G. RODNEY THOMPSON
Professor of Finance
Department of Finance
Pamplin College of Business
Blacksburg, VA 24061
Office: Pamplin 1025
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Education and Certification
Ph.D., University of Florida, 1976
M.A., University of Florida, 1973
B.S., University of Alabama at Birmingham, 1972
Winner of the Wine Award for Teaching Excellence, three-time winner of the University Certificate of Teaching Excellence, and a five-time winner of the College Teaching Excellence Award, Dr. Thompson is an outstanding teacher, currently teaching International Finance. He has taught many different courses at both the undergraduate level and graduate level. He has developed and/or taught in more than a dozen Executive and Professional Development Programs and has been a visiting professor of Finance at Isik University in Istanbul in 1998 and 1999, and a Visiting Scholar to Intrabrand Ltd in Alberton, South Africa.
Dr. Thompson is an active participant in Study Abroad programs. In 2004 he received the College's Excellence in International Programs award (joint with James E. Littlefield) and in 2006 he received the University's Alumni Award for Excellence in International Education. His current activities include teaching students every fall in Riva San Vitale, Switzerland. He led summer study abroad groups to Asia from 2000 through 2008 and to South Africa from 2002 through 2008. In the past, he has led student groups to Switzerland, the Czech Republic, Thailand, Hong Kong, China, Vietnam, Cambodia, South Africa, Swaziland, Russia, Italy, France, Germany, England, Austria, and Hungary. He has made numerous presentations on Financial Markets and Instruments internationally, including several in Turkey, Lithuania, and Russia.
Dr. Thompson's research has contributed to our understanding of why and when companies issue new equity and debt. His other research has focused on foreign direct investment and privatization. He has many publications in high quality journals such as the Journal of Finance and Review of Economics and Statistics.
Prior to graduate study, Dr. Thompson worked for Litton Industries as a Contract Administrator for the Power Transmission Division and as a Metallurgical Analyst for the Blast Furnace Division at U.S. Steel.
Dr. Thompson was the Interim Department Head during 1991-92. He has served on the Faculty Senate, chaired the University Employee Benefits Committee, served on the Commission on Outreach and International Affairs, currently serves on the University's Graduate Specialization Committee, and has chaired several college and departmental committees.
Dr. Thompson is a past President and Member of the Board of Directors of the Southern Finance Association. He has participated on various high level committees of the Southern Finance Association, Financial Management Association, and Eastern Finance Association.