Department Head, Professor, David E. Sharp/Home Federal Bank of Tennessee Professor in Banking and Finance, and Research Fellow, Corporate Governance Center
428 Stokely Management Center
Department of Finance
The University of Tennessee
Knoxville, TN 37996
Dr. Tracie Woidtke is the David E. Sharp/Home Federal Bank of Tennessee Professor in Banking and Finance. She is also the Charles and Dorothy Duggan Faculty Research Fellow and a Neel Corporate Governance Center Research Fellow at the University of Tennessee and has served as the Director of the Finance Ph.D. program. She received both an undergraduate degree in mathematics & computer science and an MBA from Millsaps College. She attended Queen’s University in Canada as a Rotary Scholar and received a Ph.D. in Finance from Tulane University. Prior to coming to the University of Tennessee, Tracie served on the faculty at Texas A&M University.
Dr. Woidtke’s research focuses on issues related to corporate governance. She is particularly interested in examining corporate governance mechanisms, both internal and external to firms, and their implications for corporations, investors and public policy makers. Dr. Woidtke’s recent research analyzes the efficacy of recent developments in the corporate governance landscape, many of which have arisen due to the perceived lack of effective corporate governance mechanisms. These developments include: (1) the launching of “withhold vote” campaigns against directors up for re-election to a firm’s board by large shareholders who are dissatisfied with director responsiveness to poor CEO and firm performance, (2) the Securities Offering Reform promulgated by the Securities and Exchange Commission in 2005 to smooth capital formation by easing disclosure restrictions on firms prior to the issue of seasoned equity among other things, and (3) the controversial rise of shareholder activism by institutional investors characterized as having special interests different than shareholder wealth maximization. Her research has been published in leading finance and accounting journals including the Journal of Financial Economics, the Journal of Financial and Quantitative Analysis, the Journal of Accounting and Economics, the Journal of Banking and Finance, the Journal of Corporate Finance and the Journal of Financial Intermediation. Dr. Woidtke’s research has been presented at the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission, the Manhattan Institute’s Proxy Monitor Conference and referenced in numerous reports and articles on corporate governance. She has served as a panelist for Special Sessions on Corporate Governance at the Financial Management Association Meetings in Chicago and New York, served as a panelist for the CFO Forum on Shareholder Activism at the University of Washington and is a Drexel University Corporate Governance Fellow.
Dr. Woidtke has taught corporate finance at the undergraduate, honors, MBA, Ph.D. and executive levels and was awarded the College of Business Administration Allen H. Keally Outstanding Teacher Award in 2007 and the College of Business Administration Southern-Peters Outstanding Research Award in 2008.
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