From the 2014 Issue:
Letter from the Chair
Dear Students, Parents, Alumni and Friends:
As you will gather from the rest of Accounting Miami, the UM School of Business Department of Accounting has enjoyed another successful year on a number of fronts. Our faculty continue to earn top honors and recognition for both their research and their teaching, our students continue to shine academically and to secure outstanding jobs and our alumni add to the prestige of our programs through their accomplishments.
Highlights from the past year include:
- Professors Peter Wysocki and DJ Nanda co-authored a paper selected to receive the Distinguished Contribution to Accounting Literature Award from the American Accounting Association. The AAA selects annually one paper published within the last 15 years for its impact on accounting research – quite an honor!
- Professor Wysocki was also a coauthor on the paper selected by the AAA for the Notable Contribution to Accounting Literature Award, an award given to a paper published within the last five years that has the biggest potential impact on accounting research.
- Arthur P. Metzger Professor of Accounting Andy Leone was one of only three researchers across UM chosen to receive the Provost’s Research Award.
- Kay Tatum, associate professor of accounting, earned the CPA Journal’s 2013 Max Block Award for Policy Analysis.
- Students voted Assistant Professor Eric Weisbrod the School of Business Teacher of the Year and gave Assistant Professor Eric Weisbrod and Lecturer Mario Perez Excellence in Teaching awards.
- The department’s MS in Taxation program was ranked 22nd globally and second in the U.S. by Best-Masters.com and was ranked 9th in the nation by a survey of corporate tax employers conducted by TaxTalent.com.
- We hired three new faculty members, adding more depth to our faculty in terms of both research and teaching.
- Students in our accelerated program had another successful year both in CPA pass rates and in job placement.
None of this could have been accomplished without your support. I thank you for your financial support, as well as the hours you spend mentoring our students. Thank you, also, for your guidance on curriculum issues, for volunteering as guest lecturers in the classroom and for helping conduct mock interviews to prepare our students for the job market. I am extremely grateful for the significant role you play in hiring our students.
With our efforts and your support, I am sure we can continue to progress towards making our department one of the top accounting departments in the country.
Chair, Department of Accounting