Research explores use of accounting information in managerial decision-making, with an emphasis on strategic performance measurement systems and employee performance reward systems. Recipient of Katz teaching award.
The University of Pittsburgh Katz Graduate School Accounting Doctoral Program prepares graduates to succeed as accounting scholars and educators at top business schools worldwide. The Accounting PhD program features rigorous coursework, thorough research training, and close working relationships between doctoral students and faculty to prepare students to be leading accounting academics. Our graduates have an excellent track record of placements at research-oriented business schools and in succeeding in those environments.
All accounting doctoral students are provided with four years of financial support, with three of those years being appointments as a research assistant working with faculty members. The remaining year is provided in exchange for teaching development activities. This ensures that all graduates develop both excellent research and teaching skills.
Addressing the Growing Shortage of Accounting Faculty
In response to the growing shortage of academically-qualified university accounting faculty members, especially those with recent experience in the practice of auditing and tax, concerned practitioners, leaders from over 70 of the largest firms, and 10 state CPA societies have joined together to fund the Accounting Doctoral Scholars (ADS) Program. The ADS Program is administered by the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants Foundation under the oversight of an Advisory Council. The initiating sponsors have committed financial support totaling nearly $16 million over an eight-year period for the Program.
Accounting doctoral students must complete two years of coursework in programs of study tailored to the PhD student's interests. In addition, accounting PhD students must also take graduate-level courses in economics and statistics and five accounting PhD seminars. Finally, accounting PhD students will be required to take additional coursework in finance, econometrics, game theory, cognitive psychology, experimental design, and other areas as appropriate.
Katz accounting doctoral students' research interests have included experimental economics, behavioral auditing, capital markets, corporate governance, organizational design and incentives in health care and economic modeling of accounting phenomena.
The University of Pittsburgh Katz Graduate School is one of the best programs in the country with respect to our placements. View recent placements from our program.
Many of the University of Pittsburgh Katz Graduate School Accounting PhD Program alumni are now chaired professors at top business schools:
The Deloitte Foundation awards a very competitive $25,000 Doctoral Fellowship each year to 10 students in the country. Since 2010, three of our students (Patrick Martin in 2010, Bryan Stikeleather in 2012, and Michele Frank in 2014) have received these prestigious fellowships.
University of Pittsburgh Katz Graduate School Accounting PhD students have been awarded outstanding dissertation awards by AAA sections. For example, Jason Schloetzer was awarded the Managerial Accounting Section’s Outstanding Dissertation award (2009) and both Jennifer Joe (1999) and Jason Brown (2010) were awarded the ABO Outstanding Dissertation award.
University of Pittsburgh Katz Graduate School Accounting faculty and PhD student collaborations have resulted in best paper awards at several conferences. A paper by Karla Johnstone, Chan Li, and Shuqing Luo won the 2012 Best Paper at the Auditing Midyear Conference, and a paper by Harry Evans, Don Moser, Drew Newman, and Bryan Stikeleather won the 2012 Best Paper award at the Management Accounting section of the AAA meeting in August.
Two of our faculty members currently play prominent roles at The Accounting Review – Harry Evans is the Senior Editor and Don Moser is an Editor.
View a sample of published papers by accounting PhD students and professors.