Texas Tech University

School of Financial Planning Hires Experienced Financial Planner to Enhance Ph.D. Program

Mallory Collins

June 6, 2023

Stuart Heckman

Stuart Heckman hired as Associate Professor of Practice and Ph.D. Program Director

The School of Financial Planning hires Stuart Heckman to join the Personal Financial Planning (PFP) faculty. He has experience working as a Personal Financial Planning associate professor at Kansas State University. Heckman will be working with doctoral students here at Texas Tech as associate professor of practice and Ph.D. program director.

Heckman started his financial planning journey as an intern in high school. Since then, he has educated students in financial planning, has been active in multiple financial planning firms, served as the academic editor of the Journal of Financial Planning, and even launched a new Registered Invested Advisor firm with a business partner. In his new role as Ph.D. program director, he will advance the program by exploring ways to deliver Ph.D. education.

“I hope to inspire doctoral students to push the financial planning knowledge base forward,” Heckman said. “My goal is to give doctoral students the tools and experiences in the Ph.D. program that will enable them to be thought leaders in the profession.”

Heckman said he is passionate about the financial planning profession and the positive impact that financial planners have on individuals and families. He is most excited to focus on research and doctoral education in the School of Financial Planning. Heckman said he knows many of the outstanding faculty members in the PFP program and is eager to be working closer with them.

“Texas Tech's School of Financial Planning has been a pioneer in the financial planning profession since their establishment of the first financial planning doctoral program in the country,” Heckman said. “I think the future is bright in the School of Financial Planning and can't wait to begin working with the doctoral students.”

With his passion and support from the rest of the program, Heckman will guide students to become the next generation of financial planners that will serve their local communities. Because of his extensive work in financial planning and higher education, he will be a great addition to the Texas Tech School of Financial Planning.