Merves Research Fellow Jayanthi Krishnan was promoted this fall to full professor. Krishnan joined the Department of Accounting in Fall 2000. She teaches cost accounting and intermediate accounting for undergraduate students, and financial and managerial accounting for the school’s MBA programs. Her research interests are in the areas of audit quality, audit regulations and the impact of international diversification on auditor decision-making.

Dr. Jayanthi Krishnan has been named to the Fox School Dean’s Research Honor Roll and has received the Business Honors Association Teacher of the Year Award, 2008 Musser Excellence in Leadership Award for teaching and several other faculty awards. Krishnan is also the recipient of the 2015 American Accounting Association’s Notable Contribution to the Auditing Literature Award for “Audit Committee Quality and Internal Control: An Empirical Analysis,” printed in The Accounting Review. She is an editor of Auditing: A Journal of Practice & Theory, and serves on the editorial boards of The Accounting Review, Accounting Horizons, and Current Issues in Auditing.

Director of the Master of Accountancy program Sheri Risler, CPA was promoted to Associate Professor of Practice this fall. In 2011, Professor Risler was named the Director of the Fox School Master of Accountancy Program. She has received several faculty awards, including the 2009 Beta Alpha Psi Teacher of the Year Award, the 2012 Master of Accountancy Faculty Award, the 2013 Musser Award for Faculty Service and the 2017 Student Professional Organizations Faculty Award.

Professor Risler is a member of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants (AICPA) and the Pennsylvania Institute of Certified Public Accountants (PICPA). Risler was the recipient of the 2016 PICPA Volunteer Service Award. In March 2017, she was appointed to the Pennsylvania State Board of Accountancy as a board member for a four-year term. Prior to joining the faculty in 1997, she was an Audit Partner with the Philadelphia office of Ernst & Young where she provided a broad range of services to entrepreneurial, middle market and public companies.

Professor Cory Ng, was named a Dean’s Teaching Fellows by the Center for Innovation in Teaching and Learning for 2018-2019, for his consistent demonstration of innovation and excellence in the classroom. Professor Ng’s professional background as a Certified Public Accountant and as an educator taught him the importance of critical thinking, problem solving, respecting diversity, keeping a global perspective and behaving ethically in the workplace. He is also a Honors Faculty Fellow for 2018-2019 academic year.

Since joining the Department of Accounting in 2015, Ng has developed a new special topics course for the Master of Accountancy program focusing on data visualization using Tableau software. Ng was also the recipient of the Department of Accounting’s Departmental Adjunct Teaching Award for Excellence in the Classroom (2015) and the Student Professional Organization Award (2017). Beyond the Fox School, Ng has published four papers in the Pennsylvania CPA Journal since 2016 and was recently appointed to the Pennsylvania Institute of Certified Public Accountants Board of Directors.

More faculty news.

Profesor Gordon in classroom at podium
Professor Elizabeth Gordon in the classroom

As chair of the American Accounting Association (AAA) 2019 New Faculty Consortium, Professor Elizabeth Gordon of the Department of Accounting helps support new faculty members during their critical transition from doctoral student to colleague. The annual event brings together over 130 new faculty members and 30 senior faculty members for three-day conference, held this winter in Leesburg, Virginia.

“We want faculty to be able to succeed in the profession, so the AAA has made the commitment, with the funding of Ernst & Young [Foundation] to provide this development opportunity,” says Gordon. “We help them understand and identify what’s expected at their institution.”

A premiere event for the American Accounting Association, the New Faculty Consortium has been running for decades. Gordon attended the conference as a young academic and has presented on balancing research, teaching and service in the past. She was selected to join and chair the New Faculty Consortium Committee because of her commitment to the profession and to the development of the next generation of teachers.

The program’s mission is to support recent doctoral graduates and new faculty members as they develop into successful scholars. The AAA’s working definition of a scholar is “someone who gains new knowledge and disseminates it to others through teaching, research and service to his/her institution, to the academy and to the accounting profession.”

The senior faculty members present on topics such as: enriching your career through service; understanding the editorial process; navigating the research and administrative process; and balancing your career and your personal life. The program also provides valuable workshops on teaching and learning, for attendees who may not have taught as PhD students. Senior faculty also mentor the new faculty in groups and individually, with the hope that the connections built at the conference continue.

