The Smith School’s AIA faculty holds advanced degrees from such leading research universities as Columbia, Cornell, Harvard, Indiana, Michigan, MIT, Northwestern, Oxford, Pittsburgh, RPI, Wharton, and Wisconsin.
Faculty members possess a rare mix of "real-world" experience, excellence in research and scholarship, and a commitment to teaching and developing students for careers in the accounting field. Many of the faculty members work in partnership with members of the accounting profession to ensure that their teaching reflects the profession's needs. Two faculty members co-edit the Journal of Accounting and Public Policy, a major academic accounting journal.
AIA faculty have served as editors or editorial board members for leading accounting research journals and have published in a wide range of leading academic research journals including:
- The Accounting Review
- ACM Transactions on Information and System Security
- American Economic Review
- Contemporary Accounting Research
- Journal of Accounting
- Business and Finance
- Journal of Accounting and Public Policy
- Journal of Accounting Research
- Journal of Business Ethics
- Journal of Computer Security
- Journal of Economic Theory
- Journal of Law and Economics
- Journal of Philosophy
- Management Science
- MIS Quarterly
- Review of Accounting Studies
The AIA faculty members address a broad array of issues related to the use of financial information systems that are critical in making economic decisions. Research by Smith AIA addresses questions such as:
- Do managers try to help or hinder the public's understanding of financial statements?
- How can managers effectively communicate to investors the intangible value associated with strategic initiatives?
- Would it be good for investors of US firms and for developing countries, if accounting rules were standardized across the globe?
- What is the right amount for firms to invest in cybersecurity?
- What is the impact of new SEC Disclosure Guidance on Cybersecurity risks and Cyber Incidents?
- What are the characteristics of firms that manage cost more efficiently?
- How do optimistic beliefs create stock market bubbles and can accounting information help to correct such beliefs?
Accounting faculty members at the Smith School of Business are actively engaged in various research projects related to economic and risk management aspects of information assurance. In this latter regard, the Cybersecurity Risk Management Research Group was formed in 2006.
Several Smith School accounting faculty members are also actively engaged in information assurance research.
For example, two faculty members have published an entire stream of research on the economic aspects of information security. Their research has been supported by the National Security Agency through a grant with the University of Maryland Institute for Advanced Computer Studies. Other faculty members conduct research on corporate governance and business ethics. Faculty members at the Smith School are also working with corporations on the practical implementation of information assurance.