Professor Vickie Bajtelsmit joined the Department of Finance and Real Estate in 1991. She has previously served as the Chair of the department and as the Director of the MS program in Financial Risk Management. Over the years, she has taught a wide variety of undergraduate and graduate finance courses, including financial planning, investments, corporate finance, insurance, risk management, and entrepreneurial finance. She holds a Ph.D. in Insurance and Risk Management from the University of Pennsylvania’s Wharton School of Business, a J.D. from Rutgers University School of Law, and a B.A. from the University of Virginia.
Dr. Bajtelsmit is the author of three personal finance textbooks Personal Finance: Skills for Life (2006), Personal Finance: Managing Your Money and Building Wealth (2008), and Visualizing Personal Finance (forthcoming 2015) and has published numerous articles and book chapters on topics related retirement, insurance, investing, and personal financial planning. Her current research-in-progress includes projects related to individual risk management and insurance decision-making, longevity risk management, retirement wealth drawdown, and enterprise risk management. Previous professional accomplishments include service as the President of the American Risk and Insurance Association (2010), President of the Risk Theory Society (2010), and President of the Academy of Financial Services (2004) as well as other board positions in those organizations. For several years, she was a personal finance columnist for the Fort Collins Coloradoan. She currently serves on the Boards of Directors for the Jump$tart Coalition for Personal Financial Literacy and Junior Achievement of Northern Colorado and participates actively in several Society of Actuaries research groups.