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What was your previous position and where?Prior to coming to LSU, I was a Ph.D. candidate at The Pennsylvania State University.
What brought you to LSU?Sam Tiras, Agnes Cheng and Eli Jones spoke to me regarding an open visiting position the year that I was leaving Penn State. They were instrumental in convincing me what a great institution LSU was and what a great opportunity I would have in joining the esteemed faculty in the accounting department.
What is your research interest?My research interests include executive compensation, taxation and incentives.
What do you hope to accomplish at LSU?LSU just began offering a Master of Science degree with a taxation concentration last year, and I have felt fortunate to be a part in this concentration. I would like to see the popularity of this M.S. tax concentration program grow because the employers are seeking qualified tax professionals and it is one of the few programs like this in accounting departments across the country. I think that LSU has a great opportunity to be a market leader in this program and would like to help that happen. In order to facilitate the growth and excellence of this program, my main focus is on being a great researcher and using the knowledge learned from my research to not only enhance our academic understanding of complex accounting issues, but also to use that knowledge to stimulate interesting classroom discussions and enhance students' learning opportunities so that our graduates can go out and be future leaders in the tax profession.
What do you enjoy most about LSU?The culture, the people I have had the pleasure to interact with, the students and the campus. All are unique treasures.
What are your major accomplishments?While I still view myself as a work in progress, I don't know that I have any major accomplishments. I have recently had a co-authored publication with D. Larry Crumbley accepted for forthcoming publication in the Jan.-July 2013 issue of the Journal of Forensic & Investigative Accounting, titled "Fraudsters and the Form 1099 Technique." Prior to that, I completed my dissertation, "An Empirical Analysis of the Dynamic Relation Between a CEO's Multiple Performance Measure Compensation Contract and The Horizon Problem," earning my Ph.D. from Penn State. I am continuing to work on other research aimed at top-tier publications in the accounting field, and have had one other published paper in Strategic Finance, titled "Unabashed Artful Dodgers of the New Economy." In addition, I was a two-time All-American and an Academic All-American in swimming while an undergraduate at a Division II school, and I have three children who have quickly become huge LSU fans.