Endowed Chair, Department of Accounting

University of San Diego
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Posting #: 3774
Position Status: Faculty, Full-time regular
Location: San Diego
Position Type: Faculty, School of Business

Position Title & Department:

Endowed Chair, Department of AccountingPosting #


Department Description:

The Department of Accounting

The Department of Accounting has 18 faculty members offering bachelor’s and master’s degrees. The department has approximately 200 undergraduate students who can choose one of four specialized degree tracks: Accountancy, Accountancy and Finance/Real Estate, Accountancy and Supply Chain Management, and Accountancy and Information Systems/Technology. The department has approximately 35 graduate students enrolled in the masters in accountancy (MACC) and the master’s in taxation (MTAX) degree programs. The Department of Accounting is fully accredited by AACSB International. The Department has a Beta Alpha Psi Superior Chapter and is highly recognized through a number of rankings:

#16 in “College Factual” 2021 rankings of Best Colleges for Accounting
#32 in “Niche” 2021 rankings of Best Colleges for Accounting and Finance in America
#3 in the “Accounting Degree Review” 2021 listing of the Top 5 Undergraduate Accounting Programs in California


The School of Business

Founded in 1972 with the visionary belief that global partnerships were the key to the future of business, the University of San Diego School of Business is dedicated to creating a learning environment that includes entrepreneurship and innovation, global business, ethical leadership, and business analytics.

The USD School of Business embraces a stewardship approach to business education. Stewardship requires businesses to protect and care for society in pursuit of a greater good. The USD School of Business community of faculty, staff, students and graduates, embrace stewardship by applying values-driven, free-enterprise skills to improve businesses, industries, and the lives of people in our community and around the world. We provide academically rigorous, relevant and values-based education and research. Degree programs in the School of Business are AACSB accredited, with the undergraduate and MBA programs being highly ranked both domestically and internationally. www.sandiego.edu/business/about/

The School of Business is home to more than 1,800 students every year who are instructed by 11 full-time faculty and 18 total faculty members. The School offers nine majors, 13 minors, eight specialty master’s programs and two MBA programs. The school also houses five centers of excellence that enhance the student experience and build practitioner relationships with the business community. Currently, seventy-one percent of undergraduate business students have international experiences, 100% of MBA students study abroad, and the School of Business graduate students spend an average of 17 days overseas during their coursework.

The School of Business is internationally recognized and enjoys top rankings, both locally and globally:

  • In 2018, Financial Times ranked the School of Business in the nation’s top 50 (50th), in the top 100 (97th) globally and 6th in California.
  • Poets&Quants also recently ranked the undergraduate business program as 47th in the nation and 3rd in California.
  • U.S. News & World Report has consistently ranked the Master’s in Supply Chain Management in the top 25 in the United States for best online graduate business programs.
  • Bloomberg Businessweek currently ranks the MBA program number 60 in the nation and the undergraduate business program number 53 in the nation.

As it has for many decades, the University of San Diego School of Business creates and prepares future business leaders who are well equipped for the 21st century marketplace; who can navigate business across the globe; who embrace innovation and entrepreneurship as cornerstones for building commerce; and who prioritize sustainability, ethics and social responsibility. The School has a consistent recognition of A or A+ teaching quality by Bloomberg Businessweek and the faculty – 85% of whom have PhDs - has dramatically increased the number of publications in top-tier academic journals in recent years. The School of Business continues to be a model of outstanding global business education, a leader in high-quality business research, and a magnet for the most dedicated and innovative faculty and staff.

Looking forward, the Knauss Center for Business Education will be the physical home for the USD School of Business, and more important, the mortar that binds us together is our unique competitive advantage as we deliver a rich, holistic student experience, crafted with a higher purpose in mind, for all the greater good. See our progress: https://horizon.sandiego.edu/knauss-center

AACSB Accreditation

In June 2019, both the business and accounting degree programs in the School of Business were reaccredited for another five years by AACSB International.

School of Business Mission

The USD School of Business is committed to developing socially responsible leaders with a global mindset through academically rigorous, relevant and values-based education and research.

School of Business Vision
Our vision is to be a model of outstanding global business education, a leader in high-quality business research and a magnet for the most dedicated and innovative faculty and staff.

USD School of Business Diversity Statement

The University of San Diego School of Business strives to create a welcoming environment that promotes diversity, equity, inclusiveness (DEI) and ethics, commensurate with our Catholic mission. We value students, faculty and staff from different backgrounds, demographics, experiences, perspectives and faiths.

These differences broaden our understanding of the world, and by extension, our ability to excel in learning, teaching, scholarship and service. We view the promotion of DEI as inexorably tied to the maintenance and enhancement of academic excellence, our development as civic and campus citizens, and the realization of compassionate service.

