Department Chair Letter – Summer 2016

Dear Accounting Longhorns: I am composing this letter on the day of the spring BBA commencement and the day before MPA commencement. The faculty, newly minted graduates, and I take this opportunity to thank all our alumni for generously supporting… Continue Reading →

An Accounting Legend Retires

Professor Bill Kinney has led the development of research on auditing and related accounting phenomena for almost 50 years. During this time, he’s educated students and inspired colleagues with his passion for the accounting profession. In 1988, Bill Kinney joined… Continue Reading →

Retirement Is Jim Deitrick’s Next Journey

For the Department of Accounting, saying goodbye to Dr. Jim Deitrick after 37 years of teaching is bittersweet. His smiling face and passion for teaching will be missed. Jim Deitrick, currently the KPMG Faculty Fellow, has taught undergraduate, masters’ and… Continue Reading →

Texas MPA Students Win Elijah Watt Sells Awards

Last year we were excited to share that four of our students had earned the prestigious Elijah Watt Sells Award for 2014. The award is given to candidates who obtain a cumulative average score above 95.50 across all four sections… Continue Reading →

Maia Yang Selected for GASB Internship

We are proud to announce that Maia Yang (MPA ‘ 16) has been offered a Postgraduate Technical Assistant (PTA) position with the Governmental Accounting Standards Board (GASB). Beginning in July, Maia will gather firsthand experience in how governmental standards are… Continue Reading →

Accounting Athletes… Much More Than Numbers!

MPA students are more than just future accountants. Our students work hard and have well-rounded lives, including athletic endeavors. From varsity level competitors, to dedicated amateur athletes, students represent the accounting profession across the campus and city of Austin. Imani… Continue Reading →

Alumni News – Summer 2016

Jerome Kern (BBA ’96, MPA ’96) was named vice president and chief financial officer of Flexi-Van Leasing, a lessor of specialized equipment for the intermodal transportation industry. Anna Tchernina (BBA ’99, MPA ’99) is Facebook’s Internal Audit Director. After completing… Continue Reading →

Brian Monsen Named Deloitte Foundation Fellow

Accounting doctoral student Brian Monsen, Ph.D. ’18, was named a 2016 Deloitte Foundation Doctoral Fellow. Monsen will receive a $25,000 grant from the organization to support his final year of coursework and the subsequent year to complete his doctoral dissertation…. Continue Reading →

Shannon Chen Earns SYLFF Research Award

Ph.D. student Shannon Chen was recently selected to receive the Sasakawa Young Leaders Fellowship Fund (SYLFF) research award. This award is administered through the McCombs Center for International Business Education and Research (CIBER) and open to any doctoral student with… Continue Reading →

Faculty News – Summer 2016

Eric Chan Wins Best Paper Award New Assistant Professor, Eric Chan, won the Best Paper Award at the 2016 Management Accounting Section Midyear Meeting for his solo-authored paper, “Promotion, Relative Performance Information, and the Peter Principle.” This paper served as… Continue Reading →

Professor of the Year Gretchen Charrier

Lecturer Gretchen Charrier knew she was going to win the Professor of the Semester for Fall 2015 when she attended President Fenves’ Women of Excellence Reception, but imagine her surprise when she was also handed the Professor of the Year… Continue Reading →

Department Chair Letter – Fall 2015

After 27 years on the faculty teaching financial reporting in our MPA, MBA, BBA, and PhD programs and conducting capital markets research with our faculty and doctoral students, I have landed in a foreign world. It’s called the office of… Continue Reading →

MPA Student Profiles

A major strength of our program is our high-quality students. Our graduate students in particular come from a large variety of backgrounds, ready to immerse themselves in everything accounting. Meet a few of our current MPA students: Charles Walper, MPA… Continue Reading →

Meet the Newest Accounting Faculty

Brady Williams, assistant professor, teaching Introduction to Taxation (ACC 355) in the spring What attracted you to the position at McCombs? On my visit to McCombs in late February, while doing my PhD at the University of Washington, I got… Continue Reading →

Are Auditors’ Reports Informative?

Czerney, K., A. Thompson, & J. Schmidt. 2014. Does Auditor Explanatory Language in Unqualified Audit Reports Indicate Increased Financial Misstatement Risk? The Accounting Review 89 (6): 2115-2149. Auditors play an important role in the capital markets by providing reasonable assurance… Continue Reading →

Faculty News – Fall 2015

Brian Lendecky Honored with MEMBA Professor Award Brian Lendecky was chosen to receive the Outstanding Faculty Award for the class of 2015 by the Texas Executive MBA at Mexico City. The internationally-ranked Executive MBA is designed for mid-career professionals and… Continue Reading →

Michael Clement Inducted into PhD Project’s Hall of Fame

Dr. Michael B. Clement, KPMG Centennial Professor of Accounting, was announced as one of the 2015 inductees into the PhD Project’s Hall of Fame. According to Dr. Clement, “The mission of the PhD Project is to encourage underrepresented minorities to… Continue Reading →

Brian Monsen, PhD Student Profile

PhD students are a different breed. They are always here, always working and yet most find a way to have a life outside of school. Whether you are interested in how someone finds that work/life balance or intrigued by the… Continue Reading →

11 Career Secrets I Share with Young Professionals

by Jeff Johanns In my most recent professional life, I teach college students about accounting and auditing—and, as it turns out, I end up doing a lot of counseling with them about their futures, particularly once they discover my background… Continue Reading →

The Takeaway – Fall 2015

In this paper, Lisa and her coauthors draw on research indicating that optimism is the natural state of mind for most people (i.e., it is hard wired) and therefore firm managers involved in preparing financial statements are likely to exhibit… Continue Reading →

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