James Shovein

Clinical Faculty, Finance

jashovein@stthomas.edu

(651) 962-5193

2115 Summit Ave
McNeely Hall 301
St. Paul, MN 55105

B.S., C.P.A., University of Northern Iowa
M.B.A., , University of Minnesota

See publications in UST Research Online

Jim Shovein' s professional activities include almost twenty years of industry experience; including Vice President of Finance at Best Buy and prior to that, as Vice President of Finance at Ecolab. Jim continues to actively consult with a number of Fortune 500 companies in the Twin Cities.

In 2012, he was awarded the Opus College of Business Julie Hays Teaching Award.

Summer 2018 Courses
Summer 2018 Courses
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FINC 321 - 02 Financial Management - T - R - - - 0800 - 1115 MCH 115
Description of course Financial Management : CRN: 30567 4 Credit Hours
An examination of the elements of the finance function of the organization as well as the financial analysis of decisions. Topics include working capital management, acquisition of capital, capital budgeting, cost of capital, theories of valuation, and present value. Prerequisites: ACCT 210, STAT 220 (or MATH 313 or STAT 314 for actuarial majors), ECON 251, 252, and Sophomore standing
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FINC 321 - 03 Financial Management - - - - - - - -
Description of course Financial Management : CRN: 30568 4 Credit Hours
This section of FINC 321 (Financial Management) is being offered as a HyFlex course which gives the students three options for each class period. • Attend class in person. • Attend class in real time via web conferencing. • Complete work online on their own time while meeting scheduled deadlines. Students will choose how they want to complete the course and are free to move between the three formats which provides them with the most flexibility. FINC 321 topics include working capital management, acquisition of capital, capital budgeting, cost of capital, theories of valuation, and present value. Prerequisites: ACCT 210, STAT 220 (or MATH 313 or STAT 314 for actuarial majors), ECON 251, 252, and Sophomore standing
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Fall 2018 Courses
Fall 2018 Courses
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FINC 480 - 01 Strategic Finance - T - R - - - 1330 - 1510 MCH 116
Description of course Strategic Finance : CRN: 42944 4 Credit Hours
Building on the finance theory learned in prior courses, this course focuses on financial strategies for a broad range of finance issues faced by corporations including capital budgeting, capital raising, optimal capital structure, dividend policy, and corporate restructuring and mergers and acquisitions. This is an applied, case-based course the students will be engaged in extensive case analysis, discussion, and presentations to develop and refine analytical skills. Prerequisites: FINC 324, MATH 109 or 111 or 113, and BETH 301
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FINC 620 - 601 Financial Literacy in HC See Details * *
Description of course Financial Literacy in HC : CRN: 43128 1.5 Credit Hours
We will learn and apply the fundamental finance tools and concepts essential for a manager, with emphasis on the health care sector. Among the topics addressed are: value maximization and the finance model of the organization, evaluating financial results, the basics of time value of money, financial decision-making criteria, and budgeting basics. The course will provide an analytical framework that can be consistently applied to make financial decisions. Prerequisites: ACCT 603, and passing scores on the MBA Math examinations that cover statistics, economics, and Excel.
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TMH 3571300-170010 Nov '18
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TMH 3571300-170008 Dec '18
FINC 701 - 201 Corporate Finance See Details * *
Description of course Corporate Finance : CRN: 43070 3 Credit Hours
This course builds on the concepts learned in "Financial Management" and their application to financial strategies that create shareholders' wealth. It explores in depth the relationships of cost of capital, optimal capital structure, cash flows and residual income concepts in the valuation of firms. Related topics include corporate governance, mergers and acquisitions, leveraged buyouts, spin-offs, off-balance-sheet entities, dividend policy, stock repurchases, agency issues in corporate control and managerial incentive systems, use of derivatives as financial tools, and applications of option pricing theory to corporate valuation. Prerequisites: OPMT 600, ACCT 601, GBEC 600 or GBEC 625, and FINC 600
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SCH 3021730-213005 Sep '18
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SCH 3021730-213026 Sep '18
SCH 3021730-213017 Oct '18
SCH 3021730-213007 Nov '18
SCH 3021730-213005 Dec '18
J-Term 2019 Courses
J-Term 2019 Courses
Crs - Sec Title Days Time Location
FINC 296 - 01 Personal Financial Planning - T - R - - - 0900 - 1200
Description of course Personal Financial Planning : CRN: 10221
This course teaches essential money management skills that students will use throughout their lives. The four major topics covered include: 1) Managing student debt, 2) Understanding job offers and career compensation (benefits), 3) Budgeting and Planning, and 4) Building an investment portfolio (401(k's) and IRA's). Also, understanding how your core values and ethics play a significant role in how you manage your personal finances. The class will utilize budgeting, investing and planning tools to help simulate real life financial challenges and issues. Selected guest speakers from the benefits and personal financial planning sectors will supplement the class curriculum. This is a two credit class and requires no prerequisites.
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FINC 300 - 01 Finance for Non-Bus Majors - T W R F - - 1300 - 1600
Description of course Finance for Non-Bus Majors : CRN: 10222
Introduction to the concepts of finance in analyzing decisions. Topics include how to determine the economic value of a company's investment projects, the value of financial securities, the cost of funds used to purchase assets, and the overall management of the firm's assets and liabilities. This course may not be used to meet any requirement for a business major. Not open to business majors. Prerequisite: Junior standing
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Academic and Professional Positions
  • Clinical Instructor, University of St. Thomas, St. Paul / Minneapolis (2009 - present)
  • Instructor of Finance, University of St. Thomas, St. Paul / Minneapolis (2006 - 2009)
  • Vice President Finance, Best Buy, Richfield (2004 - 2005)
  • Instructor of Finance, University of St. Thomas, St. Paul / Minneapolis (1999 - 2004)
  • Vice President Finance, Ecolab, St. Paul (1993 - 1999)
  • Director, Pillsbury Operations Accounting, The Pillsbury Company, Minneapolis (1987 - 1993)
  • Teaching Assistant and Instructor, University of Minnesota, Minneapolis (1987 - 1989)
  • Senior Accountant, KPMG, Minneapolis (1982 - 1986)

Professional Memberships
  • Financial Executives International
  • Financial Management Association

Publications
  • Lundsten, L. L., Daugherty, M. S., Shovein, J. A., Sullivan, M. F., Beckmann, H., & Vang, D. O. (forthcoming). Why don't we just ask them - do finance practitioners read academic research??. (29)(3),

Books and Chapters

Research Interests
  • Corporate Finance
  • Corporate Management

Awards and Honors
  • Julie Hayes Teaching Award, Opus College of Business, 2012

Presentations