Dr. James D. Philpot


Finance, Economics and Risk Management
Role: Faculty
Campus: Springfield

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Missouri State University
Finance, Economics and Risk Management
901 S. National Ave.
Springfield, MO 65897


Dr. James Philpot is associate professor in the finance and risk management department at Missouri State University. He founded and directs the department's financial planning major program. Philpot holds a PhD in finance from the University of Arkansas and is a Certified Financial Planner®.

Philpot has published in Financial Review, Managerial Finance, Financial Services Review, Journal of Financial Education, Financial Practice and Education, Journal of Business Ethics, Corporate Governance and other journals. He was president of the Southwestern Finance Association in 2010-2011 and 2020-2021, and is currently president of Arkansas Farms Inc., a closely held agribusiness. Previously, he held the Regions Bank Chair of Finance at Ouachita Baptist University. Before entering academe, he was a research economist for the State of Arkansas Department of Finance and Administration.

When not thinking about finance, Philpot enjoys Wikipedia, Bible study, hiking, campfires and outdoor cooking. He founded the Arkadelphia (Arkansas) Soccer Association in 2001 and served 18 years as a referee for youth, high school and amateur matches in Arkansas and Missouri.



  • PhD, Finance, 1994, University of Arkansas
  • MBA, 1987, Arkansas State University
  • BA, English, University or Arkansas


  • FIN 266 Principles of Real Estate
  • FIN 381 Financial Planning
  • FIN 581 Professional Financial Planning

Professional experience


  • President, Southwestern Finance Association, 2011, 2021
  • Financial Education Association
  • Greene County Estate Planning Council
  • Phi Beta Kappa
  • Beta Gamma Sigma

Research and professional interests

  • Financial Planning
  • Financial Education    

Awards and honors

  • Outstanding Educator of the Year, 2017, Southwestern Finance Association

Areas of Expertise

Personal finance Business

Media Appearances

How to ride out inflation

CFP Dr. James Philpot offers some tips and advice about weathering inflation.

Study: Most Americans Understand Investing Basics But Struggle With Some Specifics
The Motley Fool

CFP Dr. James Philpot comments on investing basics study.

Survey: Will holiday spending leave Americans deeper in debt
EIN News

CFP Dr. James Philpot suggests one way people can stay on track with budgeting this holiday season.

Stay-at-home and school closures—turn this into a chance to teach your kids some money lessons

CFP Dr. James Philpot explains why talking to your kids is important.

How Much of My Credit Limit Should I Use?
U.S. News & World Report

CFP Dr. James Philpot advises to watch your credit.

7 Tips to Help You Pay Your Bills on Time
Credit Karma

CFP Dr. James Philpot gives a few tips.

What to Do If You’re Left Money in a Will
Student Loan Hero

CFP Dr. James Philpot shares advice about dealing with money from wills.

5 Things To Do on Personal Inventory Days

CFP Dr. James Philpot shares one thing you should do on a Personal Inventory Day.

5 Investing Resolutions for the New Year
U.S. News Money

CFP Dr. James Philpot advises to pick goals that are within your control.

5 Ways to Invest a Financial Windfall
U.S. News Money

CFP Dr. James Philpot offers insight about investing financial windfalls wisely.