For Gordon it is important to include members who have had more challenging career paths. “For some it might have been a bit rockier road and that’s always good for the new faculty to hear,” adds Gordon. “Sometimes you might hit some bumps but your success is out there.”

Exterior photo of Alter HallThe Fox School of Business at Temple University will introduce new academic programs for the 2016-17 academic year.

A Bachelor of Science program in Statistical Science and Data Analytics headlines the new offerings by the Fox School, and joins two undergraduate minors in Leadership and International Business Administration.

At the graduate level, students can elect for MBA concentrations in either Business Analytics or Enterprise Risk Management. In Fall 2016, Fox also will launch a Master of Science degree program in Business Analytics.

“The addition of new programs and concentrations demonstrate our reputation as one of the nation’s most-comprehensive business schools,” said Dr. M. Moshe Porat, Dean of the Fox School of Business. “Employers and industry partners agree that these areas represent emerging fields and areas of study wherein professionals and leaders are in great demand, and we have the diverse, renowned faculty to answer the call of industry and these support programs.”

The undergraduate major in Statistical Science and Data Analysis will provide students with the ability to select, utilize and apply quantitative reasoning and data analytic skills to their future fields of study, according to program director Dr. Alexandra Carides, Associate Professor of Statistical Science.

The minor in International Business Administration incorporates the nationally ranked curriculum of Fox’s undergraduate-degree program in International Business. The minor requires only four courses and four prerequisites, delivering the cornerstones of international business education while offering students the opportunity to complete a study-abroad trip in the process.

The minor in Leadership cultivates stronger interpersonal skills for effective management and leadership positions. With courses focusing on workplace demands for leadership from both the organizational and interpersonal points of view, the minor allows students to move beyond technical competence as they step into leadership roles in industry.

The MBA concentration in Business Analytics is designed to enable graduate students to use data and models to recognize opportunities and to improve organizational decision-making. “Data-driven decision-making has been shown to have large positive effects on outcomes of interest to organizations of all types,” said Assistant Professor of Marketing and Supply Chain Management Dr. Eric Eisenstein, the concentration’s director. “Business Analytics concentrators will meet the growing demand for talent in the areas of managing, analyzing, predicting, and discovering insights from the complex data that is available to modern corporations.”

The MBA concentration in Enterprise Risk Management, offered by one of the most-prestigious Risk Management programs in the nation, will prepare MBA students to design and implement state-of-the-art processes that enhance and improve organizational strategic decision-making, how it manages risk across the enterprise, as well as improving traditional risk mitigation decisions. “This concentration will provide MBA candidates with the concepts and tools to develop advanced organizational risk management capabilities and pursue executive responsibility for managing enterprise-wide risks,” said Assistant Professor of Risk, Insurance, and Healthcare Management Dr. M. Michael Zuckerman, the concentration’s director.

All eligibility and declaration questions regarding the new undergraduate major and minors should be referred to Fox’s Center for Undergraduate Advising. Graduate students are encouraged to speak with their program advisors for more details about new curricula.

Be Your Own Boss BowlⓇ Finalist Presentation

April 10, 2012 //

Don’t Hesitate! Register Here!

Did you enter the Be Your Own Boss BowlⓇ 2012? Did you miss out on submitting your plan but still want to be apart of all the action?

Register today for the Finalist Presentations and see some of the Temple’s best plans in action. The winner will take home a grand prize and other prizes will awarded to Be Your Own Boss Bowl participants.

This is one of the biggest competitions here at Temple University so you don’t want to miss out! Maybe you will even be inspired to compete next year!

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Management & Ownership Business Planning Workshop

Tuesday, November 22 4:30 – 6:00 pm

Innovation and Entrepreneurship Institute
503d Alter Hall, Temple University Main Campus

Speaker: Franne McNeal, Significant Business Results Coach, HR Energy

Did you miss this event? Watch the video now!

Among her clients, Franne’s code name is “Franne-Tastic”, because
of her boundless energy, 4am emails and commitment to significant business results.

Franne’s experience as a serial entrepreneur, business coach and marketing professional has attracted 1000 entrepreneurs and professionals to choose her as their significant business results coach.

