Stephanie Grant, an associate professor of accounting at the University of Washington Foster School of Business, is this year’s academic fellow in the Office of the Chief Accountant at the United States Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC).
The Office of the Chief Accountant (OCA) is responsible for accounting and auditing matters arising in the SEC’s administration of federal securities laws, which are designed to enhance the transparency and relevancy of financial reporting for investors. The Chief Accountant serves as the principal adviser to the Commission on accounting and auditing matters.
In her role at the SEC, Grant serves as a resource for OCA in auditor, registrant and rule-making matters that can benefit from academic accounting research, and she participates in OCA projects that frequently involve the SEC’s oversight of standard-setting. For example, she assists in analyzing policy issues based on economic and economic theories to better inform OCA leadership about strategic issues and help with data analysis projects.
The appointment—officially called an “Academic Intergovernmental Personnel Act (IPA) Assignment”—runs from August 1, 2022, to July 31, 2023
Excellence in teaching and research
Grant joined the Foster School’s Department of Accounting in 2016, after earning a PhD from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, where she received the Fred H. Figge Distinguished Teaching Assistant Award (2014) and was selected to attend the AAA/Deloitte/J. Michael Cook Doctoral Consortium.
A recipient of the Iowa Society of CPAs Outstanding Accounting Student Award during her undergraduate studies at the University of Northern Iowa, Grant worked as an audit senior associate at Deloitte & Touche LLP before embarking on her academic career.
At Foster, she has received the PhD Program Mentoring Award (2019) and William A. & Helen I. Fowler Award for Special Achievement in Accounting (2019). She is a former William R. Gregory Fellow in Accounting and the current Deloitte & Touche Endowed Professor in Accounting.
Grant teaches Introduction to Accounting and Financial Reporting to undergraduates and Financial Accounting to MBAs. And she serves on the editorial boards of the journals Accounting Horizons and Accounting, Organizations and Society
Her research explores the interplay between financial reporting on investor behavior. She is listed as one of the world’s 50 most productive researchers in the area of financial accounting over the past six years, according to the annual BYU Accounting Rankings.