Why Accounting Reform Should Matter to Policymakers

It’s not often that accounting and the Constitution are talked about in the same sentence. But maybe they should be more often. Speaking to an audience during the 2022 Journal of Accounting and Public Policy (JAPP) Conference hosted by the Accounting and Information Assurance Department at the University of Maryland’s Robert H. Smith School of Business on June 17, Christina Ho, board member of the Public Company Oversight Board (PCAOB), explained why accounting needs to be more relevant to policymakers and its role within a democracy.

2022 Faculty and Staff Recognition Awards

One of the world’s top schools for business research, Maryland Smith also is where students experience top-level teaching in a highly supportive community. Smith chronicles and celebrates this distinction at the end of each academic year by honoring its outstanding faculty and staff members with awards of excellence.

Summer Reading List 2022

Check out the 19th annual Summer Reading List for Business Leaders, with recommendations from faculty members at the University of Maryland’s Robert H. Smith School of Business. This year’s list includes new and older books on the Fed, problem-solving, entrepreneurism, memory, vaccines, and human nature, plus fiction picks about saving the planet, war and international spies.

Alum Named Chair of American Institute of CPAs

After 30 years in the accounting field, Anoop Mehta ’84 is stepping up to lead the profession into the future. Mehta, a Maryland CPA and former chair of the Maryland Association of CPAs’ Board of Directors, was named chair of the American Institute of CPAs, the world’s largest member organization in the field, during its May 17, 2022 meeting in Austin, Texas. 

Congratulations to the following for their exceptional achievements!

2020-21 Krowe Award for Teaching Excellence Winner

Nick Seybert

We are happy to announce the promotion of Rebecca Hann to full professor!

Michael Kimbrough is the incoming department chair (as of July 1, 2020.)

201920 Krowe Award for Teaching Excellence Winner

Rebecca Hann

2019-20 Distinguished Teaching Awards

On June 17, the Robert H. Smith School at the University of Maryland will host the 2022 Journal of Accounting and Public Policy (JAPP) Conference. This is the tenth in a continuing series of JAPP conferences that rotate among IE Business School in Spain, the London School of Economics (LSE), and the University of Maryland’s Robert H. Smith School of Business.




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Insuring Against Cyber Breaches

The cost of a data breach can be a crippling expense for companies and a looming threat. The world record for the largest payout for a ransomware demand, made by an insurance company this year, now stands at $40 million. That’s why it’s so important for companies to figure out how much they should be spending on cybersecurity, says Maryland Smith’s Lawrence A. Gordon, a widely respected pioneer in cybersecurity economics. 

A Tax-Day Lowdown from Smith’s Sam Handwerger

After two years of COVID-caused disruption, tax season this year ends after the traditional, April 15 statutory date – but with more extensions for some people, and they are not COVID-related. 

With a Legal Expert in Leadership, Firms Are Less Likely to Overstate Earnings

Firms are more likely to face accounting-related lawsuits for overstating their earnings or assets than for understating them because it’s easier to demonstrate investor harm with overstatements. So erring on the conservative side can reduce a firm’s legal costs.

McNamee Reappointed to Federal Accounting Standards Advisory Board

Maryland Smith’s Pat McNamee has been reappointed to the Federal Accounting Standards Advisory Board, for a second five-year term, which began on Jan. 1 of this year.

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