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Michael Yates, Ph.D, is a clinical associate professor of finance in the Haslam College of Business at the University of Tennessee. He received his Ph.D. in Finance at the University of Texas at Austin in 2007 and has previously held the position of clinical assistant professor and faculty director of the MS Finance program at Georgia State University and assistant professor at Auburn University. His labor economics paper “Strike Three: Discrimination, Incentives and Evaluation” was published in the American Economic Review and has been cited in the New York TimesUSA TodayTime.com and elsewhere.

Yates has amassed an impressive collection of accolades for his teaching effectiveness. His research in this area has been published in the International Journal for the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning. He recently received the J. Mack Robinson Faculty Recognition Award for Distinguished Contributions in Teaching at Georgia State and the Top Professor Award for the MS Finance program. He has also been awarded the Fischer Black Distinguished Finance Professor Award from the TFE Times and is a three-time winner of the Colonial Company Teaching Excellence Award, a four-time recipient of the Teacher of the Year Award from the Auburn University FMA student organization and the winner of the Fred Moore Assistant Instructor Award for Teaching Excellence from the University of Texas at Austin.

Michael married his wife Mindy in 2018, and they welcomed a daughter to their family in March of 2020.