SUNY Old Westbury Accounting Faculty Ranked Nationally for Research, Scholarship Productivity

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The State University of New York at Old Westbury has been ranked 14th in the nation in a recent study of the productivity of academia in the accounting profession. Additionally, two members of the faculty of the College’s School of Business were named among the top 20 in a review of “Leading Academic Authors.”   

“These are tremendous accomplishments for the School of Business and the faculty of the Accounting, Taxation and Business Law Department,” said Dr. Teresa A. Miller, SUNY Old Westbury officer-in-charge. “Professional distinction at this high level shows that our faculty truly fulfills the mission of the School of Business by providing high-quality, relevant scholarship and teaching. For an accounting department at a four-year liberal arts college to achieve this demonstrates that it is punching far above its weight class.”   

Published in the May 2020 edition of Issues in Accounting Education, the study reviewed all contributions to the top 5 peer-reviewed practice Journals for the period between 2013-2017 to develop a list of top academic institutions contributing to accounting practice. 

The scholarly productivity of SUNY Old Westbury’s accounting faculty exceeded that of a host of accounting departments at highly regarded research universities, including North Carolina State University, Rice University, St. John’s University and Rutgers University-Newark.  Dr. James Fornaro and Dr. Carey Lang tied for 16th in the ranking of authors and SUNY Old Westbury was the only SUNY institution in the rankings.   

"Knowledge generation and knowledge dissemination are integral parts of a teacher's arsenal when they enter a classroom,” said Dr. Raj Devasagayam, dean of the School of Business. “Our mission requires us to excel in our classrooms and deliver innovative education. This honor underscores our commitment to our students." 

“In recent years, a number of important bodies in the accounting profession have publicly called for greater ‘practice-relevant’ research in our discipline,” said Accounting, Taxation and Business Law Department Chair Kenneth Winkelman.  “Specifically, AACSB International has itemized ‘publications in practitioner journals’ as an important measure demonstrating ‘impact,’ a key component in obtaining and maintaining accreditation under their world-leading standards.” 

SUNY Old Westbury is a member of AACSB International, The Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business.  AACSB International provides quality assurance, business education intelligence, and professional development services to over 1,700 member organizations and more than 840 accredited business schools worldwide.  

Issues in Accounting Education is a publication of the American Accounting Association, the largest community of accountants in academia. The journal publishes research, commentaries, instructional resources, and book reviews to assist accounting faculty in teaching and to address important issues in accounting education. 

SUNY Old Westbury has been preparing students for careers in accounting, finance, management, and marketing for more than 40 years. Through the instruction and research of its faculty, the School of Business pursues its mission of empowering students with the knowledge, skills, and values to think critically, communicate effectively, and act responsibly. Serving more than 800 students in its undergraduate and graduate programs, the School of Business offers rigorous academic training in a small class atmosphere.