Pair join Department of Finance faculty
at OSU’s Spears School of Business

by Spears School News Staff 
(August 18, 2014 at 4:34 pm)

Finance-166-KTwo new professors are joining the Department of Finance in the Spears School of Business for the 2014-15 school year. Joining the Spears School faculty are Shu Yan and Jun Zhang.

“We are excited to have Drs. Yan and Zhang join our internationally recognized faculty and provide instruction for our leading edge programs in finance at the undergraduate and graduate levels,” said John Polonchek, head of the Department of Finance. “We expect both to make significant contributions to the teaching and research mission of the Department of Finance.”

Shu Yan

Shu Yan

Yan, who will be an assistant professor and teach undergraduate and master derivative securities in the Department of Finance at Oklahoma State University, was previously on the faculty at the Eller College of Business at the University of Arizona and the Moore School of Business at the University of South Carolina.

He has published in the top finance journals, including the Journal of Financial Economics, the Journal of Business, and the Review of Economics and Statistics. He has won awards at the Southern Finance Association annual meeting, Australasian Finance & Banking Conference, and the Crowell Prize paper competition sponsored by PanAgora Asset Management.

Jun Zhang

Jun Zhang

Yan earned his bachelor’s degree in mathematics from Nankai University in China, and received a doctoral degree in mathematics from the University of California at San Diego in 1995 and a doctoral degree in finance from the University of California at Los Angeles in 2000. His research interests include financial markets, asset pricing, and risk management.

Zhang, who will teach corporate finance and investments as an assistant professor, joins the Spears School’s finance faculty after receiving his doctoral degree from Texas A&M University. He earned both his bachelor’s and master’s degrees in materials science from Wuhan University of Technology, China, and a doctoral degree in physics from the Institute of Physics, Chinese Academy of Sciences. His research interests include corporate finance, corporate governance, institutional investors, and financial markets.