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    Accounting Faculty Research Ranked Among the Top in World

    The 2020 Brigham Young University Accounting Rankings ranked The University of Scranton Accounting Department fourth in the world and ranked several accounting professors among the top in the world for academic and practice research.
    February 10, 2021

    The recently released 2020 Brigham Young University Accounting Rankings have placed The University of Scranton Accounting Department and faculty among the best in the world.

    The BYU report ranks accounting programs and faculty throughout the world based on their success in publishing in top-tier accounting journals. The report is updated annually and includes ranks for specific categories of research and for specific time periods. The recently released BYU update ranks the Accounting Department at The University of Scranton as the fourth most prolific department in the world for accounting education research (excluding cases) over the most recent six-year period. The department was also ranked internationally for all methods, audit and experimental accounting research.

    With respect to authorships of individual accounting faculty in the area of accounting education, three Scranton faculty members were ranked internationally. Douglas M. Boyle, D.B.A., associate professor, chair of the Accounting Department, and director of the DBA program was ranked No. 7. James F. Boyle, D.B.A., assistant professor and director of the MAcc program, and Brian W. Carpenter, Ph.D., professor, ranked No. 22 (tied). Additionally, Dr. Douglas Boyle was ranked for all methods, auditing, and experimental research and Dr. Carpenter was ranked for all methods.

    The Association to Advance Collegiate Schools (AACSB) estimates that there are more than 13,000 business schools in the world. Since 1990, only 664 of those 13,000 schools had any publications in any of the top-tier journals used in the BYU rankings, and only 336 of these schools had any publications in the top-tier accounting education journals used in the BYU rankings.

    The University of Scranton’s Accounting Departmental fourth place ranking is a continuation of research accolades received by the department, faculty, and students. Last year, the department was ranked No. 1 in the nation in “The Intersection of Academia and Practice: Publishing in Leading U.S. Accounting Organizations’ Journals” (Issues in Accounting Education, May 2020), for the number of publications in the leading refereed accounting practitioner journals, over the most recent five-year period. Four Scranton accounting faculty received individual national rankings: Dr. Douglas Boyle ranked No. 1, Dr. Carpenter ranked No. 2 (tied); Daniel P. Mahoney, Ph.D., professor, was ranked No. 3 (tied), and Dr. James Boyle was ranked No. 7 (tied).

    “We are very proud of the scholarly accomplishments of our Accounting department faculty and especially glad to see their commitment to publishing with students. This student-centered approach to scholarship is integral to our Jesuit mission and tradition,” said Jeff Gingerich, Ph.D., provost and senior vice president for academic affairs.

    Additionally, last year articles co-authored by accounting faculty and Doctor of Business Administration program (DBA) students were recognized in the most recent international Institute of Management Accountants (IMA) Lybrand competition. Lybrand awards are given annually to the top three articles published by the IMA whose journals reach more than 120,000 subscribers. Dr. Douglas Boyle and DBA student Daniel Gaydon received the Lybrand silver medal for an article titled “SEC Whistleblower Program Expands,” published in Strategic Finance. Dr. Douglas Boyle and Dr. Mahoney and DBA student Marcus Burke received the Lybrand bronze medal for an article titled “Goodwill Accounting: The Matter of Serial Non-Impairment,” published in Management Accounting Quarterly. Dr. Douglas Boyle and DBA student Patrick O’Brian received a Lybrand certificate of merit for an article titled “Do You Have Emotional Intelligence?” published in Strategic Finance. Drs. Douglas Boyle, James Boyle, and Mahoney and DBA student Amanda Marcy received the IMA inaugural Curt Verschoor Ethics Feature of the Year for an article titled “The Value of Trust to Financial Professionals and Their Organizations,” published in Strategic Finance.

    With these most recent recognitions, Scranton’s Accounting Department has received more Lybrand awards than any other program in the world over the past ten years with six Lybrand medals (two gold, two silver and two bronze) and five certificates of merit (“An Analysis of IMA’s Lybrand Awards: 2010-2019,” Management Accounting Quarterly, 2020). Four Scranton faculty received individual rankings: Dr. Douglas Boyle ranked No. 1; Dr. Carpenter ranked No. 3; Dr. Mahoney ranked No. 4 (tied); and Dr. James Boyle ranked No. 6 (tied).

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