College Of Business Administration Associate Professor Announced Kent State Scholar Of The Month

KENT, OHIO - MARCH 7, 2016

Kent State’s College of Business Administration has recognized Xiaoling Pu, Ph.D., associate professor of finance, as the March 2016 Scholar of the Month.

“Dr. Pu is an obvious choice for this honor,” said Deborah F. Spake, dean of the College of Business Administration. “She truly exemplifies the mission of the College of Business Administration through her innovative research and publications.”

Pu received a Ph.D. in finance from the University of Massachusetts at Amherst in 2008. Her current research interests include credit risk, credit derivatives, credit markets and investments. Her research articles are published in journals such as the Journal of Financial Economics, Journal of Banking and Finance and the Journal of Fixed Income.

“Her research is at the cutting edge of risk management models, and the techniques she develops and the evidence she uncovers help the Finance discipline better measure and manage skills,” said Steven Dennis, Firestone Chair of Corporate Finance at Kent State University.

Her research includes valuation of fixed income securities, capital arbitrage strategies across equity and debt markets and liquidity risk. Recently, her studies investigate the ownership structure in entrepreneurial firms, relation between accounting information risk and credit risk and impact of strategic alliance on stock returns in the pharmaceutical industry.

“Dr. Xiaoling Pu has had a very impressive last few years,” said Dennis. “She has published in several top ten journals in our field, including a publication in one of the top two journals. She has accomplishments that significantly boost the reputational capital of Kent State and the College of Business.”

Pu, who joined Kent State in 2008, holds the Olga A. Mural Risk Management Fund Associate Professorship. She has also recently received the “Best Paper Award in Derivatives” from the 2015 Eastern Finance Association annual meeting.

Kent State’s Scholar of the Month recognizes faculty and scholars whose recent works has had an important impact on their professional fields and has brought exposure to the university. Each month, a different college has the opportunity to nominate a researcher/scholar for this recognition.

The selection process is in the hands of the dean and his or her colleagues and faculty. The nomination criteria include a publication of research in refereed journals, presentation at invited lectures and national/international meetings and major grant or fellowship support.

Kent State University’s College of Business Administration is fully accredited by the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business International (AACSB) and one of the largest colleges of business in Ohio.  The college has more than 4,300 students representing 50 countries with over 89 full-time faculty from 16 countries.

The college grants undergraduate through graduate degrees, and is one of only three colleges in Ohio with a comprehensive Ph.D. program.  The MBA program is offered with nine concentrations and five dual degree options. The Executive MBA program offer two tracks: one targeting corporate professionals and the other healthcare executives.  The M.S. in Accounting and M.A. in Economics are specialized master’s degrees for those seeking advanced study in these disciplines.  The college boasts nine undergraduate majors, 12 minors and a Professional Sales Certificate program.

The college is listed as a Best Business School by Princeton Review, ranked as a Best Business College by U.S. News and World Report, one of only 23 accounting programs worldwide to beendorsed by the IMA (Institute of Management Accountants), ranked Top-Tier for Executive Education in North America by CEO Magazine and ranked fourth by the SEF (Sales Education Foundation) in Ohio for Professional Sales Education.

The college boasts an onsite Career Services Center and International Programs Office dedicated to business students, and operates the Global Management Center, the Center for Information Systems and the Center for Entrepreneurship and Business Innovation all propelling scholarly research, establishing innovative industry partnerships and providing outreach to Northeast Ohio and beyond.

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POSTED: Monday, March 7, 2016 - 12:00am
UPDATED: Tuesday, August 9, 2016 - 8:20am