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Accounting

The PhD concentration in Accounting produces high-caliber doctoral graduates who are ready to assume faculty responsibilities in accounting and related departments at major research universities. The department has fifteen full-time faculty members who hold doctorates from top business schools, and several faculty members serve on editorial boards for major accounting journals such as The Accounting Review, Journal of Accounting and Economics and Contemporary Accounting Research.

In addition to the Fox School’s requirements, Accounting students will fulfill research, presentation and publication obligations during their course of study. Recent graduates from our program have found research positions at Carnegie Research Universities such as Virginia Commonwealth University, American University and Georgia Southern University. Senior Alumni of the program also hold endowed chaired professorships as well as senior administrative positions such as Dean or Chancellor of Universities. Former students of our faculty have received Outstanding Dissertation Awards of the American Accounting Association and some hold chaired professorships at other universities.

The BYU Research Ranking System ranks Temple’s accounting department among the top 20 accounting programs based on research productivity. The department ranks among the top 10 universities in archival auditing and archival managerial accounting. One of our faculty members also received the AAA’s prestigious Distinguished Contribution to Accounting Literature Award.

To ensure that their applications receive early attention, applicants are encouraged to email Professor Jagan Krishnan with their Curriculum Vitae and GMAT score report even before starting the formal application process. For more information please consult the Accounting Department website and program promotional materials.


Accounting Faculty

Concentration Advisor:
Dr. Jagannathan Krishnan

Title: Professor and Merves Senior Research Fellow
Research Interests: International Financial Reporting Standards
Office: Alter Hall 456
E-mail: krish@temple.edu


Dr. Hilal Atasoy

Title: Assistant Professor
Research Interests: IT Management and Effects of E-Commerce
Office: Alter Hall 441
E-mail: hilal.atasoy@temple.edu


Dr. Steven Balsam

Title: Professor and Merves Senior Research Fellow
Research Interests: Taxation, Financial Accounting, Executive Compensation
Office: Alter Hall 454
E-mail: drb@temple.edu


Dr. Rajiv Banker

Title: Professor & Merves Chair
Research Interests: Planning and Control Systems
Office: Alter Hall 461
E-mail: banker@temple.edu


Dr. Sudipta Basu

Title: Professor
Research Interests: Earnings Forecasts, Origins of Accounting, and Effects of Conservatism
Office: Alter Hall 455
E-mail: sudipta.basu@temple.edu


Dr. Lawrence Brown

Title: Seymour Wolfbein Professor
Research Interests: Business Economics, Finance and Accounting
Office: Alter Hall 403
E-mail: ldbrown@temple.edu


Dr. Dmitri Byzalov

Title: Associate Professor
Research Interests: Managerial Accounting, Cost Behavior, Strategy and Firm Performance.
Office: Alter Hall 452
E-mail: dbyzalov@temple.edu


Shunlan Fang

Title: Assistant Professor
Office: Alter Hall 440
E-mail: shunlan.fang@temple.edu


Dr. Elizabeth Gordon

Title: Associate Professor and Merves Research Fellow
Research Interests: Financial Accounting and Reporting, International Financial Reporting and Convergence, Accounting Regulation and Standard-Setting
Office: Alter Hall 453
E-mail: egordon@temple.edu


Dr. Jayanthi Krishnan

Title: Associate Professor and Merves Research Fellow
Research Interests: Financial Accounting, Auditing
Office: Alter Hall 458
E-mail: jaykrish@temple.edu


Dr. Xi Li

Title: Assistant Professor
Research Interests: Financial Reporting, Product Market Competition, Corporate Governance
Office: Alter Hall 449
E-mail: xili@temple.edu


Dr. Mihir N. Mehta

Title: Assistant Professor
Research Interests: Socail Networks and Information Transfers; Role of Bank, Manager and Firm reputations
Office: Alter Hall 447
E-mail: mnmehta@temple.edu


Dr. Eric Press

Title: Professor and Accounting Department Chair
Research Interests: Lending Agreements, Earnings Management and Insider Trading
Office: Alter Hall 448
E-mail: eric.press@temple.edu