Franne has provided workshops, consulting and speaking services to corporations, universities, non-profits, governmental agencies and national conferences. She consistently receives “excellent” reviews and is chosen by her peers for strategic collaborative projects.

No RSVP necessary. Coffee and snacks will be served.

You don’t know what your missing until it’s gone! It’s the perfect start to a great Thanksgiving, Join us for another fascinating and enthralling session of IEI’s Business Workshops!

Be Your Own Boss Bowl® Info Session #2

November 17, 2011 //

Did you ever want to create your own business? Have a business plan and a head full of ideas but no where to put them? Want to have a chance to win money toward your business plan? Well look no further! Be your own boss bowl competition is underway, so come to the info sessions and learn how to get started!

Get a team together, sign out a business plan “How To” book and jump right in, you never know your idea could be the next big thing! Come, grab a snack and a drink, network, learn the essentials of the competition and maybe even meet some like-minded individuals that could be on your team.

Join us, Monday November 28th, 5-7pm at the Alter Hall Undergrad commons. You don’t want to miss out on an opportunity like this one!

Register now and we will see you next Monday!

As top advisory groups warn that the United States must improve cyber intelligence systems, the Fox School of Business is preparing to launch a new Master of Science in Information Technology Auditing and Cyber-Security (ITACS) that will prepare students for a range of career options and produce graduates who can assess, manage and control IT risks.

The Intelligence and National Security Alliance recently warned that the U.S. must improve its cyber intelligence to better safeguard against IT-related threats. Amid the ongoing national discussion on cyber intelligence and security, Fox will soon be among the first business schools in the country to offer this type of specialized master’s degree. The program, based in the Management Information Systems (MIS) Department and expected to launch in January, is accepting applications.

“Starting this is cutting-edge,” said Richard Flanagan, the program’s academic director and a former senior member of the Rohm and Haas global IT team. “I think Temple and the Fox School have both the entrepreneurial spirit and MIS expertise that will allow this program to flourish.”

The Fox ITACS program will train students for careers as IT auditors who analyze organizational risks and apply solutions that reduce threats, promote transparency, and comply with government regulations.

The program is based on the model curriculum of ISACA, a global association of information systems professionals, and Fox students are expected to complete the Certified Information System Auditor (CISA) exam at the end of their studies. IT auditors holding the CISA credential have rapidly expanding career options at accounting firms, multinational corporations, consultancies and government agencies.

In 2010, IT Skills and Certifications Pay Index recognized CISA as the highest-paying IT security certification, and SC Magazine named CISA as a finalist for the 2011 “Best Professional Certification Program” title.

“CISAs are in much demand all over the world,” said Flanagan, an assistant professor of MIS who identifies Temple’s international presence and diverse student body as key strengths of the program. “They command a premium salary.”

The 12-month, full-time Master of Science in Information Technology Auditing and Cyber-Security includes 10 courses in both compressed and traditional semester formats and culminates in a capstone that prepares students for the CISA exam.

Interested students are invited to attend upcoming open houses: Wednesday, Sept. 21, at 12:30 p.m. in Speakman Hall Room 207 or Thursday, Sept. 22, at 4 p.m. in Speakman Hall Room 200. For more information, including admissions requirements and course descriptions, visit

May 2010

Temple University students will soon be able to hold their green thumbs high with a seal of approval thanks to a new minor in Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) to be offered by the Fox School of Business.

The CSR minor will consist of six courses – three required and three electives – and will be offered to both business and non-business students beginning in Fall 2010. The courses will not require prerequisites.

“[Sustainability is] not just a business issue – it’s an everybody issue,” said Debbie Campbell, the Fox School’s senior assistant dean of undergraduate programs, who worked for 15 months to bring the minor to fruition. “Young, energetic people who think out of the box – they’re going to see sustainable opportunities much quicker with the minor.”

The CSR minor will integrate sustainability into the educational curriculum and expand research and community engagement. In doing so, the minor will help fulfill two objectives of the Climate Action Plan Temple President Ann Weaver Hart signed as part of the American College and University Presidents Climate Commitment.

“We had students asking for these courses, but we couldn’t offer them. Now we can,” Campbell said. “It’s about making a profit, but doing it in a way that doesn’t hurt the planet.”

