
Associate Professor of Finance

Ph.D., Texas A&M University
M.B.A., Sam Houston State University
B.B.A., Sam Houston State University

Teaching Areas: Financial Management, Financial Statement Analysis, Derivatives, Quantitative Methods

Research Areas: Real Options, Capital Market Equilibrium, Case Studies in Financial Statement Analysis

Bio:

Born the son of Garland and Betty Simmons in Houston, Texas in 1955, Mark Simmons worked in his father's grocery store - starting at age ten. He went to college at Sam Houston State University in Huntsville, Texas, where he met and married his wife, Terry Baker Simmons, in 1977, as he was working on a Master's degree. After graduation, he worked for Shell Oil Company as a capital budgeting analyst, and then left that company to study finance at Texas A&M University, where he graduated with a Ph.D. in 1987. Along the way he taught at Sam Houston State and at Texas A&M, became a stockbroker, and passed the CPA exam. In 1987 he joined the faculty at Stephen F. Austin State University. He and his wife Terry are members of First Baptist Church in Nacogdoches where Mark serves as a deacon and teaches a Sunday school class. They have two children, John and Katie Simmons.

Office Location: McGee Building; Room 392E

Telephone: 936.468.1687

Email: gsimmons@sfasu.edu

Dr. Michael D. Stroup

Dr. Michael D. Stroup
Professor of Economics

Ph.D., Florida State University
M.A., University of Washington
B.S., Montana State University

Teaching Areas: Public Finance, Managerial Economics, Principles of Economics

Research Areas: Institutional Economics, Public Economics, Teaching Economics

Bio:

Dr. Michael Stroup joined the economics faculty of SFASU in 1999. He has served the college as Interim Dean, leading a successful AACSB reaccreditation in 2010. He has also served as Interim Director of the School of Accountancy and as MBA Director. Dr. Stroup has published many articles in a broad range of scholarly journals, including Public Choice, Kyklos, Journal of Economics and Finance, European Journal of Political Economy, and World Development. He enjoys teaching both undergraduate and graduate courses in economics and has served on various Master's thesis committees for students in the College of Forestry and Agriculture.

Office Location: McGee Building; Room 292A

Telephone: 936.468.1836

Email: mstroup@sfasu.edu

Website: http://www.cob.sfasu.edu/mstroup/