Chengping Zhang, PhD, CFA

Professor of Finance

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Office: Hoover 119

Office Hours: By appointment only

Professor Chengping Zhang joined the College of Business faculty after completing his PhD in finance at Washington State University. His research interests include investments, asset pricing, institutional investors, and behavioral finance. He teaches financial management, corporate finance, investments, financial analysis and modeling, and conceptual foundations of finance in the undergraduate, MBA and DBA programs. In his leisure time, he enjoys playing tennis, badminton and golf.

Professor Zhang Teaches

  • Business Finance
  • Financial Analysis and Modeling
  • Seminar in Finance
  • Managerial Finance (MBA)
  • Corporate Finance (MBA)
  • Investments (MBA)
  • Conceptual Foundations of Finance (DBA)


  • PhD in Finance, Washington State University, Pullman, WA
  • MS in Physics, Washington State University, Pullman, WA
  • MS in Optics, Beijing Institute of Technology, Beijing, China
  • BS in Optical Engineering, Changchun University of Science and Technology, Changchun, China

Research Interests

  • Asset Pricing
  • Investments
  • Mutual Fund Performance
  • International Finance
  • Behavioral Finance

Professional & Community Service

In addition to involvement and responsibilities in the College of Business and the University, Chengping is an active volunteer for CFA Institute supporting the CFA or CIPM Programs. He serves on the Financial Management Association (FMA) Annual Meeting program committees. He is a reviewer for multiple finance and economics journals, including Financial ReviewInternational Journal of Finance and EconomicsEmerging Market Finance and TradeJournal of Financial Education, Journal of Economics and Finance Education, and Contemporary Economics. He also volunteers for Newberg School District (Book fair, Crater Carnival, End of Year BBQ and other events).

Selected Publications & Presentations

  • “Time-Varying Performance of International Mutual Funds,” with Harry J. Turtle, Journal of Empirical Finance, Vol. 19, No. 3, June 2012, pp. 334-348.
  • “Structural Breaks and Portfolio Performance in Global Equity Markets,” with Harry J. Turtle, Quantitative Finance, Vol. 15, No. 6, June 2015, pp. 909-922.
  • “The Halloween Indicator is More a Treat than a Trick”, with Robert Lloyd and Stevin Rydin, Journal of Accounting and Finance, Vol. 17, No. 6, 2017, pp. 96-108.
  • “Incorporating Powerful Excel Tools into Finance Teaching,” Journal of Financial Education, Vol. 40, No. 3 & 4, Fall/Winter 2014, pp. 87-113.
  • “Using Excel’s Data Table and Chart Tools Effectively in Finance Courses”, Journal of Accounting and Finance, Vol. 15, No. 7, 2015, pp. 79-93.
  • “Helping Students Crack Annuity, Perpetuity, Stock, and Bond Valuation Formulas”, Journal of Economics and Finance Education, Vol. 15, No. 2, Summer 2016, pp. 50-59. 

Professor Zhang presented multiple times at the Financial Management Association (FMA) Annual Meetings, Financial Education Association (FEA) Annual Conferences, and Academy of Financial Services (AFS) Annual Meetings.

His research papers can be found at