Dr. R. Brian Balyeat joined the Xavier faculty in the fall of 2004. He was the department chair from 2010 to 2015. Prior to joining Xavier, he taught at Texas A&M for six years. He received his B.A. in mathematics and economics from Rhodes College in 1989, an MBA from Duke's Fuqua School of Business in 1994, and a Ph.D. in finance from Duke in 1998. His teaching interests include derivatives, investments, and introductory corporate classes. His research is focused in derivatives, asset pricing, investments, and financial education. He has published in journals such as Review of Futures Markets, The Financial Review, Journal of Futures Markets, Journal of Business Finance and Accounting, Journal of Financial Education, and Advances in Financial Education. He received the MBA Professor of the Program award for the Deerfield campus in 2011 and 2013 and for the West Chester campus in 2011, 2014, 2015, and 2016. Prior to entering academia, he was a financial analyst for First Tennessee Bank for three years where he earned his Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA) designation. While at Xavier, Dr. Balyeat has received two Downing Awards to help fund student research and a student athlete Faculty Appreciation award. Additionally, Dr. Balyeat currently serves as the Faculty Mentor for the women’s Volleyball Team and as the faculty co-chair for the Managerial Accounting System (MAS).