Randy Kemnitz, PH.D., CFP

Career highlights

  • In the first phase of my career, I was the practitioner — providing the products, consulting with clients, and directing activities.
  • Now, I’m teaching others how to do “the stuff.” While very different than my initial career phase, this is very rewarding and I am able to apply my experiences to teaching. 

Degrees

BBA in Management, University of Wisconsin – Madison

M.S., The College for Financial Planning 

Ph.D., Kansas State University’s Institute for Personal Financial Planning 

Certifications

Certified Financial Planner (CFP) 

Chartered Life Underwriter (CLU)

What online courses could a student possibly take from you?

FISV5430 Principles of Risk and Insurance

FISV6056 Fundamentals of Investment and Portfolio Management

What do you like most about teaching online?

I enjoy the access and flexibility. I enjoy engaging students in different ways without the perceived constraints of a classroom. Teaching online gives me the opportunity to share my mistakes with a larger audience. 

How do you bring the industry to life in class?

I fully understand the importance of the content I am teaching. I have seen it in action with individuals and corporations. I share insights and stories of what works and work does not work. I share anecdotes to lighten the discussion and emphasis when it is needed. Mostly, I know that what I’m teaching has practical application. 

Do you have any career advice for prospective students?

Do it! I have worked on academic research seeking to understand why students choose a finance career. What struck me is the variety in their interests; some enjoy working with math and problem solving — certainly finance offers those opportunities. Other students wanted to work with and help people. Certainly, personal financial planning offers those opportunities as well. The need is great, the opportunities are vast, and the rewards are many. 

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Career Catalyst blog posts

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