Dr. Michael Long

Arthur G. Vieth Professor of Finance

Dr. Michael Long

"I think you really need to enjoy what you are doing. I also show a lot of patience with my students. I want to make them feel comfortable asking questions."

Dr. Michael Long, Arthur G. Vieth Professor of Finance at UTC, has over 25 years of teaching experience along with work experience as an economist.

Degrees held:

  • PhD in Finance — University of Kentucky
  • MS in Economics — University of Kentucky
  • BA in Economics — University of North Carolina at Charlotte

Career highlights:

Over 25 years teaching experience; 22 publications in peer reviewed journals; named Arthur G. Vieth Professor of Finance; Performed a feasibility study for a unified dispatch service for Hamilton County 911 Emergency Services; worked as an Economist for the Kentucky Public Service Commission.

Why did you start teaching?

When completing my undergraduate degree I worked for a professor who encouraged me to pursue a Ph.D. While getting my degree I got a chance to teach and loved it. I did work as an economist for 3 years before completing my doctorate. I knew that teaching was much more fulfilling and it made me feel like I was giving back.

What's the best advice that you ever received?

There is never a stupid question...so don't be afraid to ask what you don't understand.

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

See above...and also if you find something is not working, then try something different!

What is the one book you think everyone should read?

Free to Choose by Milton Friedman

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

I think you really need to enjoy what you are doing. I also show a lot of patience with my students. I want to make them feel comfortable asking questions.

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

The willingness to accept change. You have to be willing to move with the times; stay on top of the new technology; current events.

How do you see online learning affecting the future of education?

Overall I think online learning is a positive. I believe it provides people who cannot attend the traditional classroom settings an opportunity to meet their education goals. The negative is you do not get a chance to interact directly with other students and the professor (which is something I enjoy).

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