Barbara Ostdiek, PhD, CFA
Senior Associate Dean of Degree Programs, Rice University, Jones Graduate School of Business
About Barbara Ostdiek
Barbara Ostdiek is the Senior Associate Dean of Degree Programs and Associate Professor of Finance at Rice University’s Jones Graduate School of Business. A member of the Jones School faculty since 1994, Ostdiek has taught a variety of courses across all of the degree programs, most recently Portfolio Management and Economic Environment of Business, and she served for several years as the academic director of the El Paso Corporation Finance Center. Ostdiek received the Jones Graduate School Excellence in Teaching Award in 2001, 2004 and 2009. Her research, which focuses on investments and asset pricing, includes articles addressing characteristics-based investment strategies, optimal portfolio formation, and information flow and volatility within and across markets. Ostdiek publishes in top academic journals including the Journal of Finance, the Journal of Financial Economics, and the Journal of Financial and Quantitative Analysis. Ostdiek serves as audit committee chair on the board of trustees for the USAA Investment Management Company, is an independent member of Salient Partners Index Committee, and serves on the Academic Board of Alternative Investments Forum. She is a member of the Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo investment committee and serves on the board of directors of Musiqa. Ostdiek earned her B.A., summa cum laude, from the University of Nebraska in 1986 and her Ph.D. in finance from Duke University in 1994.
About Jones Graduate School of Business
The Jesse H. Jones Graduate School of Business is committed to our mission of developing principled, innovative thought leaders in global communities. Named in honor of the late Jesse Holman Jones, a prominent Houston business and civic leader, the school received its initial funding in 1974 through a major gift from the Houston Endowment Inc., a philanthropic foundation established by Jones and his wife, Mary Gibbs Jones.