- Elizabeth Dreike Almer, Ph.D., Professor, Retzlaff Director of Accounting
Dr. Almer conducts research on the changing relationship between public accounting firms and their professional employees. Her research has focused on retention, compensation, work-life balance, flexible work arrangements, and gender and diversity in public accounting. Relatedly she has extended this research stream to examine accounting faculty career management topics. Dr. Almer also conducts research on auditor ethics and corporate governance. Her research has been published in many journals including Behavioral Research in Accounting, Auditing: A Journal of Practice and Theory, Research in Accounting Education, Journal of Business Ethics, The Journal of Accountancy and The CPA Journal. Dr. Almer serves on the editorial boards of Accounting Horizons, Issues in Accounting Education, Behavioral Research in Accounting, Journal of Accounting Education, Advances in Accounting and Research on Professional Responsibility and Ethics in Accounting. She is serving as the senior editor for Issues in Accounting Education from 2019 to 2021.
- Cass Hausserman, Ph.D., Assistant Professor
Dr. Hausserman, CPA (Illinois) received a BA and MS in Accounting from Michigan State University and completed her Ph.D. at the University of Wisconsin – Madison. She conducts research primarily on behavioral tax, exploring the effects of various practices and policies on taxpayers. She has examined the effects of erroneous communication by the tax authority on taxpayers, how taxpayers’ guilt cognitions affect whether they make a tax amnesty disclosure, various attributes that affect tax whistleblowing, the effects of tax incentives on charitable giving, and the interaction of tax policy and charitable giving. She has also examined methods for improving the creativity and problem solving of accounting students. Her research has been published in the Journal of Business Ethics, Journal of the American Taxation Association, Journal of Economic Psychology, Journal of Tax Administration, and Advances in Accounting Education.
- Matt Kaufman, Ph.D., Assistant Professor
Dr. Kaufman, CPA (Utah), has a B.A. from George Fox University, an MBA from the University of Oregon, and a Ph.D. from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. His primary research interests include accounting analytics, management accounting techniques, and the boundaries of accounting as a profession. Prior to entering academia, Matt worked as an auditor for Deloitte in Portland Oregon and in corporate finance for a local manufacturing firm.
- Joleen Kremin, Ph.D., CPA, Assistant Professor
Dr. Kremin, CPA (Utah), has a B.S. and MAcc from Southern Utah University and a Ph.D. from Texas Tech University. Her primary research interests include human capital issues facing public accounting and internal audit, specifically, how can firms attract, hire and retain the best people. Prior to obtaining her Ph.D., Joleen worked with mostly non-profit and SEC clients in the audit practice of Tanner LC in Salt Lake City, Utah as an audit senior.
- Joel Owens, Ph.D., Assistant Professor of Accounting
Dr. Owens, CPA (South Carolina) obtained his Ph.D. in Accounting from the University of South Carolina in 2015. Before joining PSU, he held the position of assistant professor at the University of Nebraska–Lincoln. His research focuses on individual judgment and decision making in auditing and financial reporting contexts. Dr. Owens is an award-winning teacher and will teach auditing and integrated accounting issues at PSU. Prior to obtaining his Ph.D., Dr. Owens worked as an auditor with Elliott Davis, LLC in Greenville, SC, primarily serving clients in the manufacturing, retail, real estate, and government sectors.
- Kathleen Rupley, Ph.D., Associate Professor, Accounting Area Director
Dr. Rupley, CPA (Oregon), has a B.S. from the University of Montana and a Ph.D. from the University of Washington. Her primary research interests include corporate governance, internal controls, and corporate social responsibility. Dr. Rupleys’ research in these areas has been published in such journals as Contemporary Accounting Research, Journal of Accounting and Public Policy, and Research in Accounting Regulation. Prior to obtaining her Ph.D., Kathleen worked in the audit practice of KPMG LLP in Portland, Oregon as an audit manager.
- Kristi Yuthas, Ph.D., Professor, Swigert Endowed Information Systems Management Chair and Cameron Professor
Dr. Yuthas received her B.S. in Finance and her Ph.D. in Business Administration from the University of Utah. Her research focuses primarily on business solutions to social problems. She has written a book and several articles on measuring and improving social and environmental performance. She is currently interested in the global development potential of blockchain technology and impact investing. Dr. Yuthas' research has been published in a variety of journals, including Stanford Social Innovation Review, Journal of Information Systems, Journal of Business Ethics, and Journal of Developmental Entrepreneurship.