CFO Magazine: Nothing If Not Critical

July 10th, 2014


Ira Solomon, dean and Debra and Rick Rees Professor of Business, is quoted in the current issue of CFO Magazine on a proposal to require auditors to disclose “critical audit matters” in their reports. The article explains the Public Company Accounting Oversight Board’s rationale for the plan as well as reasons why many CFOs and audit firms are uncomfortable with it.

What are we signaling to the users of financial statements when the auditor has to say, ‘Well, I reached that conclusion, but boy, it was really tough’?” asks Solomon. “Does it tell you that you ought to be more uncertain about that? What is it that you want me to think about when I consider loaning money to the company or investing in it?

To read the article in its entirety, visit


Phillips 66 donates $25K to energy program

June 24th, 2014

The Freeman School has received a $25,000 gift from Phillips 66 to support student enrichment programs, including courses in energy finance and trading, during the 2014-15 academic year.


Phillips 66’s Sherri Thomas (second from left) presented a gift of $25,000 to the Freeman School to support student enrichment programs. Also pictured are James W. McFarland, far left, and Geoff Parker, far right, of the Tulane Energy Institute and Jennifer Campbell of Phillips 66.

Sherri B. Thomas, director of early career facilitation at Phillips 66, presented the gift to James W. McFarland, executive director of the Tulane Energy Institute, and Geoff Parker, director of the institute, during a meeting at the school on May 20.

“We recognize the value of a strong energy-focused business education like the one the Freeman School offers,” said Thomas. “We’re extremely proud of the Tulane graduates who work in our company, and we’re excited to support Tulane and other universities that teach skills critical to our company’s success.”

Phillips 66 is an energy manufacturing and logistics company with segment leading businesses in midstream, chemicals, refining and marketing and specialties. Since 2012, the company has donated more than $75,000 to the Freeman School to support student and faculty development programs. Phillips 66 has also been an active recruiter at the Freeman School and a participant in many career development events.

“Phillips 66 has been one of our most dedicated corporate partners from the very beginning,  in terms of both financial support and hiring our graduates,” said McFarland. “We look forward to continuing to work closely with them to improve our energy-related programs and offerings.”

Hannan appointed editor of leading accounting journal

June 13th, 2014

Professor of Accounting R. Lynn Hannan has been named to a three-year term as an editor of Contemporary Accounting Research.

R. Lynn Hannan was recently appointed to a three-year term as an editor of Contemporary Accounting Research.

Professor of Accounting R. Lynn Hannan was recently appointed to a three-year term as an editor of Contemporary Accounting Research.

The appointment, which began May 1, is a prestigious one. Published since 1984 by the Canadian Academic Accounting Association, CAR is recognized as one of the top five journals in accounting and one of the top 50 in business.

“It’s a great honor to serve as an editor of Contemporary Accounting Research,” says Hannan. “It’s truly one of the leading scholarly publications in the field, and I’m very excited to become a senior member of the editorial team.”

With more than a dozen articles in peer-reviewed journals to her credit, Hannan is one of the nation’s leading scholars in the area of managerial accounting that deals with the social and psychological drivers of decision making. Her research explores the intersection of accounting, management and psychology, focusing on how organizations can improve outcomes via the design of their accounting information and incentive systems.

Hannan joined the Freeman School in 2013 from Georgia State University, where she served as a professor of accounting and director of the accounting PhD program. Prior to beginning her academic career, she worked as an auditor for the state of Pennsylvania and later as a tax manager for Westinghouse Electric Corp. While managing the tax implications of a $6 billion accounting charge at Westinghouse’s financial services division, a loss that almost bankrupted the company, Hannan realized the important role that accounting plays in influencing managers’ decisions. The experience helped spark her interest in the relationship between accounting information and incentive systems.

“Accounting information helps you make the right decision, but it also influences those decisions,” she says. “How you’re evaluated, for example, can skew the way you process accounting information, perhaps leading you to focus more on short-term results. What I’m interested in is how we can improve accounting to help people make better decisions, in terms of both quality of information and the motivational factor.”

