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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 Eric’s doctoral dissertation and examines the effects of providing workers with relative performance information (RPI) on employers’ promotion decisions and the impact of those decisions on worker performance. His results found both positive and negative impacts from workers who have RPI and he discusses possible solutions to mitigate the problems he identified.

Congratulations to one of our newest faculty members on his latest honor!

William Kinney Inaugural Speaker for Symposium Series

William Kinney was selected to speak at the "Leading Accounting Scholars Symposium Series" at the Kelley School of Business at Indiana University. The two-day seminar workshop was on Planning for Research Success in Accounting. Professor Kinney was the Inaugural speaker for the event, a perfect choice due to his leading the development of research on auditing and related accounting phenomena for fifty years. 

Professor Kinney has previously taught ACC 380K, Accounting/Audit Research: Design & Evaluation, where he encouraged our students to pursue their own questions in accounting research.  We are fortunate to have not only an accounting legend but also a member of The Accounting Hall of Fame amongst our faculty. We're certain the seminar was a smashing success!

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 pursue PhD’s in business. We started the project 20 years ago and I have been involved with it since the beginning. It has been one of the most rewarding experiences of my career.”

Dr. Clement sets a high standard for doctoral candidates as director of the Department of Accounting’s Ph.D. program.

Dr. Jennifer Joe, one of his nominators for the Hall Of Fame, said, "I don't believe that it would be an exaggeration to state that were it not for Michael Clement, there might be not be a PhD Project as we know it today. Even as a student about to graduate, Michael served as a role model to many of us who were at the beginning of our doctoral careers. In his quiet self-deprecating manner he let us know that if he was able to succeed, then the rest of us could."

The PhD Project, a non-profit organization founded by the KPMG Foundation in 1994, recruits minority professionals from business into doctoral programs in all business disciplines. Since its inception, the PhD Project has been a driving force behind the increase in the number of minority business professors from 294 to 1,269. Further, 308 minority students are currently enrolled in doctoral programs, and will take their place at the front of the classroom over the next few years. The Project attacks a root cause of minority under-representation in corporate jobs: historically, very few minority college students study business as an entrée to a corporate career. Diversifying the faculty attracts more minorities to study business and better prepares all students to function in a multicultural workforce.

Bob George Joins Audit Committee

Bob George has just accepted an invitation to join The University of Texas Health Science Center of Houston Institutional Audit Committee. He will serve as an external member of the committee for a three-year term beginning in September. The Committee is an important component of the risk management and internal control infrastructure of UTHealth.

Established in 1972 by The University of Texas System Board of Regents, UTHealth is Houston’s Health University and Texas’ resource for health care education, innovation, scientific discovery and excellence in patient care. The most comprehensive academic health center in The UT System and the U.S. Gulf Coast region, UTHealth is home to schools of biomedical informatics, biomedical sciences, dentistry, medicine, nursing and public health and includes The University of Texas Harris County Psychiatric Center and a growing network of clinics throughout the region.

Congratulations Bob!

Brian Lendecky Awarded MEMBA Professor Award

Brian Lendecky was chosen by 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 executives who want to stay close to home, but still earn a U.S. MBA. Brian teaches both Financial and Managerial Accounting at the Tecnológico de Monterrey - Campus Santa Fe.

Congratulations on another faculty award, Brian!