Texas Tech University

Ph.D. Alumni Spotlight: Shane Stinson

Kaitlin York

Shane Stinson


How did the Rawls College prepare you for a successful professorship at the University of Alabama?

My time in the Ph.D. program served as a strong foundation for my career at the University of Alabama because the Rawls College faculty treated me like a true colleague from day one. With their support, I was able to learn the skills necessary to be a successful researcher and teacher. These opportunities ranged from teaching roles in the same courses I currently teach at Alabama to research apprenticeships where the faculty let me choose my research topic while showing me the steps necessary to complete my research.

What research projects did you work on as a Rawls College Ph.D. student?

I worked on a mix of behavioral and archival research projects as a Ph.D. student. On the behavioral side, I studied the impact of personal tax credits on individual decisions to purchase energy-efficient products. On the archival side, I studied patterns of investment in publicly traded stock following major changes in dividend and capital gains tax rates.

What teaching opportunities were you awarded and how did they help shape you as a teacher?

I taught Income Tax Accounting (ACCT 3307) during my time in the Ph.D. program. This was a great opportunity for me to develop a lesson plan and teaching style for the course I currently teach at the University of Alabama. I also enjoyed getting to know and work with my students at Texas Tech, as they all had unique backgrounds and points of view while sharing a rich tradition of warmth and dedication to their work.

What advice do you have for students trying to decide what school to get their Ph.D. from?

It's important to aim high while also searching for the right "fit" with faculty and fellow Ph.D. students who genuinely want you to succeed. The people you meet and work with in the Ph.D. program will likely help shape who you are and determine the initial trajectory of your career. It is important that those initial relationships are founded on common goals and mutual respect.

What do you believe were the best aspects of the Rawls College Ph.D. program?

The best aspect of the Ph.D. program were the faculty. They never wavered in their support of my journey to determine the best path for my academic career. They listened to my ideas (both good and bad), challenged me to improve my skills and were always willing to give thoughtful advice. Most importantly, the faculty treated me like one of their own and trusted me to represent them and the college to the best of my ability.

How were your interactions with your fellow Ph.D. students, and do you continue to have relationships with them now?

My fellow Ph.D. students and I shared a solid bond as we progressed through the program. We worked together to absorb as much as we could from our coursework and improve the quality of our research. I have great admiration and respect for them and many of us still keep in touch.

How have the experiences you gained at the Rawls College continue to impact your teaching and research today?

My experiences at the Rawls College were very formative both in my teaching style and research agenda. I continue to learn from and work with my Rawls College colleagues and proudly consider myself a lifelong Red Raider.