About Me

“My memory is nearly gone, but I remember two things very clearly: I am a great sinner and Christ is a great Savior!”
-John Newton, 1807

In reality, those words from John Newton’s final days on this earth are all you need to know about me:  I am a great sinner, but I have a great savior in Jesus Christ.  If you’re interested, here is a little more of my story:

I grew up on a farm outside Summerdale, Alabama.  I became fascinated with financial markets and earned my undergraduate degree in finance from the University of Alabama in 1999.  I then pursued a doctoral degree in finance from the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania, finishing in 2004.  My first academic job was at the Jones School of Business at Rice University, where I spent five years before returning to the University of Alabama in 2009.  In 2016, I felt a strong sense that God was calling me to join the finance faculty at Baylor University.  While God used a variety of things to draw me to Baylor, this line from Baylor’s Pro Futuris document sums them up well: “We hold firm to the conviction that the world needs a preeminent research university that is unambiguously Christian – where such a commitment does not imply a lack of scholarly inquiry, but rather requires scholarship and creative endeavors at the highest levels of quality to complement and inform its teaching and service.”  I wholeheartedly agree, and am thankful to be a part of Baylor University’s mission.

I currently serve as the organizer of the Christian Finance Faculty Association.  For more information on the CFFA, please click here.

You can follow me on twitter @ProfShaneU.  I don’t tweet much original content, I mainly just retweet interesting finance stuff.