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Department of Accounting Sweeps 2017 PAR Rankings for 8th Year in a Row

Continuing our now 8-year streak, the Department of Accounting swept the Public Accounting Report (PAR) Annual Professors Survey earning No. 1 rankings for our undergraduate, master's and doctoral programs.


  • For 26 years in a row, McCombs has placed first or second in the undergraduate rankings.
  • McCombs has led the master's program rankings for 23 out of the past 24 years.
  • Our doctoral program has taken the No.1 spot 14 times in the last 16 years.

The PAR is billed as “the independent newsletter of the accounting profession since 1978.” For the undergraduate and graduate rankings, professors for the past 35 years have been asked to rank programs at American colleges and universities on a 1 to 10 scale on the single question, “Which programs consistently turn out students capable of some day attaining partner status?” In the doctoral rankings, professors are asked to name the programs they most regard for turning out accounting professors.

We are extremely excited the PAR once again recognized us for our superior faculty, students, and programs. Hook 'em accountants!

 


Brady Williams and Donna Johnston-Blair Honored

The BBA Honor Roll is an initiative of the Undergraduate Business Council (UBC, the student leadership group) to acknowledge those who perform exceptionally well in the classroom in BBA classes, thus enriching the student experience and setting a standard that we all can aspire to.

We are pleased to announce that Lecturer Donna Johnston-Blair and Assistant Professor Brady Williams were selected for this honor. Especially considering a major factor in the selection is their overall instructor rating in the Course Instructor Survey. It's great to see students recognize our high-quality instructors as we have always focused on hiring the best and brightest.

Congratulations Brady and Donna!





Meet the Newest Accounting Faculty

This fall we welcome 2 new professors to the Department. Ronghou Zheng and Nicholas Hallman have both joined us as Assistant Professors.

Jennifer Timmermann Awarded Excellence in Accounting Award

Each spring, the McCombs School hosts an honor’s convocation at which a number of awards are presented to undergraduate students. The Accounting Department has chosen Jennifer Timmermann as the Excellence in Accounting Award recipient for 2016. In addition to the honor of being selected, the award provides a monetary gift of $1,000. While the award recipient is a 4th year student chosen primarily for their academic accomplishment, the department also commends Jennifer's reputation for hard work, asking thoughtful questions and being a consistent and regular participant in class discussions. The Honors Day ceremony takes place April 15, from 3-5 pm at the SAC.

Steve Limberg Selected as Associate Dean for Graduate Programs

Since Eric Hirst recently began serving as the Senior Associate Dean for McCombs, it left an opening for the Associate Dean for Graduate Programs. We are incredibly proud of the hard work and solid leadership Eric brought to the role, he has been instrumental in maintaining and extending academic and program excellence at McCombs. We are very excited to share the news that accounting faculty member and Faculty Director of the MPA Program, Steve Limberg will assume the duties of Associate Dean for Graduate Programs effective March 1, 2016.