justin henegar Knowledge. Real-world experience. Collaboration. This is what you get from Grantham University faculty members, like Dr. Justin Henegar, who want to see their students succeed. As a student in Dr. Henegar’s financial planning courses, you gain insight and understanding of the financial planning industry through the extensive education and experience he has gained over the years. And Dr. Henegar takes pride in his ability to share his knowledge with those who work hard to earn their degrees.

We had a chance to talk with Dr. Henegar to learn more about his experience teaching for Grantham University:

Grantham University: What brought you to Grantham?

Justin Henegar: When I heard of Grantham several years ago and realized that [the University] catered to the military, I was really excited for the opportunity to start teaching here.

GU: What do you like best about being a faculty member at Grantham?

JH: Teaching brings such a sense of accomplishment when students succeed. I love [the sentiment in the foundation of] Grantham’s mission: “leveling the playing field in education, specifically for those who are typically the most underserved: first-generation college students, active duty military members, veterans, and budding entrepreneurs.” Grantham’s support to both students and faculty is truly amazing.

GU: How do you provide support to your students?

JH: While teaching in the financial planning program, I bring over a decade of practical application in financial planning to the classroom through real world examples. I hope to bring real-world experience and apply that experience to the content of each course. In addition, the discussion boards help to bring others’ experiences together, creating a diverse and collaborative learning environment.

GU: How does a degree from Grantham help people accomplish their goals?

JH: Through my experience, I have found that former military personnel, either honorably discharged or retired, have the skill set to become great financial advisors. After getting a financial planning degree from Grantham University, you will not only have the aptitude (knowledge), but also the skills learned from being in the military to become a confident and successful advisor. Such skill sets are time management, self-discipline, goal-setting and self-motivation.

GU: Do you have any advice for someone who is thinking about going back to school?

JH: Going back to school is not for the faint of heart. Adding such a task to your schedule takes not only a commitment on your part, but [it affects] those around you. My recommendation is to talk to your spouse or loved ones and ensure that adequate expectations are established before you start. Consistent communication will help you stay focused and committed to your school work.

GU: Do you have a particular research concentration? Can you give us some highlights of your research?

JH: My current research projects focus on financial decision making. I have been taking college students through twelve-week simulations that require them to make financial decisions that impact either their budget, their relationships, or their time. Upon students completing each experience in the simulation, I gather information on the difficulty of their decision, their confidence in their decision, the stress created in making the decision, and the impact each decision has on their goals.

GU: What is your proudest accomplishment?

JH: My proudest accomplishment is being married for 14 years and having six children. Each day is such a blessing!

GU: What are you most passionate about? What drives you in life?

JH: My biggest passions involve my kids and watching them swim (four of the six swim). When I get a few moments, I do enjoy playing golf and watching college football.

GU: What do you think is the most interesting thing about you?

JH: I am very entrepreneurial. I have started a non-profit, I own a financial planning firm and I am a [faculty member]. For much of my life, I have thought outside of the box and love to come up with creative and new ideas.

GU: If someone were to tell your story, what would you want the listener to learn about you?

JH: I love having a big family. I never thought I would have more than two kids, but having six has been an amazing journey. Both my wife and I have only one sibling, so we are learning how to be a “big family” on the fly.

GU: Do you have a tip that could help the type of students taking your classes?

JH: My recommendation is to jot down questions as you read your material, either in the margin or in a notebook. [This pause will encourage] you to think about what you are reading and begin to crystallize your understanding. After you finish the assigned readings, you can go back and see if you can answer those questions. If you are unable, now you can email [your instructor] for clarification.

Be Surrounded by Encouraging Faculty Members, like Justin Henegar, at Grantham University.

Justin Henegar said his mission is not entirely his own — it aligns with the mission of the entire University. When you become a student at Grantham, you become surrounded by encouraging, experienced faculty members who want to share their insight and knowledge to help you create a better future for yourself. If you work hard for your degree, you have the opportunity to find success with a Grantham University education. Get started today!

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