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September 2020 Department Digest and Awards

September 2020 Department Digest and Awards

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The Accounting department was informed by AACSB in May 2020 that the department has achieved accounting accreditation for five additional years.

The forensic accounting group conducted its first ever virtual residencies. Pitch-to-Prosecutor, Crime Scene Investigation - Financial, Interviewing for Deception and Moot Court were all conducted using virtual platforms. Moot court included 20 participating lawyers from Steptoe & Johnson, PLLC.

MAcc Coordinator Gary LeDonne, along with Accounting 200, 201, 202 TAPS Nancy Lynch and Cindy Dalton put together a teaching assistant program this summer to support large online sections of these courses. The participating MAcc students will help ensure that entry-level undergraduate students have high levels of support, quick feedback to questions and a more personalized experience.

Professors John Treu and Ji Woo Ryou had articles accepted in the Accounting Review this summer. Ji Woo Ryou also had an article accepted in the Journal of Corporate Finance.

The Board of Governors voted to accept the recommendations of the Graduate Councils for MS Forensic and Fraud Examination to continue with its current level of activity.

The American Accounting Association (AAA) recognized Lauren Cooper, D. Kip Holderness, Jr., Trevor L. Sorensen, and David A. Wood as the recipients of the 2020 Accounting Horizons Best Paper Award for their article "Robotic Process Automation in Public Accounting," published in the December 2019 issue.

Professor Christian Schaupp’s international efforts in the Honors Program continue to receive recognition. His proposal for the Virtual Exchange Faculty Grant has been accepted for his project utilizing global consulting projects with Münster University of Applied Sciences, Fulda University of Applied Sciences, and Universidad Pontificia Bolivariana.


Professor Paul Speaker received the following awards:
National Institute of Justice’s Forensic Technology Center for Excellence (Award 2016-DN-BX-K110), subcontract Number 4-321-0215513-52953L:

  1. "The Return on Investment from Reducing Turnaround Time for Processing DUI-Drug Cases," $89,242, July 20, 2020 – February 28, 2021.
  2. "Workforce Calculator Continuation," $85,754, July 20, 2020 – February 28, 2021.
  3. "Medical Examiner/Coroner Outsourcing Cost Study," $71,660, July 20, 2020 – February 28, 2021.

Professor Paul Speaker had his research paper, "Project FORESIGHT: A Ten-Year Retrospective" with co-author M. M. Houck” accepted in Forensic Science International: Synergy. 

The Center for Financial Literacy and Education, in conjunction with the Finance Department, recently received a $38,000 Executive Training Program Gift. Finance Faculty Brant Hammer, Frank DeGeorge, and David Fragale will be teaching the 15-week program to a group of burgeoning Portfolio Managers from United Bank. This partnership was initiated through the 2019 Banking Summit and cultivated further due to a long-standing relationship with Finance Professor Paul Speaker.


Associate Professor Xiaoxiao Hu had her research paper, “Effects of Customer Entitlement on Employee Emotion Regulation, Conceding Service Behavior, and Burnout: The Moderating Role of Customer Sovereignty Belief” accepted for publication in the European Journal of Work and Organizational Psychology.

Doctoral student Alanna Hirshman won the Best Paper Award in the Strategic Management Track (Track7) for the 2020 Southern Management Association Annual Meeting. Recently, she also received the2020 Management Doctoral Student (MDS) Association Young Educator Award.

Professor Jeff Houghton and doctoral student Richard Oxarart had their research paper ,“Leader Power and Agency-Communion Orientations as Moderators of the Effects of Organizational Characteristics on Workplace Bullying” accepted for publication in the Employee Rights and Responsibilities Journal.

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