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Both the undergraduate and graduate programs of the School of Accounting at the David Eccles School of Business were named in the top 25 best programs in rankings released by the Public Accounting Report. The Master of Accounting (MAcc) graduate program moved up one spot to No. 21 this year. The undergraduate program landed at No. 22, where it was ranked last year. Among mid-sized accounting schools the results speak even more highly of the programs. The undergraduate program was ranked No. 7 and the MAcc program was ranked No. 8.

Highlights

 


Degrees in Accounting

Undergraduate    Master’s    Ph.D.

 


 

The School of Accounting has a strong faculty whose research has influenced practice, regulation and academic thought. We host the annual Utah Winter Accounting Conference, which brings top scholars from across the country to Utah.

Both the undergraduate and master’s programs placed in the Top 10 for mid-sized schools in the 2015 PAR study. An education in the School of Accounting brings together top researchers and leaders from industry. Our Beta Alpha Psi chapter is one of the most active in the country, providing students a chance to serve as leaders, meet with recruiters and learn how to interact in the business world.

 

Mission Statement


Meet the Faculty
Robert Allen
Robert Allen
Professor / Tenure

Robert D. Allen is a Professor and David Eccles Faculty Scholar at the University of Utah. Bob’s interest in auditing research began during his professional experience with Deloitte, Haskins & Sells in Los Angeles.

James Bay
James Bay
Assistant Professor (lecturer) / Auxiliary
Christine Botosan
Christine Botosan
Professor / Tenure

Christine is currently an Associate Editor for Contemporary Accounting Research and the Vice President of Publications for the American Accounting Association. Dr. Botosan teaches financial accounting, reporting, and analysis electives at the undergraduate and graduate levels.

Marci Butterfield
Marci Butterfield
Associate Professor (lecturer) / Auxiliary

Marci Butterfield teaches introductory courses in financial and managerial accounting. She is the faculty advisor for Beta Alpha Psi. She enjoys teaching the students at the University of Utah.

Brian Cadman
Brian Cadman
Associate Professor / Tenure

Brian Cadman is an associate professor of Accounting. His research focuses on the performance measurement and corporate governance. He teaches managerial accounting to Master’s students.

Shannon Charles
Shannon Charles
Assistant Professor (lecturer) / Auxiliary

Shannon L. Charles is an Associate Professor (Lecturer) of accounting at the University of Utah. She earned her PhD from Oklahoma State University in 2000.

Martha Eining
Martha Eining
Professor / Tenure / Director

Martha M. Eining  is the Director of the School of Accounting at the University of Utah. She teaches in the area of fraud, auditing and accounting information systems at the undergraduate, graduate and Ph.D. level.

Tom Eldredge
Tom Eldredge
Associate Professor (lecturer) / Auxiliary

Tom Eldredge is an Associate Professor (Lecturer) in the Accounting Department and Professional Standards Partner at Grant Thornton LLP.

Atif Ellahie
Atif Ellahie
Assistant Professor / Tenure

Atif Ellahie, Ph.D, CFA focuses on quantitative research in accounting and financial economics, and also teaches financial reporting analysis to Master of Accounting students.

LaVar Harline
LaVar Harline
Assistant Professor / Tenure

N. La Var Harline teaches both undergraduate and graduate tax accounting courses including basic taxation, tax research, deferred compensation & retirement planning, and business and tax strategies, estate & gift taxation.

Rachel Hayes
Rachel Hayes
Professor / Tenure / Chair

Dr. Rachel Hayes is the chair of the School of Accounting. Her research interests include disclosure and the use of accounting information in compensation and other governance settings.

Michael Lewis
Michael Lewis
Associate Professor (lecturer) / Auxiliary

Before the U, Michael spent 7 years of active duty in the U.S. Air Force, was an Auditor at KPMG-Silicon Valley, a Senior Analyst with Apple Computer-R&D, and ran a consulting group at Indiana University.

Xiaoxia Peng
Xiaoxia Peng
Assistant Professor / Tenure

Xiaoxia (Sasha) Peng is an Assistant Professor at University of Utah’s David Eccles School of Business, School of Accounting.

Scott Pickett
Scott Pickett
Professor (lecturer) / Auxiliary

Scott brings to the School of Accounting 28 years of Big Four public accounting experience. He has deep client experience which translates into meaningful, hands-on experiences for students.

David Plumlee
David Plumlee
Professor / Tenure

David Plumlee is a David Eccles Professor in the School of Accounting. He has taught in all areas of accounting, except tax. His research involves how people use information to make judgments in accounting and auditing settings.

Marlene Plumlee
Marlene Plumlee
Associate Professor / Tenure

Marlene A. Plumlee is an Associate Professor and David Eccles Faculty Fellow. She received her Ph.D. from the University of Michigan in 1997.

