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Pilloff, Steve

Focus:Teaching Focused Faculty
Academic Unit:Finance
Positions:Associate Professor, Dean's Teaching Faculty Fellow
Phone:703-993-5058
Office Location:Enterprise Hall 110
Office Hours:Monday 11:00am-Noon & Thursday 11:00am- Noon on Zoom or By Appointment
Research Interests:
  • Financial Education
  • Personal Finance
  • Financial Institutions
Education:
  • PhD - Finance, Wharton School, University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, PA
  • MA - Finance, Wharton School, University of Pennsylvania
  • BA - Economics, University of Virginia, Charlottesville, VA
Profile:


Steve Pilloff is a term associate professor of finance with the School of Business at George Mason University.  He has taught courses on firm valuation, equity research, financial institutions, and corporate financial management.  He is frequently quoted on personal finance issues by national outlets like Forbes, U.S. News, The Today Show, and Fox Business.

Dr. Pilloff earned a Ph.D. in finance from the Wharton School of Business at the University of Pennsylvania in 1995.  He subsequently worked at the Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System, where he conducted research on competition and consolidation in the banking industry.  Before joining the faculty at George Mason University, Dr. Pilloff taught at Hood College and the Robert H. Smith School of Business at the University of Maryland.  

The strength of Dr. Pilloff’s teaching has been repeatedly recognized by students, colleagues, and the university.  He received the School of Business Undergraduate Teaching Award in 2014 and has served as a Dean's Teaching Faculty Fellow since 2017.

Dr. Pilloff's work has been published in various journals including Journal of Money, Credit, and Banking, Journal of Banking and FinanceJournal of Competition Law and EconomicsMultinational Finance JournalReview of Industrial Organization, Journal of Financial Services Research, Antitrust Bulletin, Journal of Business Cases & Applications, and Journal of Financial Education.  In addition, he has contributed chapters to Bank Mergers and Acquisitions and to three editions of The Structure of American Industry

Research and Awards:


Recent awards:

Selected as a Dean's Teaching Faculty Fellow, School of Business, 2017 & 2020.  Dean’s Teaching Faculty Fellows were selected based on demonstrated and sustained contributions to the School across both primary domains of term faculty responsibility: teaching and service

Named by students as “someone who has made a significant difference in their lives” or "person on campus who has helped them the most in their college success” or similar designation according to student surveys and inquiries conducted by various offices at George Mason University (such as the Stearns Center for Teaching Excellence), 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018, & 2019

Nominated for University Teaching Excellence Award, Mason Center for Teaching Excellence, 2012, 2013, & 2018

Nominated by the Finance Area for School of Business Outstanding Contributions to Teaching Award, School of Business, 2017 & 2018

Identified by a recipient of the Provost-Scholar award as his or her favorite professor at Mason, 2014, 2015, 2017, & 2019

Winner of School of Business Undergraduate Teaching Award, School of Business, 2014.  This award is given annually to one faculty member in the School of Business who has made significant contributions to teaching, pedagogical development, and assurance of learning.  Recipient determined by a committee of teaching experts and past award winners.

Selected as a recipient of School of Business Faculty Service Award, School of Business, 2014

Won a Gold Award, The Communicator Awards, 2012.  The Finance Minute, which was produced with GMU-TV, won a Gold Communicator Award. GMU-TV had never won a gold award (the highest level) before. The video can be seen at http://vimeo.com/36428406.

Recent publications:

Pilloff, S. & Kling, D. (2017).  How Select Student Characteristics Affect Performance in an Introductory Finance Course.  Journal of Financial Education.

Pilloff, S. (2012).  Corner Table Incorporated: establishing a frozen food division.   Journal of Business Cases & Applications.

Recent presentations:

Pilloff, S. (2020). A Grading System for an On-Line World.  2020 annual meeting of the Financial Education Association.

Pilloff, S. (2019). The Sweet Spot: Introductory Finance Problems That Are Not Too Hard and Not Too Easy.  2019 annual meeting of the Financial Education Association.

Pilloff, S. (2019). Lessons Learned: What Works and What Doesn't in an Introductory Finance Course.  2019 annual meeting of the Financial Education Association.

Pilloff, S. (2019). Student Preparedness Revisited. (with T. Michael). 2019 annual meeting of the Financial Education Association.

Pilloff, S. (2018). Student Preparedness and Student-Centered Learning. (with T. Michael). 2018 annual meeting of the Financial Education Association.

Pilloff, S. (2018). Presentation on behavioral finance to Higher Achievement, Fairfax, Virginia.  Gave presentation (with valuable help from 3 students) on behavioral finance to a group of middle school scholars in the Higher Achievement program during the organization's annual visit to George Mason.

Pilloff, S. (2017). Presentation on behavioral finance to Higher Achievement, Fairfax, Virginia.  Gave presentation (with valuable help from 2 recent graduates and former TAs) on behavioral finance to a group of middle school scholars in the Higher Achievement program during the organization's annual visit to George Mason.   

Pilloff, S. (2014).  Money Management.  Presentation to the Mason Student Body at the Student Government Financial Expo.

Media Clippings:

October 24, 2020—Forbes
How To Avoid Costly Financial Mistakes During Open Enrollment

September 18, 2020—Daily Magazine
3 Money Questions Every Married Couple Should Ask Themselves

April 21, 2020—FOX Business
Coronavirus Stimulus Checks Arriving — Should You Use it to Pay Off Debt?

February 26, 2020—U.S. News and World Report
Ways to Save $5,000 This Year

January 22, 2020—Virginia Connection Newspapers
The ABC of Kids and Money

December 12, 2019—WalletHub
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