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Nicole (Niki) Boyson

Assistant Professor


Alma Maters: BA Kent State University, MBA Case Western Reserve, Ph.D. Ohio State University
Classes Taught: FINA6212, FINA4604, FINA3303
Countries Traveled To: UK, Switzerland, The Netherlands, Mexico
Companies Worked For: KPMG Peat Marwick, Third Federal Savings Bank, Ernst & Young, Purdue University
What is your style of teaching?
Interactive lectures, in class discussions/mini cases, in class computer projects, generally Socratic
What materials and media do you use in the classroom?
Power Point, many handouts, the chalkboard (a lot!), the occasional movie or video clip, online finance sources (such as Morningstar or Bloomberg)
What is the most engaging assignment you give?
Assignments using actual data from Bloomberg in my fixed income class; virtual stock exchange game in my Investments class, in class computer assignments
When grading a student, what do you look for?
Thoughtfulness, care, attention to detail. Participation, attendance, engagement.
What kind of student would love your class?
Enthusiastic students that are active learners -- those who pay close attention in class and think about questions beyond the scope of the material we cover.
What is one piece of advice you have for students?
In class: Be an active learner. Put away your cellphones! Get to know your profs -- most of us sincerely care about you and want you to succeed.
What area in your field are you most knowledgeable about?
Hedge funds, mutual funds, financial crisis, Federal Reserve Board actions. Anything to do with managed portfolios (buy side)
What is one accomplishment you are proud of?
Publishing a paper in our top journal; more broadly, having my research help people think about things in different ways, including my students.
Are you currently involved in something interesting outside the classroom?
I have two small children (4 and 3), my husband and I are working on renovating our old house, my secret wish is to be a singer or race car driver.
Is there anything else the student should know before taking your class?
If you care about learning the material, I will meet you halfway.

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