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Department of Accounting

A photo of the outside of Douglas Hall in the evening with students walking by.

Welcome to the Department of Accounting

The accounting department is committed to quality in educational programming, research pursuits and community service. Education is a vital objective of the department. We deliver quality accounting education through a coordinated program of faculty advising and staff counseling. Internships are used as an additional vehicle to prepare students for the professional expectations of the workplace.

The department provides advanced study and synergistic programs through its graduate offerings, including the Master of Science in Accounting, joint Master of Science in Accounting/Master of Business Administration and Master of Business Administration accounting specialization. We ensure that graduates demonstrate proficiency in contemporary management skills such as information technology, communication techniques and teamwork. The program promotes a perspective of the global economy and cultural diversification necessary for the knowledge worker of the 21st century.

Commitment to research is an integral component of the department. We feature an academically respected and professionally qualified faculty who actively produce and support basic and applied research. Faculty research and teaching expectations emphasize individual strengths, interests and career development through a coordinated program of peer review, support and counsel. Our faculty pursue external service activities that enhance departmental visibility, reputation and presence at the local, national and international levels. We are dedicated to service to the students, college and university that enhances the university's urban mission.

Accounting Research Workshops

September 09, 2014 Anastasia Zakolyukina, U Chicago Paper: When Is Distress Risk Priced? Evidence from Recessionary Failure Prediction
September 23, 2014 Mary Billings NYU Paper: On Guidance and Volatility
October 14, 2014 Vishal Baloria, Boston College Paper: The Market for Political Favors: Evidence from Congressional Hearing.
October 28, 2014 Stephannie Larocque, Notre Dame Paper: Forecasting Tax Expense:New Direct Evidence from Analysts
November 04, 2014 Andrew Bauer, UIUC Paper: Tax Avoidance at Public Corporations Driven by Shareholder Demand: Evidence from Changes in Shareholder Dividend Tax Policy
November 11, 2014 Richard Willis, Vanderbilt Paper: Political Uncertainty and Corporate Tax Avoidance: Evidence from National Elections around the World
November 13, 2014 Andrew Schmidt, North Carolina State University Paper: Analysts & Taxes
November 18, 2014 Matthew Lyle, Northwestern Paper: Accounting Data, Market Values and the Cross Section of Expected Returns Around the World
November 25, 2014 Dennis Caplan, SUNY Albany Paper: Student Overconfidence at Grade Forecasts: Is it real or is it bravado?
January 20, 2015 Sarah Shaikh, University of Arizona Paper: Managerial Career Concerns and Earnings Forecasts
January 27, 2015 Jane Barton, Indiana University Paper: How does the presence of an audit affect the credibility of highly uncertain estimates?
January 29, 2015 Scott Judd, University of Arizona Paper: Auditor Industry Specialization and Revenue Manipulation
February 03, 2015 Ciao-Wei Chen, University of Iowa Paper: The Disciplining Role of Financial Statements: Evidence from Mergers and Acquisitions of Privately Held Targets
January 29, 2015 Scott Judd, University of Arizona Paper: Auditor Industry Specialization and Revenue Manipulation
February 10, 2015 Paul Wong, Texas A&M University Paper: The Influence of Institutional Investors on Analysts Earnings Forecast Boldness and Accuracy
February 12, 2015 Melissa Martin, ASU-Rice Paper: Executive Compensation: A Firm Life Cycle Analysis
February 13, 2015 Joe Pacelli, Cornell University Paper: Security Code Violations, Analysts' Forecast Quality, and Corporate Culture
February 19, 2015 Karen Ton, USC Paper: Do Shared Auditors Improve Audit Quality? Evidence from Banking Relationships
February 26, 2015 Rong (Irene) Zhong , University of Missouri-Columbia Paper: Firm Transparency and Innovation: International Evidence
March 03, 2015 Koren Jo, University of Texas at Dallas. Paper: Aggregrate Earnings: Time-series Properties and Forecasting Models.
March 17, 2015 Jason V.Chen , University of Michigan. Paper: Geographic Dispersion of Investors and Price Discovery around Earnings Announcements.

Weeky Research Workshops

Each week, accounting faculty from across the nation bring their latest research to faculty, staff and students. These workshops are held on Tuesday and Thursday afternoons in University Hall.

2015 Accounting Conference

September 11 - 12, 2015
320 Douglas Hall 
University of Illinois at Chicago 

The third annual mini-conference hosted by the Department of Accounting at UIC Business. This conference will be held under the auspices of the UIC Center for Education & Research in Financial Reporting Quality.

Past Accounting Conferences

2014 Accounting Conference

Featuring:

Theodore Sougiannis, University of Illinois: Do analysts understand the economic and reporting complexities of derivatives?

Feng Li, University of Michigan: Estimating the Amount of Estimation in Accruals.

Laura Wellman, University of Illinois at Chicago: From K Street to Wall Street: Politically Connected Analysts and Stock Recommendations

Elizabeth Blankespoor, Stanford University: CEO Visibility: Are Media Stars Born or Made?

Douglas Skinner, University of Chicago: The Evolution of Audit Market Structure and the Emergence of the Big 4: Evidence from Australia

Partha Mohanram, University of Toronto: Fundamental Analysis: A Comparison of Financial Statement Analysis Driven and Intrinsic Value Driven Approaches

Richard Mergenthaler, University of Iowa: Principles-Based Standards and Earnings Attributes

2013 Accounting Conference

The theme of the 2013 CERFRQ Conference was "Financial Statement Articulation and Adjustments to Enhance the Quality of Financial Information." 

Featuring: 

Stephen Penman, Columbia University: Paper: Book Rate of Return, Risk, and the Information Conveyed by Conservative Accounting

Shail Pandit, University of Illinois at Chicago: Do Compustat Financial Statement Data Articulate

Daniel Collins, University of Iowa: Financial Statement Comparability and the Efficiency of Acquisition Decisions

Lian Fen Lee, Boston College: The Role of Social Media in the Capital Market Consequences of Consumer Product Recalls.

Jacob Thomas, Yale University: Revisiting the Anomalous Distributions of EPS Forecast Errors

Alastair Lawrence, UC Berkeley: SEC Comment Letters and Insider Sales

Philip Berger, Chicago Booth: The Rational Modeling Hypothesis to Explain Analyst Underreaction to Earnings News