Senior associate dean returns to research

After one year as associate dean for degree programs, three years as associate dean of academic affairs and an additional three years as senior associate dean, Jeff Fleming is returning full time to research and teaching. The Fayez Sarofim Vanguard Professor of Finance joined the Jones School faculty 20 years ago and teaches courses on Futures and Options in the MBA program.

“Jeff has been the perfect associate dean for academic affairs – dedicated, thoughtful, patient, and sensitive to both faculty and student concerns. While he will be missed as a dean, his return to the faculty is welcomed by his finance colleagues,” said George Kanatas, Jesse H. Jones Professor of Finance and former senior associate dean of academic affairs from 2003 to 2007.

“Jeff and I have worked together for over 20 years. I am happy to have him two doors down again and look forward to our next collaboration,” said Barb Ostdiek, associate professor of finance and academic director of the El Paso Corporation Finance Center. “He took one for the Jones School team when he assumed the job of associate dean, bringing to that role the same careful, analytical approach that makes him a great researcher. Those skills, along with his ability to put himself in another person's shoes, and his sense of humor also make him a great teacher.”

Highly respected by colleagues and staff, Fleming received the Jones Graduate School Excellence in Teaching Award in 2000 and 2003. His research interests include option pricing, implied volatility, volatility modeling, and the role of information flow in financial markets. He has published research articles in the Journal of Finance, the Journal of Financial Economics, the Journal of Financial Econometrics, the Journal of Empirical Finance, and other finance journals. Two of his papers were finalists for the Smith-Breeden Prize awarded annually by the Journal of Finance.

“Jeff has been a major contributor on our path of excellence,” said Dean Bill Glick. “We are proud of the improvements in faculty research productivity, many successful faculty promotions, high profile faculty recruiting, and student accolades for faculty teaching. I will miss his creative insights on faculty affairs, central involvement in strategy formulation, and ability to administratively advance the school's mission. His service to the Jones School is greatly appreciated.”

Fleming earned a Ph.D. in Business Administration (Finance) and an MBA in Finance from Fuqua School of Business at Duke University. While there he was a Fuqua Scholar and earned a General Motors Graduate Fellowship. With an NCAA Postgraduate Scholarship, he graduated Summa cum Laude, Phi Beta Kappa and as an Academic All-American in basketball with a B.A. in economics and business from Cornell College.