Richard Saouma
Richard Saouma
Visiting Professor
Jordan Schoenfeld
Jordan Schoenfeld
Associate Professor / Tenure

Jordan is originally from Cleveland, OH. Previously he has worked for Deloitte & Touche in Washington, DC and Chicago IL. Jordan received Ph.D. from the University of Michigan.

D. Gerald Searfoss
D. Gerald Searfoss
Professor Emeritus

Professor Searfoss retired from the University of Utah in 2007 after having been in academe and accounting practice for over 35 years.

Roger Silvers
Roger Silvers
Associate Professor / Tenure

Roger is the James A. Griggs Fellow at the University of Utah’s School of Accounting.

Stephen Stubben
Stephen Stubben
Associate Professor / Tenure

Stephen Stubben teaches and conducts research in financial accounting. His current research focuses primarily on accounting standards, firms’ application of these standards, the quality of the resulting accounting information, and how that information is used in business decisions.

Paige Witt
Paige Witt
Assistant Professor (lecturer) / Auxillary

Paige Witt worked as an auditor for Deloitte for 9 years and in financial reporting for Northern Trust for 3 years. She is a Certified Public Accountant and audit professor for the University of Utah.

Accounting Workshops

The School of Accounting Workshops bring top scholars in accounting and related fields to the University to share their cutting edge research with faculty and doctoral students.

2015 - 2016
Date Speaker Room Time Links
May 2, 2016

 

Xiaoli Tian

Ohio State University

SFEBB 3106 2 PM – 3:30 PM The Consistency of Mandatory and Voluntary Management Earning Forecasts and Implications for Analyst and Investor Information Processing
April 1, 2016 Dan Taylor

Wharton

SFEBB 5180 2 PM – 3:30 PM Not Available.  And will be emailed to faculty.
February 24, 2016 Darren Bernard

Job Candidate

University of Washington

CRCC 210 2 PM – 3:30 PM Inter-Firm Information Demand*

CV

February 3, 2016 John S. Treu

Career-line Job Candidate

CRCC 210 2:30 PM – 3:30 PM Unconditional Litigation Risk and Non-GAAP Reporting

CV

February 2, 2016 John Donovan

Job Candidate

Washington University in St. Louis

CRCC 205 2 PM – 3:30 PM The Role of Accounting Information in Equity Crowdfunding

CV

January 20, 2016 Daniele Macciocchi

Job Candidate

LUISS Guido Carli University of Rome

CRCC 210 2 PM – 3:30 PM The effect of family ownership on firms’ disclosure policies.

CV

January 13, 2016 Leila Peyravan University of Toronto CRCC 2102 PM – 3:30 PM Financial Reporting Quality and Dual-Holding of Debt and Equity

CV

January 12, 2016 Seil Kim

New York University

CRCC 205 2 PM – 3:30 PM Information disclosure and insider trading around board meetings

CV

December 16, 2015 Laura A. Wellman

Kellogg School of Management

CRCC 210 2 PM – 3:30 PM MITIGATING POLITICAL UNCERTAINTY

CV

December 11, 2015 Mark Lang

UNC

 

SFEBB 5130 2 PM – 3:30 PM The Ever-Expanding 10-K: Why are 10-Ks Getting So Much Longer (and does it matter)?
November 13, 2015 Ed deHaan

Stanford

SFEBB 5130 2 PM – 3:30 PM Do Weather-Induced Moods Affect the Processing of Earnings News?
November 6, 2015 Shira Cohen

Temple University

SFEBB 5130 2 PM – 3:30 PM “Voluntary Disclosure and Corporate Investment”.
October 23, 2015 Ryan Ball

University of Michigan

SFEBB 5130 2 PM – 3:30 PM Can We Automate Earnings Forecasts and Beat
Analysts at Short Horizons?
October 9, 2015 Robert Resutek University of Georgia SFEBB 51302 PM – 3:30 PM The relationship between R&D, growth, and operating leverage
September 18, 2015 Jenny (Li) Zhang

University of British Columbia

SFEBB 5130 2 PM-3:30 PM “What are the costs of admitting mistakes for foreign firms?”
2014 - 2015
Date Speaker Room Time Links
April 20, 2015 Scott Dyreng

Duke University

 

SFEBB 5160B 2:15 PM-3:45 PM Direct evidence on the informational properties of earning in loan contracts
March 17, 2015 Atif Ellahie

London Business School

SFEBB 5180 2 PM – 3:30 PM
March 13, 2015 Christopher S. Armstrong

The Wharton School. University of Pennsylvania

SFEBB 5130 2 PM – 3:30 PM Why do CEOs hold so much unconstrained equity?
February 10, 2015 Nathan Marshall CRCC 105 2 PM – 3:30 PM CV

