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At the Fox School of Business and the School of Tourism and Hospitality Management, PhD students work closely with world-renowned faculty to publish their research in top journals and learn best practices in the classroom.
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As an integral part of a major research university, the Fox School of Business is committed to creating, analyzing and disseminating knowledge accross several business disciplines. We believe that quality education derives from discipline-based and practice-focused research.
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Dr. Paul Pavlou, the recently appointed Associate Dean of the Fox School's PhD program, is committed to further improving the doctoral studies program, student research initiatives and faculty-mentor relationships.
4th Annual Doctoral Programs School-Wide Research Competition
Wednesday, October 8th, 2014 at 12:00pm


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.

For more information about the Accounting department, please visit their website.

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
Webpage: http://astro.temple.edu/~krish
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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
Webpage: http://sites.temple.edu/atasoy/
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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
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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
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Dr. Lawrence Brown

Title: Seymour Wolfbein Professor
Research Interests: Business Economics, Finance and Accounting
Office: Alter Hall 403
E-mail: ldbrown@temple.edu
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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
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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
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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
Webpage: http://astro.temple.edu/~xili/
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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
Webpage: http://sites.temple.edu/mnmehta/

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
Webpage: http://courses.temple.edu/epress/
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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

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.

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Pamela Engelberg

Pamela Engelberg, CPA, joined the Ph.D. Program in 2012. She is an Accounting Doctoral Scholarship (ADS) recipient and a CPA in the state of New York. Pamela received her B.S. in Accounting at Binghamton University in 2009. Prior to joining Temple, she spent three years working at PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP in the tax practice. Her public accounting experience included both tax provision and tax compliance work. Pamela’s research interests are primarily in the field of taxation. She is a member of the AICPA and the American Accounting Association.

Byung Hoon Jin

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.

So Yean Kwack

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.

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Jangwook Lee

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.

Soojin Lee

Soojin Lee joined the PhD program in 2011. She holds B.S degree in Mathematics, B.A degree in Business from EWHA Womans University and MBA from Seoul National University. She was a financial service manager in BMW. Her experience widely ranged from process re-engineering to an appointment as a BSC committee member. Her primary project was managing performance evaluation of dealerships. After her MBA degree, she was hired back to BMW as a sole consultant responsible for designing and implementing BSC (Balanced Scorecard) to dealerships. While her current research interests are in managerial accounting, performance evaluation and Balanced Scorecard, she has never lost her vivid interest in auto-industry. In Temple, she aspires to expand her research interest in interdisciplinary manner with industrial expertise.

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Shaopeng Li

Shaopeng Li joined the Ph.D. Program in Fall 2008. He holds a bachelor’s degree in management from Nanjing University, China. His research interests are financial accounting, financial markets, and management accounting. In his spare time, he enjoys reading books and swimming.

Sophie Li Liang

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.

Han-Up Park

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.

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Neal Vandenberg

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

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.

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Chunnan Zhang

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

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.

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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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    Associate Dean of Research, Doctoral Programs and Strategic Initiatives
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    Assistant Director, Doctoral Programs