Doctoral student to join University of Oklahoma faculty

Accounting doctoral candidate Chenxi Lin plans to teach and continue her audit research at the University of Oklahoma.

Chenxi Lin

Doctoral student Chenxi Lin was eager to study at the KU School of Business because of the department’s extraordinary reputation in audit research. Five years later, she’s preparing to head to another Big 12 school to share her own expertise — Lin accepted an assistant professorship at the University of Oklahoma’s Price College of Business this fall.

“It is rare to have an interview at a tier-one research institution you are interested in so early,” Lin said. “Most research schools don’t interview candidates until December or January of their fifth year.”

She’ll make the move to Norman, Oklahoma, after graduating with her doctorate from KU in the spring, but Lin started her academic career at the University of Pittsburgh, where she earned her undergraduate degree in accounting and finance and a master’s degree in accounting. After spending some time as an intern for a public accounting firm, Lin felt that field was not for her.

Attracted to a lifestyle of freedom and constant learning, she decided to pursue her doctorate in accounting. The School of Business appealed to Lin because faculty’s research interests aligned with hers.

“Doing audit research gives me a sense of justice,” she explained. “The work has real-world implications and is beneficial for society.”

KU School of Business faculty are ranked No. 2 in audit archival research and No. 5 in audit research, including methods used around the world, according to Brigham Young University Accounting’s international rankings.

School of Business professors have been important mentors and collaborators for Lin throughout her time at the university.

“The professors here are nice, but, more importantly, they are constructive and approachable. This is very important to Ph.D. students,” she said. “I was surprised how willing the professors are to work with us on research projects, even as first-year students.”

Lin currently is working on finishing her dissertation titled “Do Misstatement Correction Disclosures Reflect Impaired Auditor Independence?” It is chaired by professor and doctoral program director Mike Wilkins and co-chaired by executive associate dean Susan Scholz.

Lin also has one paper under review at The Accounting Review, one of the oldest and most influential accounting journals, and another under review at Contemporary Accounting Research in collaboration with Wilkins, associate professor of accounting Adi Masli and former KU doctoral student Feng Guo, who now serves as an assistant professor at Iowa State University.

This collaboration between professors and doctoral students allows the students to experience their research methodology firsthand and to explore more unique topics. Lin’s primary research interest is audit but more specifically, her research focus includes audit markets, audit pricing, regulation, financial reporting quality and corporate governance. Each doctoral student in the program has their own wide range of research interests and passions.

“The department has grown so much in diversity,” Lin said. “I think this will strengthen the program and make it better.”

In addition to conducting research, Lin enjoys teaching. Comparing her class’s ability at the beginning and end of the semester gives her great satisfaction.

“It’s remarkable how much they grow in that time — sometimes they learn more than I know,” she said.

Future business students will get the opportunity to learn from this Business Jayhawk when she begins her tenure at OU in fall 2020.

By Meaghan Boyd

KU School of Business

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