Dr. Edward Graham, Finance Professor
"If a student is at a point in her or his career where a physical presence at one university or another is just not practical, then the online program at UNCW offers an invaluable option."
- Ph.D. in Finance and Statistics – University of South Carolina, 1998
- Post Graduate Studies in Accounting – University of North Florida, 1982
- MBA in Economics – University of North Florida, 1979
- B.S. in Commerce – Washington and Lee University, 1978
- Assistant, Associate and Full Professor at UNCW, 1998-present
- Earned tenure at UNCW in 2003, became a full professor in 2011
- Author of a textbook and sundry book chapters
- Published in such journals as the “Journal of Investing,” “The Appraisal Journal,” “Journal of Economics and Finance,” “Journal of Housing Research,” “Journal of Financial Education” and many others
- Have taught and guest-lectured at schools in Germany, Vietnam and Spain
- Continuing research into hurricane risk and storm mitigation
In which online programs do you teach?
Which class do you teach online?
Corporate Finance, Graduate Finance, Real Estate Investment
What types of projects can online students expect in your course?
- Group projects in real estate investment analysis
- Comprehensive individual projects in corporate finance
What do you want students to learn in these courses? What is the expected learning outcome?
With the broad and general finance classes, the student is expected to understand the interplay of the financial and capital markets and traditional theory describing the behavior of those markets. An appreciation of current matters in finance is expected, as well.
With the real estate classes, an understanding and appreciation of the inefficiencies of the real estate markets is expected as the course develops. An application of the student's evolving understanding of real estate investments and real estate finance with a group project serves as the capstone of the course.
Why did you start teaching?
Frankly, I was attracted to teaching at the university level after discussions with graduate and undergraduate faculty members in my early to mid-30s. At a turning point in my life, they told me—independently—that they were extremely fulfilled with their career choices, and they remarked on their beliefs in my ability to enter their chosen profession. Taking their advice, I entered a Ph.D. program at South Carolina in the fall of 1992.
What advice would you give to those considering this online program?
The capacity of a student to "self-start" is key. Most students are able to "climb that wall," but some climb it much better than others. If a student is at a point in her or his career where a physical presence at one university or another is just not practical, then the online program at UNCW offers an invaluable option for a student to continue her or his career development (alongside fulfilling family duties) without the need to "stop everything" and travel to one university or another to complete an MBA, PMBA or EMBA.
What is the one book you think everyone should read?
“Catcher in the Rye”
Tell us something interesting about yourself that your students might not know.
Stepping in front of a new class, online or on campus, scares the heck out of me. But, I have learned that if I can just "suit up and show up," much of the problem is solved and the fear abates. I may seem endlessly confident in front of a camera, computer screen or classroom, but it is not as easy as it may look!