The first course to be completed by CSR minors will be Corporate Sustainability: People, Profits and Planet, taught by Dr. Lynne Andersson, associate professor of human resources management. After completing the course, students should have a grasp of the nature and extent of the current global environmental crisis, an understanding of the concept of sustainability and an appreciation of how organizations can take action toward it.

Students will also be required to complete Environmental Law, taught by Dr. Samuel D. Hodge Jr., professor and chair of Legal Studies and winner of the 2010 Provost’s Award for Innovative Teaching in General Education. Hodge is also a university Great Teacher.

In addition to completing nine elective credits with courses ranging from Business Ethics to the College of Liberal Arts’ Energy, Ecology and the Economy, CSR minors will cap off their requirements with Sustainability on the Ground. The course will require students to complete 120 hours with partners within the Sustainable Business Network of Greater Philadelphia, as well as complete a project under the supervision of a faculty member.

“Sustainability on the Ground is really to help the small businesses,” Campbell said. “It’s for students to go into the community and help business owners identify or implement sustainable business practices.”

Students interested in enrolling in the CSR minor may seek more information in the Fox School’s Center for Undergraduate Advising in Speakman Hall Room 101. Environmental Engineering, Community and Regional Planning, Landscape Architecture, and Geography and Urban Studies are also offering CSR courses for the new minor.

Many high school students are interested in business and statistics, but when they hear the words, “Certified Public Accountant” (CPA) they might not know what the title truly means. To provide high school students with insight into the accounting profession, Temple University’s Fox School of Business Accounting Department hosted the first-everPassport to Opportunity on Oct. 27 at the Howard Gittis Student Center. Nearly 300 students from 11 Philadelphia-area high schools attended the event.

Sheri Risler, CPA, professor of accounting practice at Fox, organized the event in conjunction with the Pennsylvania Institute of Certified Accountants (PICPA) and the Relations with Schools & Colleges Committee. Risler said, “The event is a great opportunity to showcase Fox’s accounting program to students interested in the accounting degree and profession.”

Temple men’s basketball coach and Fox professor, Fran Dunphy, kick-started the event, telling students, “This is your opportunity to do great in high school and do your best. Give it everything you have and be a good person.” Dunphy related to students through basketball by describing specific challenges some of his athletes had faced and how they overcame them by working hard.

Hard work and determination were key themes addressed throughout the day’s event. Keynote speakers, Fox accounting professors, Temple seniors in the program, and representatives from the Center for Student Professional Development (CSPD) provided various tips on how to get into college or business school, detailed course requirements for accounting majors, and offered career and internship advice.

Keynote speaker Neil G. Lubarsky, CPA and Senior Vice President and CFO for Thomas Jefferson University Hospitals, described his responsibilities making all of the financial decisions for the hospital and its 700 employees.  He explained that good accountants must be skilled in math, have proficiency with the latest in information technology, have good communication and organizational skills, and possess integrity.

Sheri Risler briefed students on the various accounting courses offered at Fox, the steps required to become a licensed CPA, and referenced the book, Fresh Perspectives-A student’s handbook to becoming a CPA as a tool for students to gather more information on the opportunities available to accountants. Megan Rimer, associate director for CSPD, described the resources available at CSPD. She outlined the various employment options available to accountants, including working at public, private, corporate or government firms.  She noted the importance of students being prepared for college by achieving high SAT scores and good grades, and becoming involved in extracurricular activities, such as athletics or community service.

BBA students majoring in accounting spoke about how they have already secured positions after graduation, and remarked how helpful Fox’s CSPD was to them in finding internships and full-time positions.  Jonathan Reiter and Joe Yurkanin expressed how important it is for students to get involved in professional associations or organizations during their college career, and highlighted the student accounting organizations within Fox.

High school juniors Sash Wynter and Tash Morgan Wynter, and senior,
Kimisha Simpson, all from Haverford High School, said it was very beneficial to hear firsthand about majoring in accounting and the skills needed to break into the industry. Each has a strong interest in business and accounting, and is a member of the Future Business Leaders of America (FBLA) association.

Because this year’s Passport to Opportunity was so successful, Fox’s accounting department hopes to make it an annual event.