A recent paper by Hannan on framing in incentive contracts explores the issue of motivation. Through a series of experiments, Hannan found that penalty clauses are a greater performance motivator than bonuses, but the effect is moderated by the employee’s perception of the penalty. To the extent that the employee feels the penalty is unfair, he or she is less motivated by it.

Hannan says this type of research — applying insights from cognitive and social psychology to traditional agency theory— is relatively new in accounting.

“Historically, this area of research was based almost exclusively on the utility function — people are motivated by wealth and leisure, so if you want to get someone to do something, you have to pay them,” Hannan says. “What my research does is expand the utility function to include what I call social preferences. In the real world, people don’t just care about money. They also care about things like fairness and their reputations and how they compare to peers. So given these social preferences and cognitive limitations, how can we then present our accounting information in the best way and design contracts in the best way? That’s really my focus.”

Hannan also serves as a director of the Institute of Management Accountants Research Foundation, an international organization of accounting and financial professionals working in business, so she hopes that that role together with her appointment at Contemporary Accounting Research will help to promote accounting education and scholarship at the Freeman School.

“The energy here right now is just amazing,” she says. “Everyone in the accounting area is very collegial, very high-energy. Just really good people. I’m excited to do anything I can to help spread the word.”


Can “Smart Mail” help solve USPS woes?

June 4th, 2014

The U.S. Postal Service has lost $20 billion in the last two years as it struggles to adapt to a fast changing, increasingly digital business environment. Could the agency help right itself by taking a page from its online competitors? The Freeman School’s Geoff Parker thinks so.


Geoff Parker recently co-authored a paper for the U.S. Postal Service Office of Inspector General that recommended adding a digital information layer to advertising mail to help it better compete with online advertising.

Parker, professor of management science and a nationally regarded expert in platform economics, recently co-authored a paper for the U.S. Postal Service Office of Inspector General that recommends adding a digital information layer to advertising mail to help the agency better compete with online advertising.

“This is really a first step towards setting up a more effective platform for advertising mail,” says Parker, who co-authored the report with colleagues Marshall Van Alstyne and Tushar Shanker. “Ultimately, platforms are about creating effective, valuable matches between users. When I send you something you don’t want, it’s wasted paper, wasted fuel cost, wasted printing — it’s just waste. If we can eliminate some fraction of that through the use of better information, that’s a win-win all the way around.”

Parker and Van Alstyne are no strangers to postal platforms. In 2012, they co-authored a report for the International Post Corp., a consortium of the world’s largest postal systems, detailing ways to generate additional revenue through digital business models.

That report eventually caught the attention of the USPS Office of Inspector General, which was seeking ideas to sustain and enhance the Postal Service’s lucrative advertising mail business, which generated $16.9 billion for the agency in 2013.

While direct mail offers a number of advantages for advertisers, Parker says its chief shortcoming is the inability for advertisers to know with certainty which consumers want to receive ads and which don’t.

“You know who responded when they make purchases, but you don’t know who was interested but got distracted or who just threw it away, so the feedback loop is slow and noisy,” Parker says. “What we’re trying to do here is get a quicker, more accurate feedback loop and build out a data layer that goes on top of the physical delivery system.”

To generate that data layer, Parker and his co-authors propose a digital coupon mechanism to collect information from mail recipients. Each piece of advertising mail would feature a code that recipients could scan to receive a coupon or cash reward, but those recipients would first have to provide a small amount of feedback indicating what types of ads or advertisers they’re interested in. The Postal Service would then collect that information and use it to help advertisers better target prospective customers.

“It puts the Postal Service in the position of being able to charge for the data layer,” Parker says, “so that they can build a new revenue stream.”

While the Postal Service hasn’t announced any plans to move forward with the proposal, Parker says the fact that it was made public indicates significant interest within the agency.

