Elizabeth Almer

Professor of Accounting

Elizabeth Almer joined the faculty of the School of Business at Portland State University in Accounting in 2001.  Previously she taught at the University of Miami and was an auditor for PriceWaterhouse in San Jose.  She is actively involved in serving both the professional and academic accounting communities. Elizabeth has served as a member of the Oregon Society of CPAs Board of Directors, Oregon Society of CPAs Educational Foundation and AICPA’s Work-Life and Women’s Initiative Executive Committee. For over two decades, Elizabeth has conducted research on the changing relationship between public accounting firms and their professional employees. Throughout her career, she has built relationships with accounting firms regarding staffing needs and changing business models and as such, has deep and broad ties to the CPA firms that hire students.

Elizabeth’s research has been published in many journals including Behavioral Research in Accounting, Issues in Accounting Education, Research in Accounting Education, Journal of Business Ethics, The Journal of Accountancy and The CPA Journal. She has served on the editorial boards of Accounting Horizons, Issues in Accounting Education, Behavioral Research in Accounting, Research on Professional Responsibility and Ethics in Accounting. Advances in Accounting and Journal of Accounting Education. She is serving as the senior editor for Issues in Accounting Education through 2021.  Just a few of her many honors and accomplishments include the American Accounting Association’s 2013 and 2018 Western Region Meeting Best Paper Award, the American Accounting Association's 2018 Diversity Section Best Paper Award and the PSU School of Business 2010 Undergraduate Teaching Award for Accounting.

Elizabeth enjoys spending her free time with her husband (who just happens to be a CPA), their two teenage daughters, and her two rescue dogs. She is also a passionate cook and diner at Portland’s many excellent restaurants.

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  • B.S. Accounting
    Santa Clara University
  • PhD
    Arizona State University