The Flow of Earnings Information to the Market

February 9, 2015 Jie Zhou SFEBB 5180 2 PM – 3:30 PM Paper and CV not available online and has been sent to faculty via email.
February 4, 2015 Sarah Shaikh CRCC 105 2:00 PM – 3:30 PM CV

Managerial Career Concerns and Earnings Forecasts

February 2, 2015 Omri Tov

 

CRCC 105 2 PM – 3:30 PM CV
Can the Bond Price Reaction to Earnings Announcements Predict Future Stock Returns?
January 23, 2015 Ciao-Wei Chen CRCC 105 2 PM – 3:30 PM CV

Job Market Paper

January 20, 2015 Ben Lourie CRCC105 2 PM – 3:30 PM CV

Job Market Paper

January 14, 2015 Jordan Schoenfeld SFEBB 130 2 PM – 3:30 PM
January 12, 2015 Kimball Chapman SFEBB 5180 2 PM – 3:30 PM Limited Investor Attention and the Earnings Announcement Premium
December 12, 2014 Dan Amiram
Columbia University
SFEBB 5130 2:00-3:30 pm Financial Statement Errors:
Evidence from the Distributional Properties of Financial Statement Numbers
November 21, 2014 Henry Friedman

University of California

Los Angeles

SFEBB 5130 2:00-3:30pm Taste, information, and asset prices: Implications for the valuation of CSR
October 10, 2014 Mary Barth
Stanford University
SFEBB 5130 2:00-3:30pm The JOBS Act and Information Uncertainty in IPO Firms

Mary Barth Schedule

September 12, 2014 Edward Owens

Emory University

 

SFEBB 5130 2:00-3:30pm The Effect of Short-Sale Constraints on Default Prediction Around the World

Internet Appendix of Additional Tables

edward_owens_schedule

September 9, 2014 Melissa Western

University of Utah

SFEBB 7110 12:05-1:00pm Competing Reporting Objectives and Financial Reporting Quality
September 5, 2014 Francesco Bova

University of Toronto

SFEBB 5130 2:00-3:30pm Health-Insurer Bargaining Power and Firms’ Incentives to Manage Earinings

francesco_bova_schedule

2013 - 2014
Date Speaker Room Time Links
March 20, 2014 Scott Dyreng

Duke University

SFEBB 5130 2:00-3:30 pm
February 4, 2014 Michael Dambra

University of Rochester

SFEBB 3180 2:00-3:30pm CVPaper

Schedule

January 29, 2014 Terrence Blackburne

University of Pennsylvania

SFEBB 3180 2:00-3:30pm CVPaper

Schedule

January 15, 2014 Kevin Koharki

Pennsylvania State University

SFEBB 3180 2:00-3:30pm CVPaper

Schedule

January 14, 2015 James Moon

Florida State University

SFEBB 3180 2:00-3:30pm CVPaper

Schedule

December 13, 2013 Andrew Bauer

Univ of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

SFEBB 1170 2:00-3:30p Paper

Schedule

November 1, 2013 Maria Ogneva

Univ of Souther California

SFEBB 1170 2:00-3:30pm Paper

Schedule

October 7, 2013 Adrienna Huffman

Univ of Utah PhD Student

SFEBB 3180 2:00-3:30pm
October 4, 2013 John Campbell

University of Georgia

SFEBB 3106 2:00-3:30pm PaperSchedule
October 1, 2013 Anna Elsila

Univ of Utah Visiting PhD

SFEBB 7110(Deep Dive) 12:00-1:00pm
September 20, 2013 Joshua WhiteSEC SFEBB 3106 2:00-3:30pm Paper

Schedule

September 13, 2013 Stephen Penman

Columbia University

SFEBB 3106 2:00-3:30pm Paper

Schedule

September 6, 2013 Kyle Peterson

University of Oregon

SFEBB 3106 2:00-3:30pm PaperSchedule
2012 - 2013
Date Speaker Room Time Links
August 6, 2013 Sonke Sievers SFE 3106 2:00-3:30pm
November 30, 2012 Brian Rountree

Rice University

CRCC 215 2:00-3:30pm Schedule

Paper

November 19, 2012 Richard Carrizosa

University of Utah

CRCC 215 2:00-3:30pm Paper
November 9, 2012 Rafael Rogo

University of British Columbia

CRCC 215 2:00-3:30pm Schedule
October 29, 2012 Peter Johnson

University of Alabama

CRCC 105 2:30-3:30pm Schedule

 

October 26, 2012 Stephen Stubben

University of North Carolina

CRCC 215 2:00-3:30pm Paper
October 19, 2012 Rebecca Files

University of Texas at Dallas

CRCC 215 2:00-3:30pm Schedule

 

September 28, 2012 Volker Laux

University of Texas at Austin

CRCC 215 2:00-3:30pm Schedule

 

Staff Support for Accounting Students

Our goal is to assist you with job placement and provide career advice for all of our graduates.