“This is an incredibly important industry and a very important organization, so it was really exciting for us to think about how to move this traditional industry into the 21st century,” Parker says. “We really enjoy it when the research we do has the potential to make a multibillion-dollar impact.”

Parker, Alstyne and Shanker’s paper, “A Redeemable Information Coupon Mechanism for Advertising Mail,” is available via the U.S. Postal Service website.


Seven graduates honored with Tulane 34 Award

May 22nd, 2014

The Tulane 34 Award is among the most coveted university-wide honors bestowed upon graduating students. Named for the year Tulane University was founded, the award recognizes 34 students from across the university who have distinguished themselves throughout their collegiate lives by demonstrating exemplary leadership, service and academic excellence.

This year, seven graduates of the A. B. Freeman School of Business were honored with the award. The Freeman School is proud to recognize the following Tulane 34 Award recipients.

Briggs BarriosBriggs Barrios (BSM ’14), a native of Metairie, La., is a member of the Tulane varsity baseball team and was twice named Tulane Male Scholar Athlete of the Year for maintaining the highest grade point average among all male student athletes. Barrios’ academic performance led to his being selected to participate in the invitation-only Darwin Fenner Student Managed Fund honors seminar. Outside the classroom, Barrios organized the Tulane baseball team’s Vs. Cancer events, which raised more than $10,000 for childhood cancer treatment. For his activities, Barrios was awarded a 2014 Tulane Athletics Torch Award for excellence in service to Tulane Athletics, Tulane University and the entire New Orleans community.

EB1-150Erynn Bell (MBA ’14), from Jacksonville, Fla., served as 2013-14 president of the Graduate Business Council, the Freeman School’s graduate student government organization, and was named the 2014 MBA class representative to the Freeman 50, an organization of recent MBA graduates that works to support the school in the areas of career management, development and alumni relations. Bell participated in the Renewable Energy Case Competition and in the IDEAcorps Challenge, which brought teams of students from top MBA programs around the country to New Orleans to work with startups. Following her wedding, Bell will join Tidewater Inc. in New Orleans as manager of corporate applications.

Amber BennettAmber Bennett (BSM ’14), a native of West Columbia, S.C., is a member of Tulane’s volleyball team and was elected as Tulane’s female representative to the Conference USA Student Athlete Advisory Committee. Among her many service activities, Bennett chaired the “Let’s SAAC Hunger!” food drive, helped organize Conference USA fundraising efforts for paralyzed Tulane football player Devon Walker, and served as a volunteer with Court Watch NOLA and the NCAA Samaritan’s Feet program. In recognition of her activities, Bennett received the Conference USA Spirit of Service Award. Academically, Bennett earned honors including Dean’s List, 3.5 Club and the Conference USA Commissioner’s Honor Roll.

Griego-2-image-150Adam Griego (BSM ’14), a native of Metairie, La., served in multiple campus leadership positions during his academic career, including serving as president of the Green Wave Ambassadors in 2012, president of the Inter-fraternity Council in 2013, homecoming king in 2013, and Orientation team leader for the classes of 2015 and 2016. In addition, Griego was an active member of Zeta Psi fraternity and served as past philanthropy chair and social chair with the organization. An honors student, Griego also served as a research equity analyst for the Freeman School’s Burkenroad Reports program in 2013-14.

zachary_hoyt_cropZachary Hoyt (BSM ’14), a native of Delran, N.J., graduated with a BSM in finance, a minor in Legal Studies and specializations in entrepreneurship and energy. He also earned a BA in Latin American studies. Hoyt served as a Burkenroad Reports analyst, was vice president of membership for business fraternity Alpha Kappa Psi, and was finance chair of Tulane’s Latin American Studies Organization. He also presented his research at a number of Latin American Studies conferences. A Public Service Fellow, Hoyt worked with 10 education-based community partners dedicated to engaging youth in the community and represented the Tulane delegation to the Model Organization of American States.