Dr. Lucas Threinen

Title: Assistant Professor
Research Interests: Managerial Accounting, Cost Behavior, Management in the Nonprofit Sector
Office: Alter Hall 450
E-mail: lucas.threinen@temple.edu



Accounting Students


Tom Adams

Email: tom.adams@temple.edu

Tom Adams joined the Ph.D. Program in 2011. He is a Certified Public Accountant in the state of Pennsylvania; he is also an Accounting Doctoral Scholarship (ADS) recipient. Tom received his B.S. degree in Accounting and Finance from La Salle University. Prior to joining Temple, Tom spent four years at KPMG LLP (audit) and two years at Teleflex Incorporated. Tom is a member of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants, Pennsylvania Institute of Certified Public Accountants, and American Accounting Association. His research interests are in auditing and financial accounting.

View Curriculum Vitae


Byung Hoon Jin

Email: bhjin@temple.edu

Byung Hoon Jin received his B.S. degree in accounting (with highest distinction) from Indiana University, the Kelley School of Business in 2005 and MPA degree from University of Texas at Austin, the McCombs School of Business in 2007. He passed AICPA examination in 2003 and worked for PricewaterhouseCoopers as a consultant and an auditor before joining Temple University. In his spare time, he enjoys playing basketball and watching movies.


Joshua Khavis

Email: joshua.khavis@temple.edu

Joshua Khavis joined the Ph.D. Program in 2014. Joshua received his Masters degree in Taxation from Baruch College’s Zicklin School of Business. He also holds a dual B.B.A. degree in Finance and Information Systems from Pace University from which he has graduated Summa Cum Laude in less than 3.5 years and successfully completed his University’s honors program. After finishing Pace, Mr. Khavis was awarded the prestigious US Fulbright Fellowship and as a result has conducted capital markets research in Israel for a year. Prior to joining Temple, Joshua was part of the NYC startup scene where he oversaw operations, accounting and finance for a number of startups. He has also worked in the fixed income technology division at Barclays Investment Bank. His research interests are in capital markets and financial accounting.

View Curriculum Vitae


So Yean Kwack

Email: soyean@temple.edu

So Yean Kwack joined the Ph.D program in Fall 2011. She holds a B.S. degree in English Language & Literature, minoring in Business Administration from Yonsei University and an M.B.A. degree from University of Michigan concentrating in Finance and Accounting. She passed her CPA exams in 2003 and has worked at HSBC Korea for four years as a senior financial analyst at Financial Control Department before joining Temple University. Her current research interest is in financial accounting. She enjoys traveling and good food.

View Curriculum Vitae


Jangwook Lee

Email: jangwook.lee@temple.edu

JangWook Lee joined the Temple Accounting Ph.D. program in Fall 2012. He holds an M.A. degree in Statistics from Columbia University, an M.S. degree in Accounting from Baruch College, CUNY, and a Bachelor’s degree in Business Administration from Korea University. He worked for SK Networks in the business strategy team in South Korea before he came to the United States. His current research interests include capital markets and corporate governance. In his spare time, he enjoys classical music and taking photos of landscapes.


Sophie Li Liang

Email: sophie.liang@temple.edu

Sophie Li Liang joined the Ph.D. program in Fall 2011. She is a University Presidential Fellowship recipient. She holds a B.S. degree Summa Cum Laude and a M.S. degree in Accounting from Hunter College - the City University of New York. She has three years of professional experience in corporate accounting and federal, state and local taxation in various CPA firms and private companies. In her spare time, Sophie enjoys playing piano and flute, painting and caring for shelter cats.


