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Faculty Spotlight: Steve Poplaski, Ph.D., College of Business

As part of JWU’s MBA faculty housed in a corridor affectionately dubbed, “Wall Street,” Steve Poplaski, Ph.D., CPA, CFP, AICPA, assistant professor, established the Certified Financial Planner Practitioner (CFP) Board Registered Program within the M.S. Finance degree, one of only three such programs in Rhode Island and one of 350 programs recognized nationally. He also serves as JWU’s CFP Board Registered program coordinator for its online offerings and previously for its on-ground courses. Unfortunately, due to low enrollment, the on-ground program was eliminated, an event which in itself, required countless hours of advising current students and guiding potential students.

One of the most difficult courses (and often most dreaded by students) in the MBA program is Financial Reporting and Control – a critical course for the future success of any MBA student. Recognizing this fact, Poplaski provides not only standard office hours each week, but also virtual office hours through ulearn. He has worked with Wendy Aleman in the Academic Success Center to create the first financial advising center by identifying peer tutors for this course, as well as others in the finance concentration, and with the assistance of Lisa Spicola in the JWU Library, he has embedded research training in the advanced finance course to promote evidence-based decision making.

This year, Poplaski served as the primary author of, “Investing in Education: Impact of Student Financial Stress on Self-Reported Health,” published in the peer reviewed Journal of Student Financial Aid. He also served as a secondary researcher for the Journal of Financial Counseling and Planning conducting original research for the article, “Exploring Perceptions of Graduates’ Experiences that Impact CFP Certification: A Multiple Case Inquiry.” In addition, he sits on various editorial boards and education committees and is a member of the American Institute of CPAs, the Academy of Financial Services and the Financial Planning Association.

Outside of the classroom, Poplaski serves on the Faculty Advisory Council, the Scholarship Committee, and the Graduate Speaker Committee. To support the university’s enrollment efforts, he volunteers at JWU open houses and information sessions throughout the year.

He and his wife Maureen reside in Narragansett, RI, and between them, have six children – three boys and three girls. They enjoy going to the beach, biking and playing tennis.

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