MilburnTommy-Headshot-cropTommy Milburn (MFIN ’14), from Warwick, N.Y., created, managed and was a frequent contributor to the Tulane Master of Finance blog and served as an MFIN Student Ambassador, helping prospective students learn more about Tulane through campus tours, emails and phone calls. Milburn was a member of the Freeman Consulting Group, the Tulane Black MBA Association and the Tulane Energy Club. Outside the classroom, Milburn volunteered at Joseph A. Craig Elementary School, helping to teach children about the vital role they and their families play in the local economy. Milburn will soon join the Deutsche Bank’s Emerging Markets Immersion Program as an investment banking analyst in Mumbai, India.

Klara VyskocilovaKlara Vyskocilova (BSM ’14), a native of Klatovy, Czech Republic, excelled as a scholar athlete on the Tulane tennis team. Vyskocilova was Louisiana Player of the Year in 2013 and played in the All-American Tournament twice. She was named Conference USA Player of the Week on two occasions and was a member of the 2013 Conference USA Honor Roll and the 2014 Conference USA Women’s Tennis All-Academic Team. Vyskocilova also worked on the Greening Yulman project, which aimed to help Tulane build a more environmentally friendly football stadium.


The Freeman School congratulates each of its 2014 Tulane 34 Award winners.


2014 Student Award Winners

May 21st, 2014

The following student awards were announced in conjunction with the Freeman School’s undergraduate and graduate-level diploma ceremonies, which took place on Saturday, May 17, at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome following the unified commencement ceremony.


BSM Scholastic Achievement Award
Established in 1997, the BSM Scholastic Achievement Award recognizes excellence in academics and is presented to the graduate of the BSM program with the highest cumulative grade-point average. This year, three students tied for the award.

• Hannah Hausman

• Courtney M. Kulchin

• Rachel M. Spirer


Marta and Peter Bordeaux Scholastic Achievement Award
Established in 1987 by Marta and Peter Bordeaux to recognize excellence in academics, this award is presented to the graduate of the Master of Business Administration program with the highest cumulative grade point average.

• David Scott Bode


Roger L. Cornelius Award
Established in 1967 by the Tulane Graduate School of Business in honor of Roger L. Cornelius, a 1961 West Point graduate and a 1965 Master of Business Administration alumnus who died shortly after graduation, this award commemorates Mr. Cornelius’ dedication to the highest standards of business scholarship and leadership. The award is based on a vote by MBA students, and it is presented to the graduating student in the MBA program who best exemplifies these qualities.

• Erynn Melissa Bell


Evelyn and William Burkenroad Award
Established in 1982, the Evelyn and William Burkenroad Award recognizes the one graduating student in the Bachelor of Science in Management program who has an outstanding record of scholarship and personal integrity and whose activities have contributed to the professional, social and/or academic quality of the business program. The recipient is chosen by the senior class. This year, two students tied for the Burkenroad Award.

• Evan James Golden

• Stephan J. Lee


Dean’s Service Award
Established in 1991, this award recognizes those graduating students who, in the opinion of the administrative staff and the dean, have added dimension to the school through outstanding contributions of time and effort.

• Benjamin Briggs Barrios (BSM)

• Emilia Bates Anderson (MBA)

• Erynn Melissa Bell (MBA)

• James Edwin Dunn III (MBA)

• Tyler Andrew Hardin (MBA)

• George Denegre Hopkins III (MBA)

• Wanyue Jiang (MFIN)

• Kathryn Leithead Mick (MBA)

• Sturgis Martin Sobin II (MME)


Tulane Association of Business Alumni Award
Established to recognize outstanding graduates of the school’s degree programs, this award is presented to students who rank in the top 10 percent of their classes and, in the opinion of the dean, the administrative staff and the officers of the Tulane Association of Business Alumni, have displayed exceptional intellectual ability, leadership, self-motivation and a sense of responsibility to peers, the school and the community.

