Department Chair Letter – Summer 2017

DEAR ACCOUNTING LONGHORNS: On May 20, we celebrated 106 years of UT accounting education at the 2017 MPA Commencement Ceremony. As always, our graduates richly deserve a great send off. For the past seven years, one or more UT students… Continue Reading →

Giving Back to the Community Is Its Own Reward

Each year, students volunteer with the Community Tax Centers of Austin as part of the Tax Practicum course led by Brian Lendecky and J Kamas, lecturers in accounting. It’s often a life-changing experience for these students as they help low-income… Continue Reading →

In Memoriam Ken Brown

It is with great sadness that we share the news of our friend and colleague Ken Brown passing away in November. Retired after thirty-eight years with EY and 28 years as an EY partner, Ken joined our faculty in August… Continue Reading →

Accounting Professor Paul Newman Retires

On April 26, the Department of Accounting celebrated the long and distinguished career of accounting Professor Paul Newman. Retiring this year, he says goodbye to 30 years of teaching and over 40 years of being on The University of Texas… Continue Reading →

Faculty News – Summer 2017

Congratulations to Kristina Zvinakis on her promotion to Senior Lecturer. This well-deserved promotion recognizes her tireless work for the Department of Accounting. In addition, Kristina was honored with the Outstanding Faculty Award at this year’s MPA Commencement. Several Faculty Members… Continue Reading →

Student News – Summer 2017

Congratulations to PhD Student Prasart Jongjaroenkamol on his full-time faculty job at the Singapore Management University. The school specializes in business and management studies, modelling itself after the Wharton School. We hope he finds success educating a new crop of… Continue Reading →

MPA Students Earn Elijah Watt Sells Awards

Two Texas MPA students won the 2016 Elijah Watt Sells Award. Charles Sims (BBA ’15, MPA ’15) and Andrew J. Smith (BBA ’15, MPA ’16) not only passed all 4 sections of the Uniform CPA Examination, they obtained a cumulative… Continue Reading →

Accounting Case Competition Team Places Third in Nationals

Congratulations to the McCombs team for placing third at the national Deloitte FanTAXtic Case Competition! Sixty teams representing 43 colleges and universities participated in the regional event in November. As one of nine winners at the regional event, the team… Continue Reading →

The Takeaway – Summer 2017

Communicated Values as Informal Controls: Promoting Quality While Undermining Productivity? Steven J. Kachelmeier (UT), Todd A. Thornock (Iowa State University), and Michael G. Williamson (Illinois) Contemporary Accounting Research, Winter 2016, 33(4), pp. 1141-1434 We use experimentation to show that a… Continue Reading →

Sean Li Leads UT Fencing Team to #1

Almost 580 college fencers from 37 colleges across the country participated in the United States Association of Collegiate Fencing Clubs’ (USACFC) annual Collegiate Fencing National Championships in Lansing, Michigan this past April. Of those, iMPA student Sean Li, currently Treasurer… Continue Reading →

A Family Legacy of Supporting Accounting – This Years Texas Star

The McCombs Accounting Programs’ Texas Star Award is given to a friend of our department and our programs in recognition of his or her continuing support over a sustained period of years. This year’s honoree, C. Aubrey Smith, Jr., joins… Continue Reading →

Department Chair Letter – Fall 2016

DEAR ACCOUNTING LONGHORNS: The McCombs School, under the leadership of newly appointed Dean Jay Hartzell and Senior Associate Dean Eric Hirst, is in the process of examining its strategic plan – including faculty composition, curricula, alumni engagement, and branding. I… Continue Reading →

Meet the Newest Accounting Faculty

This fall we welcome two new professors to the Department:  Ronghou Zheng and Nicholas Hallman have both joined us as Assistant Professors. Originally from Wenzhou, China (the birthplace of China’s private economy), Ronghuo Zheng came to Austin because of McCombs’ outstanding… Continue Reading →

Faculty News – Fall 2016

Lecturer Donna Johnston-Blair Selected for Fall 2016 Faculty Honor Roll Lecturer Donna Johnston-Blair was one of a handful of professors in the McCombs School of Business to be selected for the Fall 2016 Faculty Honor Roll! Her students rated her… Continue Reading →

2016-2017 Holbrook Scholars

Congratulations to this year’s recipients of the Holbrook Scholarship awards! The fifteen Holbrook Scholars were selected from a combination of 3rd, 4th and 5th year integrated MPAs and traditional MPAs. This year’s recipients include: New Awards: Snowy Trowbridge Diva Gulati… Continue Reading →

Sales Tax Avoidance Worth Billions to Online Retailers

by Steve Brooks Texas Enterprise October 10, 2016 Based on Brady Williams paper “Does Use Tax Evasion Provide a Competitive Advantage to E-tailers?” You’re shopping for an iPhone 7. You find it for the same price both at Best Buy… Continue Reading →

The Takeaway – Fall 2016

How Do Experienced Users Evaluate Hybrid Financial Instruments? Shana Clor-Proell (TCU), Lisa Koonce (UT) and Brian White (UT) Journal of Accounting Research, December 2016, 54(5), pp.1267-1296 Clor-Proell, Koonce & White conducted a study with McCombs alumni who had 20 years… Continue Reading →

In Memoriam

Dr. Charles Henry Griffin, BBA ’42, MBA ’48 and PhD ’53, passed away on July 29, 2016. He began his career on the Texas Accounting faculty in 1962. A gifted educator, he was honored with the Jack G. Taylor Teaching… Continue Reading →

A Night of Memories and Goodbyes

The Department of Accounting celebrated at a retirement dinner for friends, family and colleagues of Bill Kinney. Everyone came together to share stories about his impact on accounting research, teaching and auditing practice.              … Continue Reading →

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 →

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