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Rotman Finance Professor Honoured as an Outstanding B-School Professor

March 27, 2017

Toronto, ON – A finance professor who excels in the classroom as well as in his research on financial economics at the University of Toronto’s Rotman School of Management has been named as one of the Most Outstanding Top 40 Under 40 B-School Professors in the annual feature published by the business education site Poets&Quants.

Mikhail (Mike) Simutin, an assistant professor of finance, teaches a first-year finance course in the Rotman Full Time MBA program, while also conducting world-class research.

“The MBA course is widely regarded as a difficult and challenging course by students but also a highly valuable learning experience – for both students interested in pursuing a career in finance and those who want to do something else,” says Prof. Craig Doidge, “Comments by students consistently highlight the learning experience, the practical value of the course, and Prof. Simutin’s excellent instruction and dedication to teaching.”

“Prof. Simutin’s teaching style allowed me to quickly grasp even the most complicated concepts and build further interest in learning more about this field. His passion for finance and teaching was evident throughout the course, and he always ensured that all questions were welcomed and students felt inspired,” says Dina Nikitina, MBA’17.

In his research, Prof. Simutin primarily focuses on studying institutional money management and understanding risks that affect asset prices. His current work extends to the area of corporate finance, where he is studying gender pay gap in a corporate setting. Specifically, he is using a novel data to understand the impact of CEO’s exposure to gender imbalance in his/her formative years. Prof. Simutin’s research has been published in leading finance journals, including the Journal of Finance, the Review of Financial Studies, and the Journal of Financial Economics.

He has been the recipient of several grants and awards. His recent research was honoured with a 2016 Best Paper Award by the Review of Asset Pricing Studies. Each of the last three years, Prof. Simutin was voted MBA Core Instructor of the Year by the Rotman School’s graduating class. His research has been presented at numerous academic conferences, and he has been frequently invited to speak to private sector financial firms.

Prof. Simutin holds a PhD in finance from the University of British Columbia’s Sauder School of Business. He graduated Magna Cum Laude from the University of Washington in 2004, with a BA in business administration and a concentration in finance and accounting.

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University of Toronto
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