Kevin Bracker, Ph.D.Interim Chair/ProfessorGladys A. Kelce College of Business
Kevin Bracker is currently the Interim Chair and Professor of Finance in the Department of Economics, Finance and Banking at Pittsburg State University. He received a Ph.D. in Finance from the University of Kansas in December, 1995, with his doctoral research focusing on understanding and forecasting correlations across international equity markets. Kevin has published in a wide range of academic journals, contributing to the following literature: international equity markets, futures markets, prediction markets, bank risks, the impact of R & D on firm value, and financial education. He received the Kelce School of Business "Excellence in Research" award in 1999 and has participated at professional association conferences, presenting papers, serving as a reviewer, and chairing research presentation seminars. He has also served as a reviewer for several academic journals.
Kevin currently teaches business finance (traditional/online) and investments courses. He has received the "Outstanding Faculty Award" for the College of Business three times (2008, 2010 and 2012), has been nominated by students on several occasions for the University “Outstanding Faculty Award” and received the award (one of three recipients) in 2003. Kevin’s passion as a professor is the opportunity to teach and interact with students in and beyond the traditional classroom. He has published journal articles with students, been a faculty advisor to the PSU Finance Club since arriving at the University in 1995, and served as a faculty mentor to the CFA Institute Research Challenge team starting in the fall of 2011. Kevin earned his Chartered Financial Analyst designation in 2003 and has sponsored several students for CFA Student Scholarships since that time.
Outside of his role as a professor, Kevin is married (Debbi Bracker) and has one daughter (Sarah Bracker). He stays active with a variety of outdoor activities including backpacking (having completed about 1/3 of the nearly 2200 mile Appalachian Trail) and running. He has also been known to spend way too much time in the fall/winter watching NFL football and managing his fantasy football teams.