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 →

Department Chair Letter – Summer 2015

Dear Alumni, Friends, Students, Staff and Colleagues: Thank you for four great years as Department Chair!  My mentor Ross Jennings said, “It’s more fun to be chairman when the budgets are generous.”  But thanks to you our department weathered the… Continue Reading →

Earnings Metrics, Investor Behavior and Stock Price Efficiency

by Brian White Earnings are central to financial reporting. They are a major focus for managers, analysts and investors, and earnings announcements generate headlines and often move stock prices. But how should earnings be measured and presented to financial statement… Continue Reading →

Bud Giesinger, Our Texas Star

Since first introduced in 2005, the McCombs Accounting Programs Texas Star Award is presented each year to a friend of our department and programs in recognition of continuing departmental support over a period of years. This year’s recipient is Bud… Continue Reading →

Student News Summer 2015

Kristen Valentine Receives Deloitte Foundation’s 2015 Doctoral Fellowship in Accounting Doctoral candidate Kristen Valentine received the 2015 Deloitte Foundation’s Doctoral Fellowship in Accounting award. The Deloitte Foundation awarded $25,000 grants to 10 top accounting PhD candidates through the Deloitte Foundation’s… Continue Reading →

Granof Re-Appointed to a Second Term on the GASB

Michael Granof, EY Distinguished Centennial Professor at McCombs, was re-appointed by the Financial Accounting Foundation (FAF) to a second term on the Governmental Accounting Standards Board (GASB), effective July 1, 2015. Dr. Granof is also currently serving his second term… Continue Reading →

Matthew Ege Receives Outstanding Dissertation Award

Recent doctoral graduate Matthew Ege won two awards at the Auditing Mid-Year Meeting, demonstrating the solid background in research he received as part of the accounting doctoral program. His paper, “Does Internal Audit Function Quality Deter Management Misconduct?,” forthcoming in… Continue Reading →

MPA Graduates Selected for Prestigious GASB Internship

Yomara Eiranova (MPA ’15) and  Sarah Jones (BBA ’14, MPA ’15) have been offered Postgraduate Technical Assistant (PTA) positions with the Governmental Accounting Standards Board (GASB).  This is one of the highest honors for new graduates as they get firsthand… Continue Reading →

Faculty Endowments 2015

Congratulations to Michael Clement and Dain Donelson, who received the following endowed appointments effective September 1, 2015: Michael Clement KPMG Centennial Professorship A member of the McCombs faculty since 1997, Professor Clement’s research focuses on capital market use of financial… Continue Reading →

Faculty News Summer 2015

Gretchen Charrier Selected for 2014 Faculty Honor Roll Congratulations to Gretchen Charrier for being chosen for the Fall 2014 Faculty Honor Roll! The Undergraduate Business Council and BBA Programs Office awards the Faculty Honor Roll to faculty members who performed… Continue Reading →

Four McCombs MPA Graduates Win Elijah Watt Sells Award

The University of Texas at Austin’s graduate accounting program consistently ranks #1 across the nation for its top notch faculty as well as the high quality accounting education it offers students. Once again the Texas MPA Program has topped the… Continue Reading →

The Department of Accounting Welcomes a New Chair

Robert Freeman, the Arthur Anderson & Co. Alumni Centennial Professor in Accounting, has been appointed as the Chair of the Department of Accounting at The University of Texas at Austin’s McCombs School of Business. Prior to entering academe, Robert worked… Continue Reading →

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