Professor of Finance
There’s no use memorizing sections of the finance textbooks for Dr. John Lajaunie’s classes. On his exams, he won’t ask you to write the definition of the bold-faced words or discuss the sidebar on page 83. But don’t toss your book out the window either. These are no easy multiple choice exams. Lajaunie expects his students to go beyond memorization and learn the subject well enough to be able to apply it.
“Students may say my strategy is ‘torture until they scream,’ ” Lajaunie says. “However, my strategy is really to show you what you can learn, not what you already know.”
Lajaunie admits that he challenges his students and that they sometimes respond in panic. However, he poses the question, “If I ask you what you already know or to regurgitate information from a chapter, have you really learned anything?” Despite the occasional alarm before an exam, Lajaunie’s students appreciate the learning environment of his classes and his accessibility.
Lajaunie, who began teaching at Nicholls State University in fall 1991, says he thoroughly enjoys instructing students, especially at the senior and graduate levels. What he values the most is the access students have to him and his College of Business colleagues.
“We always talk about Nicholls having a personal touch, and the fact of the matter is that is how we teach in the College of Business,” Lajaunie says. “We have highly qualified instructors working where students can easily get in touch with them; that makes this an incredible educational value.”
Lajaunie has no trouble filling up his free time with hobbies, such as hunting, fishing, gardening and cooking with his wife and children.
B.A., Louisiana State University; M.A., Ph.D., University of New Orleans
FINC 302 – Financial Management
FINC 403 – Intermediate Financial Management
FINC 410 – Commercial Banking
FINC 450 – International Finance
FINC 456 – Analytics of Investing
FINC 500 – Seminar in Financial Management
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