• Annie Morgan Bindler (BSM)

• Megan Elizabeth Baumgartner (MACCT)

• Leigh Ann Rodriguez Benesch (Houston Executive MBA)

• Timothy Kyle Johnston (Houston Professional MBA)

• Joseph Anthony Laine (New Orleans Professional MBA)

• Ezequiel Massaglia (New Orleans Executive MBA)

• Kathryn Leithead Mick (MBA)

• Lynda Ruth Clemmons (Houston MFIN)

• Paul Michael Gibson (Houston MFIN)

• Mudassir Nazir (MFIN)

• Bryce Armonde Robertson (MME)


TABA Community Service Award
Established in 1993 by the Levy-Rosenblum Institute for Entrepreneurship and conducted in partnership with the Tulane Association of Business Alumni, this award recognizes those graduates who, under the auspices of the institute and mentored by TABA members, have completed at least 25 hours of pro bono service with a disadvantaged business or a not-for-profit organization in the New Orleans area.

Bachelor of Science in Management:

• Elizabeth Cherrick

• Max Cron

• Laura Fromm

• Xuran Nie

• Laura Stokes

• Benjamin Warshaw

• Becky Wong

Master of Accounting:

• Lijun Chen

• Crystal Marie Tice

Master of Business Administration:

• Selma Abdelmoniem Alamin

• James O’Keith Allen

• Ahmed Ossama Abdelwahed Almassry

• Thomas James Altman

• Emilia Bates Anderson

• Erynn Melissa Bell

• Garrett Charles Bludau

• David Scott Bode

• Kevin Alonzo Bratcher

• Olga Lucia Bustamante

• Christopher James Cobb

• Frank Williamson Darden

• Jordan Gregory Dorenfeld

• Paul Wolfram Fischer

• Vanessa Michel Gerard

• Varun Kumar Gurusamy Dorairaj

• Cortney Cole Hall

• Parker Earl Koerner

• Adrian Mendez

• Vinay Mohan

• Samra Nawaz

• Lydia Ruth Adamma Onimo

• Katherine Victoria Sharp

• Sarah Catherine Turner

Master of Global Management

• Andrew Clay Mouton


Tulane 34
The Tulane 34 Award is presented to 34 graduates who have distinguished themselves throught their collegiate life. Students are recognized for their exemplary leadership, service and academic excellence. Named for the year the university was founded, 1834, Tulane 34 is among the most coveted university-wide honors bestowed upon students. In recognition of Scott Cowen’s service to and leadership of Tulane University, 35 students were honored in 2014. Of the 35 students honored, seven were graduates of the A. B. Freeman School of Business.

• Briggs Barrios (BSM)
• Amber Bennett (BSM)
• Adam Griego (BSM)
• Zachary Hoyt (BSM)
• Klara Vyskocilova (BSM)
• Erynn Melissa Bell (MBA)
• Henry Thomas Milburn III (MFIN)


Allen R. Vorholt Memorial Award
Established in 1988 by the Executive Master of Business Administration graduating class and the Freeman School faculty and administration to honor Allen R. Vorholt, this award recognizes Mr. Vorholt’s outstanding executive qualities as exemplified in his leadership, his scholarship, his ability to balance priorities and his strong sense of civic obligation. Selection is based on student vote and the award is presented to a classmate who epitomizes these qualities.

• Tracy Lee Conrad
• Jennifer Eiland Greer


More than 700 receive diplomas at graduation ceremonies

May 21st, 2014

On June 5, 1918, in a ceremony at the French Opera House in New Orleans, Tulane University’s College of Commerce and Business Administration awarded degrees to its first graduating class. There was one graduate.


Ahmed Al-Massry, Thomas Altman and Emilia Anderson, left to right, were three of 117 graduates who received Master of Business Administration degrees at the Freeman School’s Graduate Diploma Ceremony.

