Dr. John Martin

Carr P. Collins Chairholder and Professor of Finance

Dr. John Martin

Give yourself permission to learn every day. You can learn something from everyone and every situation you encounter, so be open to the opportunity and thankful.

Degrees Held:

  • PhD – Texas Tech University, 1973
  • MBA – Louisiana Tech University, 1968
  • BBA – Louisiana Tech University, 1967

Career Highlights:

John D. Martin holds the Carr P. Collins chair in Finance in the Hankamer School of Business at Baylor University, where he teaches Baylor MBA programs, and has three times been selected as the outstanding professor. Over his career he has published more than 50 articles in the leading finance journals and is a coauthor of several books, including Financial Management: Principles and Practice (12th edition, Pearson), Foundations of Finance (9th edition Pearson), Valuation: The Art and Science of Corporate Investment Decisions (3rd edition, Prentice Hall) and Value Based Management with Social Responsibility (2nd edition, Oxford University Press). His current research interest focuses on solving America's energy dependence problem as it relates to the economics of unconventional energy sources, and educating entrepreneurs concerning the real costs of venture funding.

Which classes do you teach online?

Business Foundations-Finance (FIN 5203).

What do students learn in your classes? What is the expected outcome?

This class introduces students that have no prior background in finance to the basic tools of financial analysis. The objective of the course is to prepare students to make meaningful contributions to discussions involving the financial consequences of the business decisions. In short, the learning goal of this course is to prepare students to "take a seat at the table" when financial matters are being discussed.

Why did you start teaching?

I wish I could say that I had a grand strategy to become a university professor, but I didn't. The one theme that has carried through my professional life has been the joy of learning. The joy of learning led me to do well in my classes, to tutor others, to continue my studies through two graduate degrees, to follow school with an academic teaching career, and to become an author of both academic papers and teaching materials. In fact, I am proud to say that my oldest text is now in its 13th edition!

What's the best advice that you could give your students?

Dig deeper than is required to do well on an exam. You truly learn when you make the material yours and this requires a depth of understanding far deeper than test taking.

What is the one book you think everyone should read?

Fooled by Randomness by Nassim Nicholas Taleb.

What qualities make someone particularly successful in the area in which you teach?

Perseverance. In addition, give yourself permission to learn every day. You can learn something from everyone and every situation you encounter, so be open to the opportunity and thankful.

What do you think is the biggest challenge that people in the profession face today?

Change. No matter what your field of interest may be, the pace of change is a challenge. This means that the security of "having made it" may be ever more elusive, so remain flexible and always open to new opportunities.

Tell us something your students may not know about you:

I'm learning to play the stand-up bass, singing for the first time, and playing with a group of friends.

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