Department of Finance

The University bestows the designation "Graduate Faculty" upon faculty following review of their credentials and recommendation by their colleagues. The University maintains three levels of graduate faculty: (1) Full, (2) Associate, and (3) External.

Only Full graduate faculty members may chair doctoral committees. Full or Associate graduate faculty may chair master's committees. Only one external graduate faculty member may serve as a voting member on any master's or doctoral committee.


ALLEN CARRION, Assistant Professor, PhD (2018), University of Utah [2024]

PANKAJ K. JAIN, Professor, PhD (2002), Indiana University [2025]

NAPOLEON OVERTON, Instructor, MBA (1982), University of Memphis [2023]

RONALD W. SPAHR, Professor, PhD (1976), University of Wisconsin-Madison [2024]

MARK SUNDERMAN, Morris Real Estate Chair, PhD (1986), University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign [2027]

VELMA ZAHIROVIC-HERBERT, Martha and Robert Fogelman Family Real Estate Chair, PhD (2007) Georgia State University [2027]


JEFFREY BLACK, Assistant Professor, PhD (2017), University of Oklahoma 

VIVEK SHARMA, Instructor, PhD (2018), Indian Statistical Institute 

SABATINO SILVERI, Assistant Professor, PhD (2009), Arizona State University 

KONSTANTIN SOKOLOV, Assistant Professor, PhD (2017), Wilfrid Laurier University  

PEI SHAO, PhD (2007), Schulich School of Business, York University 

SHAWN MCFARLAND, PhD (2020), University of Memphis 

JAN HANOUSEK, PhD (2022), University of South Florida 


FRANK ALLEN, BBA (1974), Memphis State University [2021]

BIDISHA CHAKRABARTY, PhD (2004), The State University of New York [2025]

RICHARD MARSH, MBA (1994), University of Memphis [2021]

CHRIS NEELY, PhD (1993), University of Iowa [2021]

 JADE PLANCHON, PhD (2018) University of Memphis [2022]

JARED LINNA, MBA (2010) Auburn University at Montgomery [2023]

BHAVIK PARIKH, PhD (2014) University of Memphis [2025]

LAI XU, PhD (2014) Duke University [2026]

JACOB WATSON, MBA (2011) Duke University [2025]


NOTE: Expiration date of graduate faculty membership is indicated in brackets for Full and External only.