Ashleigh Shelby Rosette, Duke University

Plenary Speaker, Monday, August 2, 2021, 10:30 am—11:30 am EDT
Leadership, Diversity, and Systemic Racism

Ashleigh Shelby Rosette, Ph.D. is Senior Associate Dean and Professor of Management and Organizations at the Fuqua School of Business at Duke University.

She is one of the foremost leading scholars on research that resides at the intersection of leadership, gender, and race. Her work has been featured in news outlets, such as Forbes, CNN, the New York Times, MSNBC, the Wall Street Journal, Time Magazine, Business Week, the Financial Times, USA Today, Huffington Post and National Public Radio. Her research has been published in academic journals, such as Academy of Management Journal; Organization Science; Organizational Behavior and Human Decision Processes; Journal of Applied Psychology; Psychological Science; Journal of Experimental Social Psychology; Journal of Cross Cultural Psychology; Group Decision & Negotiation and the Duke Journal of Gender and Public Policy.

In her primary area of research on leadership and diversity, she studies how stereotypes and bias provide a framework to better understand the diversity shifts in present-day organizations, especially for top leaders. Her secondary area of research, negotiations, complements the diversity considerations as a basic premise of her work is that an in depth understanding of an array of negotiation skills must be understood and engaged to capitalize on the benefits of diverse experiences.

She was ranked as one of the Fifty Most Influential Business Professors by mbarankings.net, ranked as one of the Favorite Professors of the MBA Class of 2019 by Poet & Quants, received the 2019 PhD Project’s Trailblazer Award and is one of the most decorated teachers in the history of Duke University’s Fuqua School of Business having received the Teaching Excellence Award of the Year a record-breaking twelve times.

In her current role as Senior Associate Dean of Executive Programs, she oversees the Executive MBA Programs, Executive Education, Global Teams, and Enterprise/Information Technology.

She received her Bachelor in Business Administration and Master in Professional Accounting from The University of Texas at Austin. She received her Ph.D. in Management and Organizations from the Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern University. Prior to her career in academia she worked as a Certified Public Accountant.

Jennifer R. Joe, University of Delaware

Presidential Scholar, Tuesday, August 3, 2021, 10:30 am—11:30 am EDT
“Be the Thought Leaders”

Jennifer R. Joe, CPA, is the Whitney Family Professor of Accounting and the Cohen Family Director of Diversity at the University of Delaware. She earned her B.B.A. from Baruch College–CUNY and Ph.D. at the University of Pittsburgh.

Jennifer’s research focuses primarily on the role of auditors as governance agents over corporate internal controls and financial reporting. Most of her work exploits the experimental method and applies theories from social psychology to address decision-making problems in accounting. Jennifer’s research is published in leading accounting and finance journals and has received national awards. She is a member of the The Accounting Review steering committee and editorial board, and is an editorial board member of Auditing: A Journal of Practice and Theory. In the past she has served as an editor at Auditing: A Journal of Practice and Theory and on the editorial board at Contemporary Accounting Research.

Jennifer is a founding member of The PhD Project Accounting Doctoral Student Association. She has served on executive, conference planning, new faculty consortium, doctoral consortium, and research award selection committees for the AAA, the AAA Auditing Section and the AAA Accounting Behavior and Organizations Section. At the University of Delaware, Jennifer is the Chief Diversity advocate for the Lerner College of Business, advisory board member of the UD Advance Institute and chair of the Lerner College Promotion and Tenure committee.

Linda Elder, Foundation for Critical Thinking and Center for Critical Thinking

Plenary Speaker, Wednesday, August 4, 2021, 12:15 pm—1:15 pm EDT
“Why It Is Essential to Bring Critical Thinking Across the Accounting Curriculum”

Dr. Linda Elder is an educational psychologist and a prominent authority on critical thinking. She is President of the Foundation for Critical Thinking and Executive Director of the Center for Critical Thinking. Elder has taught psychology and critical thinking at the college level and has given presentations to more than 20,000 educators at all levels. She has co-authored four books along with Richard Paul, including Critical Thinking: Tools for Taking Charge of Your Learning and Your Life, Critical Thinking: Tools for Taking Charge of Your Professional and Personal Life and Twenty-Five Days to Better Thinking and Better Living. She has co-authored twenty thinker’s guides on critical thinking and coauthors a quarterly column on critical thinking in the Journal of Developmental Education.

Elder came to the Center and Foundation for Critical Thinking in 1994 after completing a doctorate in educational psychology from The University of Memphis. Her interest in critical thinking stems from her concern that most of the problems in human life are caused by problems in human thinking. Her primary concern is to contribute to a world that is more just, more fair, more humane, not just for the billions of people living on the planet but for other sentient creatures as well.

Elder began her professional career in 1983 at Youth Services, a non-profit organization concerned with helping troubled youth in Memphis avoid prison or juvenile detention. Through Youth Services she also taught independent living skills to low-income young adults. She then moved to Southwest Tennessee Community College to head up a program for displaced homemakers, which fostered skills of economic survival. Elder completed an MA degree in Psychology (1988) and the doctorate in 1990. After completing the doctorate, Elder began teaching psychology at the college level. It was at this time that she was introduced to critical thinking and began its study – in order primarily to reach her students at a deeper level.

Robert D. (Bob) Allen, The University of Utah

Plenary Speaker, Thursday, August 5, 2021, 10:30 am—11:30 am EDT
Accounting Faculty Making a Difference

Robert D. (Bob) Allen is Professor and David Eccles Faculty Scholar at The University of Utah, having served on its faculty since 1991. Bob currently serves the AAA on the Board of Directors and Council as President-Elect. Bob served as the inaugural AAA Council Chair (2011–13). He is a member of the Auditing and Teaching, Learning & Curriculum Sections, previously serving as Chair of the Teaching, Learning & Curriculum Section (2010–12).

Bob has published widely in peer-reviewed journals including The Accounting Review, Auditing: A Journal of Practice & Theory, Accounting Horizons, and Issues in Accounting Education. He served as Associate Editor of Issues in Accounting Education, Editor of the Faculty Development Update for Accounting Education News (2011–12), and on the Editorial Board of Auditing: A Journal of Practice & Theory (2008–12).

With nearly 30 years’ experience as a faculty member, Bob has been recognized nationally with academic awards for excellence in both research and teaching. Bob received the AAA/J. Michael and Mary Anne Cook/Deloitte Foundation Teaching Prize (2018, Graduate Category) and is a member of the Teaching, Learning & Curriculum Section Hall of Honor. Bob is also the recipient of the AAA/Deloitte Foundation Wildman Medal Award (2008).

At The University of Utah, Bob recently served on the Senate Executive Committee (2016–19) and previously as David Eccles School of Business Faculty President (2017–18) and Director of the School of Accounting (2005–09). He served for 15 years on the Board of Directors of a U.S. bank, and gained professional experience with Deloitte, Haskins & Sells as an auditor, prior to obtaining his Ph.D. at Michigan State University (1992).