Nicole Cade

Assistant Professor of Business Administration


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PhD in Business Administration (Accounting) - University of Washington, 2016

Master of Science in Business Administration (Accounting) - University of Washington, 2015

Bachelor of Science in Business Administration (Accounting; Minor in Mathematics) - Ithaca College, 2008

Courses Recently Taught

CBA Introduction to Financial Accounting


Nicole joined the Katz School of Business in 2016 after receiving her PhD from the University of Washington. Prior to pursuing her PhD, Nicole worked as a hedge fund accountant at International Fund Services in New York after beginning her professional career on the Municipal Bond Sales and Trading desk at Merrill Lynch. Nicole received a Bachelor’s degree in Accountancy from Ithaca College in 2008. 

Nicole’s research focuses on individual judgment and decision-making in financial reporting. Nicole’s interest in this area grew out of her work experience in the financial services industry, first as a user of and then as a preparer of financial reports.

Nicole’s teaching interests include varying levels of financial accounting.

Recent Working Papers

"Investor Behavior and the Benefits of Dispersed Ownership" (with Darren Bernard and Frank Hodge)
       Accepted in principle for the Journal of Accounting Research's Registration-based Editorial Process
       Presented at the 2017 Journal of Accounting Research Conference
       Available for download at

“Assets and Liabilities: When do they Exist?” (with Lisa Koonce and Kim Mendoza)
       Presented at the 2016 Contemporary Accounting Research Conference
       Available for download at

“Corporate Social Media: How Two-Way Disclosure Channels Influence Investors”
       Accepted for the 2017 Accounting, Organizations & Society Conference
       Outstanding Emerging Scholar Manuscript Award (2015 AAA ABO Midyear Meeting)
       Available for download at

"Text versus Video Disclosure of Foward-Looking Information: The Effect of Non-Verbal Cues on Investors' Judgements" (with Lisa Koonce and Kim Mendoza)
       Available for download at

“A Discussion of ‘Trust or Reciprocity? The Effect of Controls on Other-Regarding Behavior’” (with Sarah McVay)
       Discussion presented by Sarah McVay at the 2015 Contemporary Accounting Research Conference
       Submitted to Contemporary Accounting Research in December 2015

Awards and Honors

AAA ABO Midyear Meeting Outstanding Emerging Scholar Award, 2015
University of Washington Foster School PhD Program Teaching Award, 2015
Deloitte Foundation Doctoral Fellowship, 2014-15
University of Washington Foster School Dean’s Achievement Award, 2014
University of Washington Best Teacher’s Assistant (awarded by the Panhellenic Association and the Interfraternal Council), 2013
Ithaca College School of Business Dean’s Achievement Award, 2008
NY State Society of CPAs Superior Scholarship Award, 2008
2nd Team CoSIDA Division III Academic All-American (softball), 2008
Empire 8 Conference Senior Scholar-Athlete Award (all sports), 2008
Ithaca College Phi Kappa Phi Presidential Scholar, 2008
1st Team NFCA NCAA Division III All-American (softball), 2007

Personal Interests

Nicole and her husband, Joe, enjoy exploring Pittsburgh’s different neighborhoods, attending sporting events, and trying new restaurants.