Accounting & Information Assurance

Accounting Concentration in the PhD Program

The accounting concentration in the PhD program is designed to prepare students for academic careers in the accounting departments of leading research institutions. The program emphasizes the simultaneous development of students' knowledge of existing accounting research literature and the relevant research methodologies. Students also obtain a strong background in related fields such as economics, finance, and statistics. The accounting faculty is comprised of renowned scholars in their respective areas of specialty with strong records of research publication and teaching.

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“Big Four” Day Draws Big Student Turnout

A little rain didn’t stop students from coming out to meet recruiters at the first ever “Big Four” Accounting Day, Sept. 6, 2012, at the University of Maryland’s Robert H. Smith School of Business. The “Big Four” accounting firms — Deloitte, Ernst & Young, KPMG, and PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC) — welcomed undergraduates and master’s students studying accounting . The students and recruiters mingled over a barbeque lunch under tents in the outdoor courtyard of Van Munching Hall.

UMD Smith School of Business Cybersecurity Experts Win Major Homeland Security Grant

College Park, Md. – November 14, 2012 – World-leading cybersecurity researchers at the University of Maryland’s Robert H. Smith School of Business won a significant grant from the Department of Homeland Security to develop economic models for cybersecurity investments. Professors Lawrence Gordon and Martin Loeb – along with colleague William Lucyshyn from the School of Public Policy -- received one of just 34 contracts awarded to 29 academic and research institutions for research and development of solutions to cybersecurity challenges.

Smith School to Host Ninth Annual Cybersecurity Forum

The University of Maryland's Robert H. Smith School of Business in partnership with the School of Public Policy is pleased to present the Ninth Annual Forum on Financial Information Systems and Cybersecurity: A Public Policy Perspective on Wednesday, January 16, 2013. The forum is intended to encourage the exchange of ideas among a small group of researchers and executives who share a common interest in issues related to financial information systems and cybersecurity.

Experts Tackle Cyber Threats, Policy Conflict in Annual Forum

The University of Maryland’s Robert H. School of Business and School of Public Policy co-hosted the ninth annual Forum on Financial Information Systems and Cybersecurity: A Public Policy Perspective, on Jan. 16, 2013.


About 65 academics, economists and IT engineers networked, exchanged ideas and reinforced a foundation for keeping pace with constantly evolving cyber threats.

James P. Bedingfield

Dr. Bedingfield's areas of expertise include accounting regulations, Cost Accounting Standards, and the Federal Acquisition Regulation (FAR). He has served as a consultant to various federal agencies and private groups on these topics. Bedingfield has published extensively in both academic and professional journals, including the Journal of Accountancy, Accounting Review, Financial Executive, and the Journal of Accounting and Public Policy. He is the author of Accounting and Federal Regulation and the co-author with Howard W. Wright (first edition) and Dr. Louis I.

Jim Staihar

Jim Staihar joined the AIA faculty as an assistant professor in the Fall 2010. He earned a Ph.D. in Philosophy from the University of Michigan and a J.D. from Harvard Law School. His prior research was on fundamental issues in criminal law theory. His current research is on issues in accounting ethics and business ethics, concerning executive compensation, insider trading, tax shelters, whistleblowing, and independence in public accounting. His work has been published in the journals Law and Philosophy, New Criminal Law Review, and Notre Dame Philosophical Reviews.

Nick Seybert

Nick Seybert received his M.S. and Ph.D. from the Johnson Graduate School of Management at Cornell University. He is interested in financial accounting and behavioral finance, particularly how optimistic beliefs arise and are disciplined in the market. His research has been published in leading journals, including the Accounting Review, the Journal of Accounting Research, and Management Science. Prior to joining the Smith School, he was a faculty member at the University of Texas at Austin’s McCombs School of Business.



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