Mark Pyles, Ph.D.

Professor of Finance, Director of SB Investment Program

Address: Beatty 414
Office Hours: By appointment
Phone: 843.953.7991
Curriculum Vitae: Download


University of Kentucky - Lexington, Kentucky
Ph.D., Finance, 2005

Eastern Kentucky University - Richmond, Kentucky
B.B.A., Finance, 2001

University of Kentucky - Lexington, Kentucky
M.S., Economics, 2004

Research Interests

Corporate Liquidity

Financial Constraints

Behavioral Finance

Real Estate Investment Trusts

Financial Education

Courses Taught

Financial Modeling (MBA)

Applied Portfolio Management I and II

Investment Analysis

Intermediate Business Finance

Business Finance       

Honors and Awards

Outstanding Faculty for the School of Business, College of Charleston Excel Awards, 2018.

Howard F. Rudd, Jr. Faculty Member of the Year, 2017-2018.


Journal Publications 

“GIPS and Hedge Funds: Is Compliance a Certification Agent?” with Luke Foster and Thanh Ngo. (2021) Journal of Alternative Investments, forthcoming.

“Examining Portfolios Created by Bloomberg ESG Scores: Is Disclosure an Alpha Factor?” (2020) Journal of Impact and ESG Investing, 1(2), 39-52.

“A Dual Portfolio Approach to a Student Managed Fund,” with Daniel Huerta-Sanchez. (2020) Managerial Finance, 46 (5), 675-684.

“Equity versus Asset Acquisitions in the REIT Market,” with Daniel Huerta-Sanchez and Thanh Ngo. (2020) Journal of Real Estate Research, 42 (1), 1-35.

“An Impact of Simulation Activity on Student Performance,” with Steven D. Dolvin.  (2018) Journal of Economics and Economic Education Research, 19(3).

“Financial Constraint and Cash Holdings in the REIT Industry,” with Hinh Khieu. (2018) Journal of Real Estate Portfolio Management, 24 (2), 135-150.

“The Impact of Market Conditions on Voting Results in Student-Managed Funds,” with Ariel Benton and Daniel Huerta-Sanchez. (2018) The Journal of Trading, 13 (1), 72-79. 

“The Influence of a Credit Rating Change on Dividend and Investment Policy Interactions,” with Hinh Khieu. (2016) The Financial Review 51 (4), 579 – 611.

“Cutural Influences on Risk Tolerance and Portfolio Creation,” with Yongping Li, Shifang Wu, and Steven D. Dolvin. (2016) Journal of Behavioral and Experimental Finance, 9, 43-55.

“Seeking Alphas from Underperforming Stocks: the Perspective of Corporate Governance,” with Weishen Wang. (2014) Journal of Investing, 23 (3), 23-34.

“How Entrenched Managers Beat Earnings Expectations Before and After SOX,” with Weishen Wang, Rachel Graefe-Anderson, and Dongnyoung Kim.  (2014) Quarterly Review of Economics and Finance, 54 (1), 82-91.

“Large Investment, Financial Constraint, and Capital Structure,” with Hinh D. Khieu and Manfen W. Chen. (2014) Quarterly Journal of Finance and Acccounting, 51 (3/4), 71-106.

“Rewards to Meet Market Expectations: Evidence of Stock Market Sophistication,” with Weishen Wang and Rachel Graefe-Anderson. (2014) The Journal of Accounting and Finance, 14 (1), 174-185.

Book Publications

Applied Corporate Finance: Making Value-Enhancing Decisions in the Real World. 2nd Edition. (2021) New York: Springer Texts in Business and Economics.  Hardcover ISBN: 978-3030816308

Applied Corporate Finance: Questions, Problems, and Making Decisions in the Real World. (2014) New York: Springer Texts in Business and Economics.  Hardcover ISBN: 978-1-4614-9172-9; E-book ISBN: 978-1-4614-9173-6.

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