A World of Opportunities, Dr. Julia Zhu

A World of Opportunities

feature-faculty-julia-zhu-01After her first year of teaching, Dr. Julia Zhu already feels at home here at CBU. “There is such a great atmosphere here on the campus,” she says. “Plus, with the small classes, I actually get to know my students.”

Originally from Luoyang, China, Dr. Zhu received her PhD in Economics from Queen’s University in 2009 and worked as a postdoctoral fellow in Finance at the Haskayne School of Business at the University of Calgary for three years. She joined the faculty in the Shannon School of Business in July 2012.

“I found out about the job opening at CBU through the University Affairs website and I did some research into the school,” says Dr. Zhu. “The more I read about CBU and Cape Breton Island, the more I wanted the job.” She chose to come here primarily because of the small class sizes and the opportunities for research.

Dr. Zhu has taught corporate finance, intermediate finance and international finance during her first year. She likes to keep the students on their toes in her classes. “I often demonstrate the up-to-date research results in class and challenge students to think critically about the information conveyed,” she says. “By applying newly gained knowledge to novel situations, it opens students’ eyes in the field of finance study and builds up a bridge to connect the principles they learn during lectures to better conduct financial analysis in the real world. It also helps to ensure that they are well prepared for their future careers.”

On the research side of her job, Dr. Zhu is focusing on empirical finance. She says, “In particular, I am interested in corporate finance, international finance, institutional investors, and earnings management. One of my research projects, Implications of Investor Inattention to Economic Links, is funded by 2012 Fall Research Policy grant. With that grant I have been able to hire three students to work on that research project.”

One of the aspects of CBU that Dr. Zhu particularly enjoys is the sense of community. “Everyone here is so welcoming and friendly,” says Dr. Zhu. “It’s also great to see that within a small university, there are people from so many different areas around the world.”

Dr. Zhu believes that the multicultural campus at CBU benefits the students here. She says “It helps students to build their network and to make valuable connections around the world which will help them in their future careers. They are also able to form lasting friendships and learn from each other.”

Looking back over her first year so far at CBU, Dr. Zhu is glad she made the choice to come here. “It was definitely the right move for me,” she says. “I’m very happy to be here and I’m already looking forward to September classes.”