Department of Finance
Mr. Turner teaches in the Fall Semester only.
Fall Semester -
2009: Finance 354
MWF - 10:00-11:00am - #3025 - UTC 4.104
MWF - 11:00-12:00pm - #3030 - UTC 4.104
Academic Posts: University of Texas @ Austin - 2004-Present
University of Texas @ Arlington - 1970-1972
Teaching Honors: Faculty Honor Roll - 2008
(awarded by Undergraduate Business Council)
Keys to Succeeding in Finance 354 (PK Fall 2006)
"There are a few keys to succeeding in Finance 354.First, pay really good attention in class. It might sound like stating the obvious, but there are times when I spaced out and didnít hear something subtle that actually ended up on the test. It is a good idea to compare notes with someone elseís because even if you pay good attention, chances are you are going to miss something that will end up on the test. Second, supplement the notes you take in class with reading from the book. The book has a lot of extra things that you will not need to know, but it is definitely a good idea to read the parts that are covered in lecture. Oftentimes the bookís perspective helps solidify a concept covered in class. Third, do not underestimate the tests. After the first test, things become much more difficult. The concepts covered during lecture can sometimes sound simple, but some of the more tricky test questions can twist a ďsimpleĒ concept into something more difficult.
This is why I recommend looking over the book because it will sometimes show you a different perspective than the one you heard during lecture. If you do all this, you should be good for an A."
So You Want an A in Finance 354 !!!! (A.P. - Fall 2008)
"I really enjoyed Finance 354 with Professor Turner. The information you cover is a broad overview and gives you a great foundation for understanding many different tools of Finance. I think the most important thing you can do to get an A and truly understand the material is to go to class. Iím sure you will read several other student suggestions, and I guarantee most will tell you to attend lectures. The reason that going to class is so important to doing well on the tests is that Professor Turner does not stick to the textbook exactly (which is great!) and gives excellent examples that help you to better understand how the material interrelates. There will definitely be test questions that you will only know by hearing the lecture. I had to miss a few lectures for interviews, and it helps to have detailed notes from another student. Another thing that helped me succeed in this class was making note cards. You will notice that a lot of this class is definitions and remembering the difference between certain terms, so making flashcards really helped me with memorization and keeping things clear and simple. Overall, Professor Turner is an excellent teacher who truly cares about his students. If you have any concerns about the class, go and talk to him. I was always impressed at how he wanted to know you as a person, and I know that he is anxious to help you in any way that he can."
Notes from a student letter (Fall 2008)
"First, I want you to know how much I learned from you this semester. I know finance is an important field that is applicable to everyone, but to be honest, I find most of my finance classes boring and narrowly focused. Your class was neither !!!......your class had me thinking of risks and ideas I hadnít thought of before. Throughout the course, I found everything you taught to be important and relevant to me, even if I donít plan on ending up on Wall Street.
I also really loved your teaching style. I appreciate that you use current events to teach, and find meaning for students. You know your audience (literally and figuratively). I have never had a professor at UT who knew almost all of his/her students names!!. You really care about our progress, our goals, and who we are as people. Numerous times I left class so impressed with how many ( and how much about) your students you know.
Overall I couldnít have picked a better finance class to take."
Corporate Experience: Vice President and Treasurer - The Kroger Co. -
Director of Capital Management - The Kroger Co. - 1980-1983
M.A. - University of Memphis - 1970
B.B.A. - Economics - University of Memphis - 1969