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May 12, 2017

Rising Stars on the Accounting Faculty

The Accounting Faculty at the Joseph M. Katz Graduate School of Business and College of Business Administration is a unique mix of both experimental and archival scholars. They are a close-knit group who are often spotted biking along Pittsburgh’s many trails when they are not in Mervis Hall discussing their research or teaching classes. Over the last few years, Katz has recruited some of the finest accounting scholars who are making an impact in the classroom and in research.

Jongwoon (Willie) Choi joined the Katz accounting area as an assistant professor of business administration after completing his PhD from Emory University. This year, Choi was awarded a promotion to Associate Professor, with tenure. His research explores the use of accounting information in managerial decision-making, with an emphasis on strategic performance measurement systems as well as performance evaluation and reward systems. Last year, Choi was awarded the Ben L. Fryrear Faculty Fellowship and has won the Katz Excellence in Teaching Award for five years in a row. He was also named one of Poet & Quants “40 Under 40 Most Outstanding Business Professors” and Best Early-Career Researcher by AICPA, CIMA, GGMA.

Nicole Cade joined Katz in 2016 after receiving her PhD from the University of Washington. Cade began her professional career on the Municipal Bond Sales and Trading desk at Merrill Lynch and then worked as a hedge fund accountant at International Fund Services in New York City. Her research focuses on individual judgment and decision making in financial reporting. Cade’s interest grew out of her work experience in the financial services industry, first as a user of and then as a preparer of financial reports. Cade was also a varsity softball pitcher at Ithaca College.

Prior to earning his PhD, Josh Gunn, assistant professor of business administration, was an audit manager with Deloitte, working in Louisville, Ky., Cincinnati, Ohio, and Zurich, Switzerland. He earned his PhD from the University of Missouri—Columbia. Gunn’s research focuses on auditing and financial accounting topics, including the way that geographic location affects capital market participants, such as auditors and sell-side analysts. He also examines how local labor market characteristics affect audit markets and local knowledge spillovers and sell-side analysts’ reports. 

Lauren Reid, an assistant professor of business administration, joined Katz after receiving her PhD from the University of Tennessee. Reid previously worked as an auditor with Ernst & Young in Charlotte, N.C. Her research interests include audit, corporate governance, and financial accounting, with an emphasis on the effects of current and proposed audit regulation. Reid recently co-authored a paper, “Investor Reaction to the Prospect of Mandatory Audit Firm Rotation,” in The Accounting Review with Joseph V. Carcello, the Ernst & Young and Business Alumni Professor at the University of Tennessee.

The Katz Accounting Group offers an enriching environment for scholars seeking to work across areas. That’s not only brought new talent to the school, but also helped to solidify the group’s international reputation.