Scott Besley is an associate professor and chair of the College of Business' Finance Department. He teaches the major's principles course as well as graduate courses in investments, working capital management, and financial markets, among others. He often teaches in the College's program in Singapore.
He is an expert in the areas of corporate finance, working capital management, and investment analysis. He has published numerous research articles in academic journals and is the coauthor of two leading textbooks in finance that are used at universities around the world.
A USF faculty member since 1982, Besley studied finance at Florida State University, earning DBA and MBA degrees in the field, along with a BS in marketing. He is a director on the boards of the USF Federal Credit Union and CFA of Tampa Bay. He is also a member of the advisory board of the Academy of Finance of Hillsborough County and the Investment Oversight Committee of the Pinellas County School Board.
- FIN 3403 - Principles of Finance
- FIN 6406 - Financial Management
- "Board of Director Configurations in Mutual Fund Sponsors: A Board Level Analysis of Performance," with Steve Fraser and Chris Pantzalis, Advances in Financial Economics, Volume 12, Issues in Corporate Governance and Finance (2007) pp. 203-236.
- "The Reaction of Issuers and Rivals to Private Placements of Common Equity," with Ninon Kohers, and Tanja Steigner, Applied Financial Economics, (April 2007) pp. 559-568.
He is a director on the boards of the USF Federal Credit Union and CFA of Tampa Bay. He is also a member of the advisory board of the Academy of Finance of Hillsborough County and the Investment Oversight Committee of the Pinellas County School Board.