Finance Faculty

Dr. Annie Wong

Full Professor, Chair

Office: WS 141

Phone: (203) 837-8577


Annie Wong earned a B.B.A. degree in Management from the Shue Yan College in Hong Kong, an M.B.A. degree from the University of Alabama, and a Ph.D. degree in Finance from the State University of New York at Buffalo.  She is currently Chair and Professor of the Department of Finance at the Ancell School of Business at Western Connecticut State University.  Dr. Wong has taught courses with extensive applications of computer technology in the MBA program for several years, and is currently teaching in the undergraduate program.  Her research expertise is in the area of rate regulation for public utilities. Her work has been cited in numerous State court proceedings and by Canadian organizations.  She has also done research on foreign firms that had switched their listings from one stock exchange to another in the U.S.  She has presented many research papers at professional conferences and has published in refereed journals in the areas of investments and corporate finance.  Dr. Wong has served as a reviewer for the Journal of Applied Business Research, Journal of Management Research, and Journal of Financial and Economic Practice.  She has also reviewed many chapters for various finance textbooks.  Dr. Wong received several grants for academic research and curriculum development.  She was winner of the Best Presenter Award from the Global Management & Information Technology Research Conference in 2008 and in 2010, and was the recipient of the Outstanding Faculty Member Award (Ancell School of Business) in 2007 and 2008. 

Dr. Joel Goldstein

Full Professor

Office: WS 384

Phone: (203) 837-9341


Joel Goldstein is currently Professor of Finance at the Ancell School of Business.  Dr. Goldstein was granted a B.B.A. from The City University of New York, an M.S. from New York University, and a Ph.D. from Polytechnic Institute of New York.  Before joining the Ancell School of Business he worked extensively in the area of quantitative analysis for companies in the financial services industry.  He led a financial analysis group at Goldman Sachs, was Director of Corporate Management Science at American Express, and was a Vice President at Citicorp, North America Investment Bank.  Prior to joining Western Connecticut State University, Dr. Goldstein taught undergraduate and graduate courses as an adjunct professor at Adelphi University, Pace University, New York University, and the University of New Haven.  At the Ancell School of Business, Dr. Goldstein teaches courses in business statistics, quantitative methods in finance, corporate finance, investment analysis, and fixed income securities.  He has written and co-authored several papers dealing with Input-Output accounting techniques, advanced forecasting techniques, and simulation models for forecasting time series.  Dr. Goldstein has also edited a finance textbook titled, Quant Methods in Finance, Thomson Publishing.  His current areas of interest include fixed income securities, Monte Carlo simulation, and the use of optimization techniques in finance.

Courses taught

Dr. Chin-Wen Huang

Assistant Professor

Office: WS 136

Phone: (203) 837-3929


Dr. Huang earned an MS in Finance from Saint Louis University and a Ph.D. in Financial Economics from The Graduate Center, The City University of New York. Before entering academia, she worked in the financial industry as a financial analyst and a money market trader. She taught at Edinboro University of Pennsylvania and The City University of New York prior to taking her present position on the faculty of Western Connecticut State University. She teaches finance courses at both the undergraduate and graduate levels.

Her research interests include quantitative methods and portfolio management. Dr. Huang’s research has appeared in many scholarly journals including Review of Quantitative Finance and Accounting, Banking and Finance Review, International Journal of Business and Finance Research, American Journal of Business Education, and The Empirical Economics Letters. Dr. Huang has also served as a reviewer for the Journal of Future Markets, Asia-Pacific Journal of Risk and Insurance, International Journal of Economics and Finance, Journal of International and Interdisciplinary Business Research, and the Pennsylvania Economics Review. Dr. Huang currently serves as an associate editor at International Review of Business Research Papers. She has been awarded a number of grants for research and for applications of technology in the classroom. 

In addition to her teaching and research, Dr. Huang is the faculty advisor for the Finance Club. 

Dr. Lai Van Vo

Assistant Professor

Office: WS 104


Dr. Vo obtained a Master of Science in Finance from University of Colorado at Denver and a Ph.D. degree in finance from Louisiana State University. Before entering academia, he worked as a business specialist at SOTRANS, a leading Vietnamese corporation. He taught at Ton Duc Thang University and Louisiana State University prior to joining Western Connecticut State University. At the Ancell School of Business, Dr. Vo teaches Corporate Finance, Money, Banking and Financial Markets, and Financial Institutions. His research focuses on Corporate Finance, Financial Markets, and Banking. His works have been selected for presentation at leading academic conferences such as the Financial Management Association, Midwest Finance Association, and Southern Finance Association annual meetings.

Mr. Robert Barghaus

Adjunct Professor

Office: WS 237


Robert Barghaus was the Chief Financial Officer for fourteen years of Blyth, Inc. a New York Stock Exchange (BTH) traded company with operations in 16 countries.  Mr. Barghaus served as a member of the Office of the Chairman and was responsible for finance, treasury, accounting, SEC reporting, tax, legal, internal audit, human resources, investor relations and corporate IT.  Prior to Blyth, Mr. Barghaus held senior financial and operating officer positions with Reed Elsevier, John Labatt Limited of Canada, May Department Stores, American Can and Arthur Andersen.  He has a total of 35 years of business experience.  Mr. Barghaus has an MBA in finance and accounting from Cornell University, a BS in Mathematics and a minor in Economics from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute and is a licensed CPA.  He was a Board member for the Federation of the Handicapped in New York City and is a member of the Financial Executives Institute.  Mr. Barghaus instructed various finance courses at Western Connecticut State University and accounting courses at Cornell University.

Ms. Terry Friedman

Adjunct Professor

Office: WS 237


Terry Friedman is a senior financial manager at IBM Corporation, where she has had held many financial planning positions, including division CFO and worldwide financial planning manager.    In her management positions, she has had responsibility for financial planning & modeling, pricing, accounting, and business controls.  She also managed a unit divestiture.   She earned a BS in finance and insurance from the Wharton School of Business at the University of Pennsylvania and an MBA in finance from the University of California Berkeley.

Ms. Heidi Namiot

Adjunct Professor

Office: WS 237


Heidi Namiot earned a BA in mathematics from Smith College and an MBA from the Stern School of Business at New York University.  Ms. Namiot worked in the financial service industry for over a decade, primarily as a derivatives bond Trader at Merrill Lynch and Swiss Re.  She has presented at international conferences on a variety of trading strategies.  Prior to getting her MBA, Ms. Namiot was a research analyst focusing on electric and natural gas utility valuations.  Since 2007, Ms. Namiot has taught a variety of classes in both the finance and mathematics departments at Western Connecticut State University and other colleges.  





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