Undergraduate Education

Through the finance major, students will gain an understanding of the principles of financial management, including investment and portfolio management, financial markets and institutions, and financial theory and practice.

Student Support

The Department of Finance supports its students financially and through initiatives to help them accomplish their career goals.

Doctoral Program

Our faculty are dedicated to offering excellent training for Ph.D. students, and as such, students take advanced coursework, conduct research with faculty and other students, teach classes and complete a dissertation.

The Masters Investment Learning Center

The Masters Investment Learning Center delivers experiential learning through real-world investing.

Visible at the heart of the Haslam building, its highlights include student-managed funds, Bloomberg terminals, investment challenges and software training opportunities.


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Tracie Woidtke on Shareholder Activism

Tracie Woidtke, professor and Finance Department Head, is researching topics including exempt proxy solicitations. She is looking into the effects of communication among shareholders and increased activism with the goal of determining whether low-cost mechanisms can influence a company to act in shareholders’ best interests.

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Featured Faculty

James Wansley

Jim Wansley is the Director of the Aerospace & Defense MBA Program, where he has served as the lead finance faculty member since the program’s inception in 2004. He was ...

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Student Faculty & AlumniSpotlights

Eric Kelley

Eric Kelley, associate professor of finance, Goodner Professor of Banking and Home Federal Bank Scholar, has a passion for life-long learning. As a researcher, he focuses on market microstructure and empirical asset pricing, with particular emphasis on ho

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Sebastian Soldner

As a sophomore majoring in finance, Sebastian Soldner’s initial love of business came about through reading regularly about the stock market and the business plan competitions he participated in throughout high school.

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Tiffany Elkins Gardner

Tiffany Elkins Gardner found a way to combine her passion for working with people and finance in her role as senior vice president for corporate and commercial banking at First Tennessee Bank.

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