Scott Besley

Scott Besley

Associate Professor
Room: BSN 3405
Phone: 813-974-6341

Scott Besley is an associate professor in the Kate Tiedemann School of Business and Finance. 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 co-author 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 Doctor of Business Administration and MBA degrees in the field, along with a bachelor's degree in marketing.


  • FIN 3403 - Principles of Finance
  • FIN 6406 - Financial Management

Recent Research

  • “Information Asymmetry, Information Production, Types of External Financing, and Post-Issue Performance,” with Chris Pantzalis and Bingsheng Yi, Journal of International Financial and Economics, forthcoming.
  • "Board of Director Configurations in Mutual Fund Sponsors: A Board Level Analysis of Performance," with Steve Fraser and Chris Pantzalis, (2007), Advances in Financial Economics, Volume 12, Issues in Corporate Governance and Finance pp. 203-236.
  • "The Reaction of Issuers and Rivals to Private Placements of Common Equity," with Ninon Kohers and Tanja Steigner, (2007), Applied Financial Economics, pp. 559-568.


  • Director and member, boards of directors of the USF Federal Credit Union and CFA of Tampa Bay.
  • Member, Academy of Finance of Hillsborough County Advisory Board.
  • Member, Investment Oversight Committee of the Pinellas County School Board.
  • Member, Financial Management Association Annual Meeting's budget committee.
  • President, Southern Finance Association, 2002.