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Elizabeth D. Almer

Professor of Accounting, Retzlaff Director of Accounting
CPA (California)

Office:  KMC 660G
Phone:  503-725-3729
Fax:      503-725-5850

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Elizabeth Almer joined the School of Business at Portland State University in 2001. Prior to joining PSU, Elizabeth was on the faculty at the University of Miami. Before entering academia, Elizabeth was an auditor for Price Waterhouse in San Jose, CA.

At PSU, Elizabeth teaches Intermediate Financial Accounting and Auditing in the undergraduate program, and Advanced Auditing in the MS in Finance (MSF) program. She also has taught Global Accounting Issues in the Masters of International Management (MIM) program.

For over a decade Elizabeth has conducted 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. Elizabeth also conducts research on auditor ethics and corporate governance. Elizabeth’s 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.

Elizabeth 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. She is also an Associate Editor for Advances in Accounting and Journal of Accounting Education. 

Elizabeth is also actively involved in serving both the professional and academic accounting communities. She 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. Elizabeth has also held officer positions in the Western Region and the Accounting Behavior and Organizational sections of the American Accounting Association.

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