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Finance faculty members earn honorable distinctions

April 17, 2014, Christie Mitchell

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Dr. Xiaoxin Beardsley and Dr. Jason Greene

The SIU College of Business is honored to name Dr. Jason Greene the Henry J. Rehn Professor of Finance and Dr. Xiaoxin Wang Beardsley the Hamilton Family Faculty Fellow in Finance. 

Dr. Greene’s dedication to the SIU College of Business and his students reflects his passion for research and teaching.  His research concentrates on financial markets and portfolio management.  He is a nationally recognized expert on financial markets and mutual fund flows.  Recently, he co-authored the first textbook targeted toward student investment funds, “Trading and Money Management In a Student-Managed Portfolio,” which was published in 2013.

Dr. Greene’s students directly benefit from his expertise by participating in the Saluki Student Investment Fund (SSIF) and the Graduate Student Investment Fund (GSIF), for which he volunteers his time as the faculty advisor.  The SSIF has outperformed 90 percent of professional investors with their $1.2 million portfolio.  The success of the fund contributed to the creation of the GSIF.  Dr. Greene has published in leading academic journals such as the Journal of Finance, Journal of Financial Economics, Review of Financial Studies, Journal of Banking and Finance, Journal of Financial Intermediation, Financial Management, Journal of Portfolio Management, and Journal of Financial Markets, among others. 

His research has been cited in numerous nationally distributed newspapers and financial magazines including the New York Times, USA Today, Wall Street Journal, and London’s Financial Times.  He has also appeared on CNBC.  In addition to his dedication to teaching and his exemplary research, Dr. Greene has served as an expert consultant and witness in cases involving security valuation, insider trading, and trading of mutual funds.

Dr. Greene earned his undergraduate degree with Honors in economics and mathematics at Rhodes College in 1991 and earned his Ph.D. in finance at Indiana University in 1996.  He served three years in the investment management industry as vice president and senior investment officer at INTECH Investment Management before returning to academia.  

Dr. Greene said, “I am pleased and honored to be named the Henry J. Rehn Professor of Finance.  This award will inspire me to further strive for excellence in my research efforts and to persist in contributing to the College of Business.”

Dr. Beardsley conducts research in market microstructure and the implication of market microstructure on asset pricing and investment.  She also focuses on Electronic Communication Networks (ECN), Exchange Traded Funds (ETF), and mutual funds.

Her research has appeared in leading academic journals such as the Journal of Financial Markets and the Journal of Financial Intermediation.  Her work has also been presented at highly regarded conferences such as the American Finance Association Meeting, Western Finance Association Meeting, National Bureau of Economic Research – Journal of Financial Markets, Market Microstructure Meeting, and Chicago Board of Trade Asian Pacific Futures Research Symposium.

She was also a recipient of the Morgan Stanley Equity Market Microstructure Research Grant.  Besides research, Dr. Beardsley is an esteemed and enthusiastic instructor teaching both undergraduate and graduate courses in investment and financial management.  In 2011, she earned the SIU Excellence through Commitment “Outstanding Teacher Award” and the “Undergraduate Teacher of the Year” award for the SIU College of Business.

A native of northeastern China, Dr. Beardsley was born and raised in the city of Anshan in Liaoning Province.  She earned a bachelor’s degree in finance from Tsinghua University in Beijing, China in 1997 and a Ph.D. in finance from The Pennsylvania State University in 2003.

Dr. Beardsley stated, “I am honored to have been named the Hamilton Family Faculty Fellow.  This recognition has motivated me to work harder to conduct cutting-edge research in financial markets, excel in classroom teaching and be of service to the SIU College of Business and my students.  I am very grateful for the generosity of Mr. Ed Hamilton, Mrs. Monica Hamilton, and family.”