R.V. and A.F. Oliver Professor of Investment Management

Department of Finance
Pamplin College of Business
Virginia Tech
Blacksburg, VA 24061

Office: Pamplin 1019
Phone: 540-231-5700
Fax: 540-231-3155
E-mail: rkumar@vt.edu

Spring 2015 Teaching Schedule:

FIN 4154 Real Estate Finance T R 12:30p 1:45p PAM 2030
FIN 4154 Real Estate Finance T R 2:00p 3:15p PAM 1008

Spring 2015 Office Hours:

    MW 2:00 - 3:00

Education and Certification:

Ph.D., University of Pittsburgh, 1985
M.B.A., Indian Institute of Management, 1977
B.B.M., Banaras Hindu University, 1974


Dr. Kumar teaches courses in Investments, Derivative Securities, and International Finance in the undergraduate and MBA programs. For excellence in teaching, he has received several teaching awards, including the Virginia Tech Teaching Excellence Award, MBA Outstanding Faculty Award, and the Warren Lloyd Holtzman Outstanding Educator of the Year Award.


Dr. Kumar's areas of research include Investments, Derivative Securities, Financial Markets, Market Microstructure, and Empirical Research Methods in Finance. He has published research articles in several Finance journals including journals such as the Journal of Finance, Journal of Financial Economics, and Journal of Financial and Quantitative Analysis.

Service-Related Contributions:

Dr. Kumar has served the Finance Department and the Pamplin College in a variety of ways including serving as the Director of the Ph.D. program, and serving on the Department and College Promotion and Tenure Committees. He was the Interim Department Head of the Department of Finance from July 2000 to December 2002.