When the A. B. Freeman School of Business awarded degrees to the graduating class of 2014, it was a very different scene. More than 700 students representing eight distinct degree programs and more than two dozen countries received diplomas this year, making the ceremony one of the largest and most diverse in school history.

The Freeman School’s 2014 graduate diploma ceremony took place on May 17 at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome immediately following the unified commencement ceremony. This year’s graduating classes included 300 Bachelor of Science in Management graduates, 52 Master of Accounting graduates, 117 Master of Business Administration graduates, 201 Master of Finance graduates, 18 Master of Global Management graduates, 51 Master of Management graduates, 37 Master of Management in Energy graduates and one Doctor of Philosophy graduate.

Master of Finance grad Zemin Zhu gives a shout out to friends and family.

Master of Finance graduate Zemin Zhu gives a shout out to friends and family.

“Today’s commencement exercises celebrate the accomplishments of our graduates and reaffirm Tulane’s longstanding commitment to outstanding teaching, research, and service,” said Paul Spindt, senior associate dean, who presided over the ceremony for Dean Ira Solomon, who was in Illinois to attend his daughter’s graduation from law school.

Joining Spindt on the platform were Cameron Berthelsen, 2014-15 vice president of the Graduate Business Council; Chris Bonura (MBA ’09), president of the Tulane Association of Business Alumni; Peter Ricchiuti, professor of practice and school marshal; John Koerner (L ’69, MBA ’70), member of the Business School Council and emeritus member of the Board of Tulane; Geoffrey Parker, professor of management science and school marshal; Charles Swanson, member of the Business School Council; and Clif Brown, associate dean.

Maria Luisa Plaut shows off her just-received Master of Global Management diploma.

Maria Luisa Plaut shows off her just-received Master of Global Management diploma.

“This year’s graduates, like those who came before and those who will come after, have completed rigorous, state-of-the-art courses of study,” Spindt continued. “They have been challenged to make a positive impact on society using the knowledge and skills learned and honed here at Freeman. I have no doubt that they will be successful, making us proud to recognize them over the coming years as members of the Freeman and Tulane families.”

David Bode earned this year’s Marta and Peter Bordeaux Scholastic Achievement Award, which is awarded to the MBA graduate with the highest cumulative grade point average, while three BSM graduates — Hannah Hausman, Courtney M. Kulchin and Rachel M. Spirer — shared the BSM Scholastic Achievement Award, which recognizes the BSM graduate with the highest cumulative GPA.

Eryn Bell, outgoing president of the Graduate Business Council, earned the Roger L. Cornelius Award, which is awarded by the MBA class in recognition of the graduating student who best exemplifies business scholarship and leadership.

To see more photos from the Graduate Diploma Ceremony, visit the Freeman School’s Flickr page.

Freeman School earns AACSB re-accreditation

May 14th, 2014

The Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB), the leading accrediting body for university business education, has approved the re-accreditation of all degree programs at Tulane University’s A. B. Freeman School of Business.


In May, the A. B. Freeman School of Business was informed that it had successfully completed its re-accreditation process.

The re-accreditation culminates a yearlong process in which a team of deans from peer institutions conducted a review of nearly all facets of school operations. In addition to studying data submitted by the school, the re-accreditation team visited the campus in December 2013 to meet with constituents and collect additional information.

“Our last re-accreditation took place in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina, so it really wasn’t a full and comprehensive AACSB review,” said Ira Solomon, dean of the Freeman School. “In a sense, this is the first rigorous review we’ve undergone in a decade, so it’s very gratifying to learn that our peer review team shares the belief that we’re moving in the right direction and accomplishing the goals we set out to achieve.”

While accredited institutions are required to demonstrate that they meet certain specific standards of excellence, Associate Dean Clifton E. Brown said the process is less about compliance and more about ensuring that schools remain committed to continuous improvement.

“A main focus is whether we have processes in place that will successfully achieve our strategy and goals, particularly our learning and research goals, and whether we have processes that allow us to employ continuous improvement,” said  Brown, who coordinated the re-accreditation process. “So its focus is on improvement, basically.”

