Three Kelley Indianapolis faculty members receive promotions


Three faculty members at the IU Kelley School of Business Indianapolis have received promotions.

Steven L. Jones, Robert Neal and Christopher O. L. H. Porter were appointed full professors effective July 1.

Steven Jones has been an associate professor of finance with Kelley Indianapolis since April 2000. He is the faculty chairperson of the Evening MBA Program, serving the school in this role twice: from August 2000 to August 2006, and currently since October 2011. Jones also is the director of the FIND (Finance Development) Enterprise, a program within the Evening MBA that provides students with experiential learning opportunities.

“Because I am an Indianapolis native, the opportunity to help serve the Kelley School’s scholarly mission in central Indiana, on the IUPUI campus, is especially meaningful to me,” said Jones.

Jones’ scholarly interests include corporate finance, financial markets and investment management.

He previously taught at the University of Houston, the University of Georgia and Purdue University. Jones also served as a financial analyst at Amoco Oil Corporation. He received his doctorate from Purdue University with a major in finance and minor in econometrics and his MBA in finance from the Georgia Institute of Technology.

Robert Neal has been a member of the Kelley Indianapolis faculty since 1996. He serves as chair of the school’s Research Policy Committee and as its seminar coordinator. His scholarly interests include risk management, ESG investment strategies and Federal Reserve monetary policies.

Neal previously worked as an economist at the Federal Reserve Bank of Kansas City and as a financial economist and senior research scholar at the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission. He also taught at the University of Washington, Purdue University and the University of Melbourne in Australia.

“I'm honored to receive the designation,” said Neal. “Promotion to full professor, especially at an institution like Kelley, doesn't come easy and is a mark of high distinction. Looking forward, the designation helps provide a platform for applying research knowledge to the classroom and to economic development around the state.”

Neal received his doctorate and master’s degrees in economics from the University of Chicago, and he received his undergraduate degree from the University of Michigan.

Christopher O.L.H. Porter has been with the Kelley School since 2012 and is a Kelley Venture Fellow. Porter served as the Randall L. Tobias Faculty Fellow of Leadership Excellence from 2012 to 2014. He previously taught at Texas A&M University and Michigan State University.

Porter received his Ph.D. in business administration from Michigan State University with specializations in human resource management, organizational behavior, industrial and organizational psychology and criminal justice. He received his master’s degree in criminal justice from Michigan State and his undergraduate degree in psychology from Morehouse College in Atlanta.

For several years, Porter co-organized a professional development workshop at the Academy of Management called “From Associate to Full . . . And Beyond,” which was designed, among other things, to help management faculty better understand the process of the transitioning to full professor. Porter’s research focuses on teamwork and leadership, especially in team settings.

“I am excited to see what this next phase of my career has in store for me,” said Porter. “I’m very receptive to new opportunities, and I hope to continue serving my field through journal and editorial work. I’m also excited about a number of new research projects. I anticipate some slight changes in my focus over the next several years based on my recent data collection efforts. And, I see my promotion to full professor as a chance to increase the amount of research and mentoring that involves doctoral students and new faculty. I’m looking forward to all of that.”

About the Kelley School of Business Indianapolis

The Indiana University Kelley School of Business has been a leader in American business education for more than 90 years. With over 105,000 living alumni and an enrollment of nearly 9,500 students across two campuses and online, the Kelley School is among the premier business schools in the country. Kelley Indianapolis, based on the IUPUI campus, is home to a full-time undergraduate program and four graduate programs, including master’s programs in accounting and taxation, the Business of Medicine MBA for physicians and the Evening MBA, which is ranked 6th in the country by U.S. News & World Report. Learn more at