W. Robert Knechel, the Frederick E. Fisher Eminent Scholar in Accounting in the Fisher School of Accounting, Warrington College of Business at the University of Florida, has been named the next Senior Editor of The Accounting Review. Professor Knechel is currently an Editor for The Accounting Review and has previously served as the Senior Editor of Auditing: A Journal of Practice & Theory. He is the Director of the International Accounting and Auditing Center in the Fisher School of Accounting. He also holds the title of Research Professor in Accounting at the University of Auckland Business School in New Zealand and Research Professor in Auditing at KU Leuven in Belgium. He previously has held partial appointments at Maastricht University and the University of Amsterdam in the Netherlands. He currently serves on the Standing Advisory Group (SAG) of the PCAOB and is a member of the Board of Directors of the Foundation for Audit Research in the Netherlands.
Professor Knechel's research is published in a variety of journals. He received the Auditing Section’s Outstanding Educator Award in 2015. He has also received the award for the Best Paper Published in Auditing: A Journal of Practice & Theory in 2016 and was the recipient of the Auditing Section’s Notable Contribution in the Auditing Literature Award in 2017. He is a two-time recipient of the Auditing Section’s Outstanding Dissertation Supervision Award. He has been the recipient of the best paper award at a number of conferences. He has served on the editorial boards of several academic journals including Contemporary Accounting Research. Finally, he is the author or co-author of a number of books in auditing.
Professor Knechel has held the title of University of Florida Research Foundation Professor in recognition of his ongoing research and, in 2019, received the University of Florida Doctoral Mentoring Award. He is a multiple year recipient of the International Educator of the Year Award granted jointly by the Warrington College of Business and the International Center at the University of Florida. Other awards include the University of Florida J. Michael Cook Award for Excellence in Teaching, the Joint AICPA/AAA Research Collaboration Award, and the University of Delaware Alumni Award for Excellence. He is the recipient of numerous research grants from accounting firms and regulators in Australia, New Zealand, Belgium, and the European Union.
Professor Knechel has been active in the American Accounting Association, especially the Auditing Section. He served as the Chairman of the Auditing Section. During his tenure, the Auditing Section initiated the first of its annual midyear meetings. He also served as Vice-Chairman and Director of Education of the Auditing Section at different times. Professor Knechel holds a BS in Accounting from the University of Delaware and a PhD from The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. He has also received the degree of Doctor Honoris Causa from BI Norwegian Business School.
Professor Knechel will assume the duties of The Accounting Review Senior Editor June 1, 2020, when Mary Barth completes her three-year term.
Chair, Publications Committee