Kenneth Washer

Kenneth Washer

Lecturer in School of Business
Borick Business Building 245


BBA, Southern Arkansas University, Accounting, 1990, MBA, Louisiana Tech University, 1995, DBA, Louisiana Tech University, 1998

Academic Programs


Dr. Kenneth Washer is a Professor of Finance at Creighton University in Omaha, Nebraska, who is spending the Fall 2019 semester at Western. He has published over 30 articles in various journals including Journal of Financial Service Professionals, Journal of Financial Planning and Journal of Business Ethics. In 2013, he was chosen as the university’s Graduate Business Faculty Member of the Year. Dr. Washer is an avid cyclist and supporter of Creighton athletics.

Q&A With Professor Washer

How did you discover Western?

I have visited Crested Butte several times and have taken note of Western. I teach full-time at Creighton University in Omaha and can take a sabbatical every seven years. I thought that it would be nice to teach a class or two at Western while also spending time hiking, fishing, cycling, climbing, etc. Fortunately, things have worked out, and I will spend the fall of 2019 at Western teaching an investments class.

What are some of the highlights of your career?

First and foremost I have had wonderful students throughout my career. Work with bright, hard-working young people is a dream come true. I was honored to be the “Graduate Faculty Member of the Year” at Creighton in 2013. I have also published over 30 peer-reviewed articles that have appeared in journals such as Financial Analysts Journal, Journal of Financial Planning, Journal of Banking and Finance. My work has also been cited in Barron’s and USA Today.

What most excites you about your field?

The thing that excites me about finance is that if you save and invest, your money can work for you and you can focus more on things that bring you joy. I really enjoy helping people plan their financial future.

What is your favorite thing about the Gunnison Valley?

I think this area is absolutely gorgeous and there is so much to do.

Courses Taught

  • Investments
  • Financial Planning


  • Kenneth Washer, Robert Johnson, and Gerald Jensen (2018). “Insights from the AAII Asset Allocation Survey.” Journal of Financial Service Professionals Volume 72 (5) 67-74.
  • Gerald Jensen, Robert Johnson, and Kenneth Washer (2018). “All that’s Gold does not Glitter.” Financial Analysts Journal Volume 74 (1).
  • Lee Dunham, Randy Jorgensen, and Kenneth Washer (2016). “Securities Lending Activities in Mutual Funds and ETFS: Ethical Considerations.” Journal of Business Ethics Volume 139 (1) 21-28.

External Professional Affiliations

  • Creighton University