Lu Lu

Email: lu.lu@temple.edu

Lu Lu joined the Ph.D. Program in 2014. She is a member of China Institute of Certified Public Accountants and has passed the uniform CPA exams of AICPA. Lu received her B.S. in Accounting at Tsinghua University. Prior to joining Temple, she worked at KPMG Beijing in the auditing department, and Tricor Consultancy in the financial service department. Her public accounting experience included assurance services, financial services and tax compliance works. Lu’s research interests are primarily in the field of auditing and financial disclosure. View Curriculum Vitae


Hyunjin Oh

Email: hyunjin.oh@temple.edu

Hyunjin Oh joined the Temple Accounting Ph.D. program in Fall 2014. She is a University Presidential Fellowship recipient. She holds a M.S. degree in Accounting from Seoul Nation University (Graduated with First Class Honors). She received her Bachelor’s degree in Industrial Engineering with a minor in Management Science from Korea Advanced Institute of Science and Technology. Her current research interests are broadly in empirical managerial accounting. View Curriculum Vitae


Han-Up Park

Email: hanup@temple.edu

Before joining Temple, I shortly practiced pro-bono statistical consulting. I study forecasting and regulation. A current project examines security analysts' optimal choice of information set under uncertainty. My regulation research focuses on evaluation methods by simulation and partial-identification.

Diverse mix of research in accounting department provides immediate implications on accounting practice and regulation. I recognize the accounting department in Fox School of Business is one of a few places where you pursue academic rigor and practicality. It makes the research more challenging but even more interesting.

View Curriculum Vitae


Neal Vandenberg

Email: neal.vandenberg@temple.edu

Neal Vandenberg, CPA, joined the Ph.D. Program in 2010. He is an Accounting Doctoral Scholarship (ADS) recipient. He holds an MBA - Emphasis in Accounting and a BBA, double majoring in Accounting and Finance, from Grand Valley State University (GVSU). Neal joined PricewaterhouseCoopers immediately out of his master’s program and worked 4 years in the assurance practice, until joining the Fox School of Business in 2010. His research interests include audit, financial reporting and disclosure, managerial accounting and international accounting. In his spare time, Neal enjoys traveling, cooking, spending time with friends or family and staying physically active by playing sports and other activities. He is a member of the AICPA, MACPA (Michigan) and American Accounting Association.


Jiani Wang

Email: jiani.wang@temple.edu

Jiani Wang joined the Temple Accounting Ph.D. program in Fall 2013. She is a University Presidential Fellowship recipient. Jiani earned her M.S. Degree in Accounting at University of Delaware in 2012, and a Bachelor’s degree in Finance from University of International Business and Economics in China 2010. She passed her CPA exams in 2013 and has worked in DuPont Company on its Global Accounting Convergence Project for one year before joining Temple University. In her spare time, she enjoys reading, traveling and making creative dishes.

View Curriculum Vitae


Chunnan Zhang

Email: Chunnan.zhang@temple.edu

Chunnan Zhang joined the Ph.D. program in Fall 2012. She received her M.S. Accounting degree from University at Albany-SUNY (the State University of New York) in 2010 and M.A. Economics degree from SUNY Buffalo in 2012. She holds a B.A. degree in English, minor in Business Administration from Shanghai University (China) in 2008. In her spare time, she likes reading, swimming and jogging.


Daqun Zhang

Email: daqun.zhang@temple.edu

Daqun Zhang joined the Ph.D. program in Fall 2009. He holds a Ph.D. degree in Management Science from University of Science and Technology of China. His current research interests are in Managerial accounting, Contract theory, Capital Market research and Data Envelopment Analysis. He has published several articles in SCI journals including Annals of operations research, Journal of the Operational Research Society and Omega. Daqun enjoys jogging, fitting exercise, movies and music.


Sample Curriculum


Financial Aid

All students admitted to our program are considered for full financial support. Funding typically comes in the form of an assistantship and includes full tuition and a competitive stipend for at least four years, based on adequate progress and yearly evaluations. Students who apply before the January 15 deadline will also be considered for Temple’s prestigious university fellowships.

 

 

 


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Contact

  • Paul Pavlou
    Associate Dean of Research, Doctoral Programs and Strategic Initiatives
    pavlou@temple.edu
    213.268.2259
  • Lisa Fitch
    Assistant Director, Doctoral Programs
    lfitch@temple.edu
    215.204.7677