The faculty’s depth of research achievement and quality of teaching constitute the strength of the program. The senior faculty are widely recognized as leaders in their contributions to the educational and research growth of the profession. For example, in a 2008 study of “top journal publications,” we came in 13th overall and third among public universities, and U.S. News ranked our research number 6-7 among public universities in 2009, 2011, and 2012. In addition, UF Department of Finance, Insurance and Real Estate faculty serve as officers of national professional organizations and as editors and reviewers at major finance and real estate journals. We are particularly proud of our junior faculty, who are actively researching new theories and expanding the knowledge of our profession.
The University of Florida is unusual in the extent to which faculty and doctoral students work closely with one another to develop each student’s research and teaching skills. This interaction begins with the student’s assignment to work as a research or teaching assistant, and continues in the form of informal contact with individual instructors and other faculty.