Megan Ludlow
Megan Ludlow
Associate Director
Martha Eining
Martha Eining
Director and David Eccles Professor
Kris Fenn
Kris Fenn
MAcc Advisor
Nate Zwart
Nate Zwart
MAcc Advisor
Michael Sanders
Michael Sanders
Accounting Admissions Advisor
Lauren Dill
Lauren Dill
Senior Career Counselor
Rebecca McDonald
Rebecca McDonald
Career Counselor

Beyond the classroom

The David Eccles School of Business offers Accounting students many opportunities to become involved in opportunities beyond the classroom.

Beta Alpha Psi

Population: Undergraduate + Graduate + Professional

Beta Alpha Psi is a national accounting honor society and a scholastic and professional accounting fraternity. Its purpose is to recognize academic achievements in the field of accounting, to promote the study and practice of accounting, and to provide opportunities for self-development and association among members and practicing accountants.

Beta Alpha Psi
IMA

As an IMA student member, you can learn about the accounting and financial management profession, explore your future career options, and build resume and professional network. The IMA offers student members access to many IMA membership benefits.

IMA
Networking

One of the barriers to entry into the competitive world of business is not knowing the right people. That is why the School of Accounting takes our students to cities like Dallas and Houston, Texas; San Francisco Bay Area; New York City; and Washington D.C. Students selected for these trips have the opportunity to meet with alumni and friends of the University of Utah and explore the cities they visit. The personal lessons in networking help students make invaluable connections for obtaining nationally competitive positions upon graduating.

Networking
Utah Winter Accounting Conference

The Utah Winter Accounting Conference gathers accounting scholars from across the country for two days of academic presentations and outdoor recreation. Held annually in Salt Lake City, the conference begins the first Thursday after Presidents’ Day.

The 2017 event is scheduled for February 23 through 25.

Utah Winter Accounting Conference
Accounting Circle

Supporting quality accounting education at The University of Utah

The School of Accounting at the University of Utah has a longstanding reputation as an excellent accounting program. Its graduates are known as outstanding professionals and business leaders in top corporate and public accounting positions throughout the United States and internationally.

The Accounting Circle is a group of influential community members dedicated to supporting continued excellence in accounting education at The University of Utah.

Benefits

Students benefit directly from the support provided by the Accounting Circle in the form of scholarships and program improvements, which enable the School to build on its rich tradition of excellence. The community and prospective employers also benefit by hiring our top graduates. Other benefits of the Accounting Circle include:

 

Membership

Accounting Circle members recognize the importance and benefits of supporting and investing in quality accounting education. Members enjoy a special relationship with the School of Accounting, other Accounting Circle members and the National Advisory Board.

You can join the University of Utah’s Accounting Circle by completing the application online. The Accounting Circle annual dues are $1,000. These can be met either by individuals or some combination of individual contributions and company/employer matching.

Current Accounting Circle members

Allen, Robert – University of Utah

Ames, Lynn J – EY

Anderson, Barbi – Deloitte

Botosan, Christine – University of Utah

Botosan, Monty – U of U Consultant

Caputo, Amy – Schiff Nutrition International Inc.

Chen, Li – Vista Staffing Solutions

Chidester, David K. – Rees Capital

Christian, Clark – Grant Thornton

Christman, Tracy – EY

Curtis, Katina – Grant Thornton

Eining, Martha – University of Utah

Eldredge, Thomas – Grant Thornton

Elwell, Leon – Blackwell Land

Firth, Cort – Workers Compensation Fund

Green, Richard – Savas Greene & Co. LLC

Griffin, Mary Kay – Mayer Hoffman McCann PC

Hall, Robert S. – Deloitte

Harline, LaVar – University of Utah

Jolley, David – EY

Jones, Daniel – Deloitte

 

Kenny, Timothy – Freddie Mac

Landgren, Cheri – Cheri Landgren & Assoc.

Lemmon, David – Board Member, Kirby Corporation, Deltic Timber Company, Teekay Offshore Partners

Maxfield, Brent – KPMG

McReynolds, Kim, Mantyla McReynolds

Parks, Stephen – United Way

Reichert, Michael – Deloitte

Searfoss, D. Gerald – Emeritus Professor, School of Accounting

Smith, Greg – PwC

Smith, Jennifer J. – Grant Thornton

Spackman, Dennis – Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints

Stauffer, Steve – Grant Thornton

Stevens, Mark – Deloitte

VanderToolen, Stan – PwC

Westergard, Allen R. – KPMG

Westergard, Ray O. – Grant Thornton

Whitehead, Chad – EY

Wilcox, Brandon-KPMG

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