Five Questions with Alee Phillips

In our Five Questions series, faculty of the University of Kansas School of Business share their insights, experiences and advice for students.
Alee Phillips

Alee Phillips is an accounting lecturer and associate director of the Master of Accounting program at the KU School of Business.

What got you interested in your field, and what has been the most rewarding part of being involved in it?

My mom worked in the accounting office of our school district, so I learned early on that the people who understand the financial issues of a business are the people who are involved in the decision-making process. The most rewarding part of being in academia is the great students and colleagues I get to work with every day.

What is your favorite part about being a Jayhawk?

Many people know that I was the Baby Jay mascot during college, so I am definitely a proud Jayhawk. I am thankful that I now have the opportunity to give back to the great program that I graduated from.

What would see yourself doing if you weren’t a professor?

I am not sure, but it would be something that involved positively contributing to my community or other people in some way.

If you could require students to read one thing before graduation (outside of your class reading), what would it be and why?

That’s a tough question because there are so many good options. I guess I would challenge students to read something that makes them critically think about a viewpoint that is different than their own. It is important to try to better understand the perspectives of others.

What advice would you give your college self?

To live in a dorm … for at least one semester. I lived with people I knew from the start of my freshman year, and I think I would have met a more diverse group of students if I would have experienced dorm life.


Phillips earned her bachelor’s and master’s degrees at the University of Kansas and is CPA-certified in the state of Kansas.

By Anna Pankiewicz