Ajay Samant joined Illinois State University as Professor and Dean of the College of Business on July 1, 2016. Prior to that he served as Professor and Dean of the Coggin College of Business at the University of North Florida. Before that he served as Interim Dean, Associate Dean and Department Chair at Western Michigan University. His faculty experience includes progressive service as Assistant Professor, Associate Professor, State Farm Professor and National City Endowed Chaired Professor at Western Michigan University. He holds a Ph.D. from Indiana University.
His research and teaching interests are in the area of Finance, particularly International Finance, Financial Markets and Institutions, and Derivative Securities. His scholarship is published in the Journal of Financial Services Research, International Review of Financial Analysis, International Journal of Banking and Finance, Managerial Finance, and Journal of Global Business, among others.
He has served as Editor of a peer reviewed journal, Managerial Finance, and has been invited to deliver the keynote address at several professional academic conferences. He has also served as a member and chair of peer review teams for the AACSB (Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business). He has been interviewed extensively on television, radio and newspapers for expert opinions in the areas of banking, financial management and business education.