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Dr. John Phelps- Assistant Professor - Educator


"Many [students] do have to work to support their education and are able to create flexibility through online classes."

Dr. John Phelps is a professor at the University of Cincinnati. He teaches finance courses online and has extensive experience in economic consulting.

Degrees Held:

  • Ph.D. in Finance – Michigan State University, 1987
  • M.S.W. – University of Cincinnati, 2010
  • M.A. in Economics – Central Michigan University, 1980
  • B.S. in Accounting – Central Michigan University, 1979

Career Highlights:

November 2012-Present

U.S. State Department-sponsored grant to improve the skills of Finance and Economics faculty at Salahaddin University in Erbil, Iraq. Provided course materials and training in student-centered learning. Traveled to Iraq nine times between 2012 and 2015. Current grant includes training trainers in leadership skills, civics, public speaking and grant writing. The prospective trainers are Iraqi alumni that are returning to Iraq.

1991-2014 - Economic Consulting

Expert Witness Testimony: Financial analysis of earnings loss and structured settlements in personal injury, wrongful death, wrongful discharge, paternity and domestic relations cases. Testified as an expert witness in Ohio, Kentucky, West Virginia and Michigan.

Business and Non-Profit Consulting: Small business and new venture business plan development. Non-profit administrative cost reduction planning; transitioning to volunteer/consumer operated organizations.

Which classes do you teach online?

  • FIN7000 – Foundations in Finance
  • FIN7022 – Health Care Finance 1
  • FIN7022 – Health Care Finance 2: Decision Making

Why did you start teaching?

I was asked to enter the master's program in economics by one of my undergraduate professors. The master's program required teaching two classes per semester. I have enjoyed teaching since.

What's the best advice that you ever received?

Don't be afraid to be the best you can be.

What is the best advice that you could give to your students?

Ask questions.

What is the one book you think everyone should read?

All I Really Need to Know I Learned in Kindergarten by Robert Fulghum

What qualities make someone particularly successful in the profession in which you teach?

Loving to learn, and don't be afraid of the math.

What do you think is the biggest challenge that people in the profession face today?

Competing with the distractions that this generation of students have available.

How do you see online learning affecting the future of education?

Campuses will not be eliminated. Some students do not have the discipline to take online classes, but many do have to work to support their education and are able to create flexibility through online classes.

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