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Jack Trifts, Ph.D.
Title: Professor, Department of Finance
Phone: (401) 232-6976
Education: Ph.D., Finance/Econometrics, University of Florida; Finance/Accounting, M.S. Dalhousie University; B.S. Accounting, University of New Brunswick
Jack Trifts has had a distinctive career as a researcher and academic administrator but there’s one venue he enjoys the most: the classroom.
“The heart of great education, and a Bryant education, is a close and active relationship between students and faculty,” Trifts says, “with faculty lecturing less and coaching more. Our students learn by doing – making a spreadsheet, presenting their work, leading a discussion.”
This philosophy drives Trifts’ work as a member of the planning committee for Bryant’s Academic Innovation Center slated to open in 2016. With its whiteboard walls, flexible seating, and small group study spaces, the innovation center will promote active learning.
Trifts’ contributions to the field of finance are noteworthy. His most recent research with collaborator Gary E. Porter, Ph.D., Associate Professor of Finance at John Carroll University's Boler School of Business, examines the career paths of mutual fund managers. Their latest findings on the role of merit appear in the Financial Analysts Journal (Vol. 70 No. 4).
At the graduate level, Trifts teaches Managing Financial Resources to MBA students. He’s known for “flipping” the classroom: His lectures are presented online, not in the classroom, a technique that tends to yield more student-faculty engagement during class time.
“Education is not just about learning facts,” he says. “I want to spend more time pushing the students to think about real issues” – including how financial markets and the tools of finance work throughout a business enterprise. “In my class, we may be in the middle of a case, but I want to talk about how it relates to marketing and operations.”