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Interview with T. Clifton Green, Associate Professor of Finance

Professor Green is not your typical professor, but whether that is a testament to his engaging teaching style, accessibility or humor, is a personal interpretation.  

Students who have taken his Corporate Finance class agree that there is no limit to his attentiveness and desire to engage his students. Rishav Kohli, BBA10, says "he is one of the most interesting teachers I have had in my two years at Emory. His unique ability to simplify complex concepts was masterful." Brandon Donnenfeld, BBA10 adds, "Professor Green has an amazing sense of humor, which he injects at every possible chance. It makes for a fun environment for what is often a dry subject."

While Professor Green's humor is a benefit to taking his course, his concern with each student's ability to grasp the material makes him unique. Randi Bernheim, BBA10, comments that he is "always willing to help students in and outside of the classroom. I recall going to his office hours several times and sitting one-on-one with him until I fully understood the material. He has different ways of teaching the same concept to different types of learners." Cara Dorfman, BBA10, was amazed "how so early on in the semester, he had already learned all of the students' names."

As I began to understand the reasons why Professor Green has such a loyal following among the BBAs, I was curious to understand his sources of motivation.

What is your favorite aspect about teaching Corporate Finance?

One of the reasons I like teaching the principles of finance is because I enjoy seeing the light bulbs go on in students' heads as they begin to understand that the financial world is not as complicated as they thought.

What courses are you currently teaching?

I'm teaching a Ph.D class in Behavioral Finance which applies aspects of cognitive psychology to decision making and financial markets.

How does teaching undergraduates differ from teaching Ph.D students?

There's much more math involved in Ph.D level finance courses, but both undergrads and Ph.D students show a genuine interest in learning.

Are you teaching Corporate Finance this Spring?

Yes, this is my tenth year of teaching Corporate Finance.

What is your most memorable teaching moment from the past nine years?

Some of my most memorable moments are when students who showed no early interest in finance change their thinking after my class.

What is the most noticeable transformation that has occurred at Goizueta during your time here?

Our students have always been good. The increased exposure we've had the last few years due to the BusinessWeek undergraduate rankings has been a nice affirmation for our program. Our challenge going forward is to continue to improve the quality and rigor of the program while maintaining the collaborative aspect of the Goizueta community.

What are your research interests?

My research focuses on financial markets. I am particularly interested in how financial security prices are determined and how they respond to new information. One of my research studies that I refer to in class is an examination of how intraday stock prices respond on a second-by-second basis to news stories on CNBC.

What are your goals as a professor and integral part of the Goizueta community?

Our broad goal at Goizueta is to provide students with a rich framework for engaging with the world around them. My hope is to help prepare students for their future whether it's in or outside of finance.

Professor Green recalled an inspiring Professor who helped him write his Senior Thesis, who he never had the chance to thank. So, thank you Professor Green for masterfully painting color into a subject that was once so black and white.

Izabella Elkis, BBA10