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Accounting Research

  • 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, and Research on Professional Responsibility and Ethics in Accounting. In 2015 she was named an associate editor for Advances in Accounting.
  • 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 judgment decision theory, auditor perceptions, cognitive biases and their impact on objective audit reports as well as competing environmental pressures on auditor cognition. 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.
  • Cass Hausserman, Ph.D., Assistant Professor
    Dr. Hausserman, CPA (Illinois) received a BA and MS in Accounting from Michigan State University, and completed her PhD at the University of Wisconsin – Madison. She conducts research primarily in 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, how taxpayers perceive messages about tax compliance, 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 Journal of Business Ethics and Journal of Tax Administration.
  • 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
    Dr. Yuthas received her B.S. in Finance and her Ph.D. in Business Administration from the University of Utah. Dr. Her research focuses on measuring, improving, and scaling the social and environmental impact of corporations and nonprofits. She also works on education and policy initiatives to promote the success of microenterprises in developing countries. Dr. Yuthas' research in these areas 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.