Sarah McVay, the Deloitte and Touche Endowed Professor of Accounting at the University of Washington Foster School of Business, has been named president-elect of the American Accounting Association’s Financial Accounting and Research Section.
In recognition of her outstanding record of research and leadership, McVay will lead the financial accounting wing of the premier organization of academic accountants during the 2019-2020 academic year.
Since joining the Foster School’s Department of Accounting in 2012, McVay has received the school’s PhD Faculty Mentor Award (2016), TMMBA Excellence in Teaching Award (2016) and William and Helen Fowler Endowment for Special Achievement in Accounting (2014). She was the Glen and Lucille Legoe Endowed Professor from 2012-2015.
While on faculty of the University of Utah from 2007 to 2012, McVay received the Outstanding Reviewer Award from the journal Contemporary Accounting Research (2011), the school’s Doctoral Faculty Teaching Excellence Award (2011), and was a David Eccles Emerging Scholar/Faculty Fellow (2008-2012).
McVay’s research and teaching examine many facets of financial accounting, as well as earnings quality, management disclosures, managerial ability and the interactions between market participants.
Her recently published research includes:
- “Costs and Benefits of Internal Control Audits: Evidence from M&A Transactions” (with Todd Kravet and Dave Weber), forthcoming in the Review of Accounting Studies.
- “How Does Intentional Earnings Smoothing Vary With Managerial Ability?” (with Peter Demerjian and Melissa Lewis Western), forthcoming in the Journal of Accounting, Auditing and Finance.
- “Costs and Benefits of Sarbanes-Oxley Section 404(b) Exemption: Evidence from Small Firms’ Internal Control Disclosures” (with Weili Ge and Allison Koester), published the Journal of Accounting and Economics, 2017.
- “Does Ineffective Internal Control over Financial Reporting affect a Firm’s Operations? Evidence from Firms’ Inventory Management” (with Mei Feng, Chan Li and Holly Skaife) published in The Accounting Review, 2015.
- “Forecasting Sales: A Model and Some Evidence from the Retail Industry” (with Asher Curtis and Russ Lundholm), published in Contemporary Accounting Research, 2014.
- “Managerial Ability and Earnings Quality” (with Peter Demerjian, Baruch Lev and Melissa Lewis), published in The Accounting Review, 2013.
- “Quantifying Managerial Ability: A New Measure and Validity Tests” (with Peter Demerjian and Baruch Lev), published in Management Science, 2012.
Beyond her own research, McVay’s academic service is extensive. She is currently editor of the Journal of Financial Reporting, editor of Contemporary Accounting Research, and on the editorial boards of the Review of Accounting Studies and Accounting and Finance.