Financial Education for Securities, Banking, & Insurance Professionals.

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  • Walt Woerheide, PhD, ChFC®, CFP®, is VP of Academics and Dean at The American College. He also serves as the Frank Engle Distinguished Chair in Economic Security Research and Professor of Investments. Before joining the College in 2001, Dr. Woerheide held appointments as a professor of finance at the University of Illinois at Chicago for 10 years, the Univ. of Michigan – Flint for 6 years, and Rochester Institute of Technology for 11 years. He also worked for a year as a Visiting Scholar at the Federal Home Loan Bank Board.

    Dr. Woerheide has served as President of the Academy of Financial Services, an association of people interested in teaching and research in the area of financial planning, and as President of the Midwest Finance Association. He has served as a Judge for the Financial Frontiers Awards given by the Journal of Financial Planning and for the Kenneth Black, Jr., Journal Author Award Program given by the Journal of Financial Service Professionals. He currently serves as an Associate Editor for the Journal of Financial Service Professionals and serves on the Editorial Review Boards of the Journal of Financial Planning, Financial Services Review, and Business Quest.
    In addition to authoring and co-authoring the four most recent editions of The College’s Investments textbook, he has also published Introducing Personal Finance with John Wiley & Sons, and The Savings and Loan Industry: Current Problems and Possible Solutions with Quorum Books. Dr. Woerheide has published nearly 30 articles in various journals including Journal of Financial Service Professionals, Financial Services Review, Financial Counseling and Planning, Journal of Financial Planning, and Journal of Consumer Affairs. He has refereed articles for 16 different journals, served on multiple program committees for professional associations, reviewed numerous textbooks, and serves as an outside referee for promotion and tenure cases.

    Dr. Woerheide earned his PhD and MBA degrees from Washington University, and he has a BA from Brown University.
  • Degrees and Designations

    PhD      (1977)  Washington University, Major: Finance
    MBA     (1972)  Washington University, Concentration: Finance
    BA       (1969)  Brown University, Major: Mathematical Economics
    CFP®   (2006)  CFP Board, Studied at The American College
    ChFC® (2011) The American College

    Accreditation Activities

    Middle States Visitation Team to National Labor College: 2012
    Middle States Visitation Team to Long Island University: 2013
    Accreditation Liaison Officer: 2012 - 2013

    Honors and Appointments

    Council on Education, CFP Board, 2008.
    Sabbatical for Winter Quarter, 1997-98.
    Loaned Executive to United Way of Greater Rochester: Spring 1996.
    Investment Audit Team, Board of Examiners of the Certified Financial Planner Board of Standards, Inc.: 1994-95, 1997, 2002.
    Federal Reserve Bank of New York Central Banking Seminar: 1992.
    Distinguished Faculty Member, Michigan Association of Governing Boards of State Universities: 1990.

  • Introducing Personal Finance. John Wiley & Sons, New York, New York, 2002, 435 pages. Read more.
    The Savings and Loan Industry: Current Problems and Possible Solutions. Quorum Books, Westport, Connecticut, 1984, 216 pages. [Selected for the 21st Annual list of "Outstanding Academic Books" by Choice, May 1985, p. 1289.] Read more.
    Fundamentals of Investments for Financial Planning, Seventh Edition, co-authored with David Nanigian, The American College, Bryn Mawr, Pennsylvania, 2013, 794 pages; Sixth Edition, 2011, 647 pages; Fifth Edition, 2008, 765 pages; Fourth Edition, co-authored with David M. Cordell, 2004, 786 pages; Third Edition, co-authored with David M. Cordell, 2003, 674 pages; Second Edition, co-authored with Robert S. Graber, 2002, 563 pages. 
  • Course Responsibilities:
    HS 328 Investments
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