In notifying Dean Solomon of its decision to extend accreditation, Robert Sullivan, chair of AACSB’s Board of Directors, commended the Freeman School for six specific strengths and effective practices.

• Development of a strategic plan

• Commitment to experiential learning

• Implementation of the MBA Global Leadership Module

• Ongoing programs with international partner schools

• Extraordinary efforts on the part of faculty and staff in the wake of Hurricane Katrina

• Integration of nodes of excellence and comparative advantages across all programs

The extension of accreditation is for five additional years. The Freeman School’s next Continuous Improvement Review will take place in 2018-2019.

Founded in 1916, AACSB International is the longest-serving global accrediting body for collegiate schools of business. The A. B. Freeman School of Business at Tulane University is one of the 16 founding members of the association. Today, nearly 100 years later, AACSB accreditation has become the internationally recognized hallmark of excellence in business education, with fewer than 5 percent of the world’s business programs earning the prestigious certification.

Students earn national recognition at business competition

May 14th, 2014

Three Freeman School students recently earned top honors at the 2014 Collegiate DECA International Career Development Conference.


Freeman School students Daniel Goldbaum, Benjamin Ginsburg and Melissa Benenson, left to right, each earned medals at Collegiate DECA’s International Career Development Conference.

The conference, which took place in Washington D.C. in April from April 23–26, was sponsored by DECA, an international organization that prepares students for careers with events designed to enable participants to apply classroom learning to real-world experiences. More than 1,300 students took part in wide range of competitions and other business activities at the conference.

Freeman School sophomore Benjamin Ginsburg (BSM ’16), president of the Tulane chapter of DECA, was a big winner, earning a prize of $1,000 for being named International Champion in the Banking Financial Services event.

Also earning medals at the conference were Daniel Goldbaum (BSM ’16), a finalist in the Corporate Finance event, and Melissa Benenson (BSM ’16), a finalist in the Travel and Tourism event.

In addition to their competitions, Ginsburg and Goldbaum also participated in DECA’s Finance and Accounting Professional Development Academy and Benenson, the Louisiana Collegiate DECA State President, participated in the Hospitality and Tourism Academy and the Entrepreneurship Challenge.

This year marked Tulane University’s first time participating in the conference. Other schools that took part in this year’s event included George Washington University, the University of Notre Dame, Michigan State University and Rutgers University.

Hoang selected as recipient of FSG Teaching Award

May 13th, 2014

Assistant Professor of Accounting Kris Hoang has been named the 2014 recipient of the Freeman Student Government (FSG) Teaching Award. The award, previously known as the Howard W. Wissner Award for Undergraduate Teaching, is presented annually by the FSG Executive Board in recognition of professors in the Bachelor of Science in Management program who have demonstrated outstanding commitment to the education of students.


Kris Hoang

All faculty members who taught a for-credit course in the preceding academic year are eligible to be nominated for the award. From those nominations, three professors are chosen by a vote of the undergraduate student body. The FSG Executive Board then selects the winner from those finalists.

Hoang was recognized for her teaching in Managerial Accounting, which emphasizes the role of accounting information in management decision-making and strategy.

“I really treat the whole course as language acquisition,” Hoang says. “This is the language of business and until you have some mastery of that language, it’s really hard to have a conversation at the board room table about the big strategic decisions that need to be made. That’s how I try to appeal to students who may not be pursuing further studies in accounting but who are definitely going to be using these concepts to navigate the professional world, whether they’re executives, lawyers or politicians.”

Hoang joined the Freeman School in 2012 after completing her PhD at the University Of Alberta’s School Of Business. Her research examines the judgment and decision making behavior of managers, directors and auditors in corporate governance settings. She studies how auditor-client relationships impact financial reporting. Prior to beginning her academic career, she provided auditing services and developed corporate governance resources for clients at Deloitte in Toronto.

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