Katherine Spiess is serving her first term as Associate Dean for Graduate Programs. Her research has focused on the stock market impact of security offerings, and her teaching interests are mergers and acquisitions, corporate risk management, and real options. She earned her B.S. and her Ph.D. from the University of Missouri. Her distinctions and awards include an All Star Paper recognition from the Journal of Financial Economics, a Kaneb Teaching Award, Outstanding Teacher in the MS-Management program and in the MS-Finance program, and a BP Amoco Outstanding Teacher Award.