We are committed to achieving a more diverse campus community. This improves our ability to identify challenges, propose innovative solutions and implement more considerate policies. We greatly value all efforts to remove prejudices from academic and business environments, to promote social justice through scholarship and service, and to attract and increase retention of underrepresented groups.

To this end, the Diversity 2024 committee and the Building Inclusive Excellence Council (BIEC) are dedicated to providing recommendations to promote DEI at the USD School of Business. These include faculty climate surveys, implicit bias training, reflections on and the standardization of hiring practices, seminars or search committees, as well as other workshops on prejudice and discrimination.

About University of San Diego

Inspired by faith, informed by its core mission and values, and dedicated to the ongoing legacy of its founders, the University of San Diego sets the standard for an engaged, contemporary Catholic university where innovative Changemakers confront humanity's urgent challenges. USD's community of scholars are committed to educating the whole person—intellectually, physically, spiritually, emotionally, socially and culturally. The university provides a character-building education that fosters independent thought, innovation, integrity, analytical thinking, and an open-minded and collaborative world-view.

The original chapter of the University of San Diego was written on a brisk early winter afternoon in December of 1949, when local dignitaries joined Bishop Charles Francis Buddy and Mother Rosalie Clifton Hill for a groundbreaking ceremony atop a wind-swept mesa overlooking the burgeoning San Diego cityscape.

The Society of the Sacred Heart volunteered to provide a $4 million endowment for the College for Women. The original furnishings included ornate crystal chandeliers, beautiful tapestries, and of course, library books.

In more modest surroundings, the College for Men and the School of Law began classes in 1954, eventually moving into Thomas Moore Hall, now known as Warren Hall. Other buildings were soon constructed, including the centerpiece of the university, the blue-domed Immaculata Church, which was consecrated in 1959.

In 1972, the colleges merged and formed what is now the University of San Diego. Committed to the Catholic faith, the school's leaders also embraced the spirit of ecumenism and academic freedom. Currently, more than half of the undergraduates attending USD profess to faiths other than Catholicism.

Today, the University of San Diego is a nationally ranked Catholic institution with 476 full time and 522 part time faculty members and over 9,000 undergraduate, graduate and law students. USD has a Carnegie classification of “Doctoral University: High Research Activity” and offers 42 bachelor’s degrees, 30 master’s degree, the JD degree, five LLM degrees, and three doctoral degrees. Minority enrollments currently stands at 37% of the student body.

Governed by an independent Board of Trustees, the University has nine academic divisions: the College of Arts and Sciences, the schools of Business, Shiley-Marcos School of Engineering, Law, Leadership and Education Sciences, Hahn School of Nursing and Health Science, Joan B. Kroc School of Peace and Justice, Copley Library, and the division of Professional and Continuing Education.

The 180-acre campus now houses buildings that encompass more than two million square feet and provide educational, administrative, residential, athletic, dining and support services.

Getting across campus now requires a hike, but thanks to steadfast planning by USD's leaders over the last six decades, the destination remains the same: a consummate liberal arts education.

USD Mission

The University of San Diego, a contemporary and engaged Roman Catholic institution, was founded by the Diocese of San Diego and the Society of the Sacred Heart in 1949. Governed by an independent board of trustees since 1972, USD remains committed to a liberal arts education grounded in the Catholic intellectual tradition and the pursuit of truth, goodness, and beauty. Inspired by this centuries-old tradition of Catholic higher education, the University welcomes people of all faith traditions and any, or no, religious background. The future success of USD relies on the contributions of those who seek to foster the development of engaged global citizens and an earnest confrontation of humanity’s urgent challenges.

USD Vision

The University of San Diego sets the standard for an engaged, contemporary Catholic university where innovative Changemakers confront humanity's urgent challenges.

USD Strategic Plan:

Envisioning 2024

Detailed Description:

The University of San Diego (USD) invites applications and nominations for the position of Endowed Chair in the Department of Accounting. The Endowed Chair of Accounting will have the opportunity to lead the Accounting department within the School of Business that is currently enjoying a great deal of momentum and new levels of accomplishment and distinction due to the combination efforts of faculty, staff and administration. The University is on an upward trajectory and this position offers the opportunity to play a defining role in shaping the future of business education at USD.

The Chair, who reports to the Dean of the School of Business, is responsible for the overall academic and administrative leadership of the Department. Responsibilities include faculty recruitment, development, and evaluation; curriculum development; research initiatives; program promotion; course scheduling; staff supervision; and developing and enhancing external relationships with the accounting profession and business community. The Chair is also responsible for maintaining and strengthening strategic relationships with alumni, benefactors, local community, and industry. The chair should be committed to the continual enhancement of the visibility, brand and reputation of the department locally and nationally.

Specifically, these responsibilities include:

  • promoting an inclusive, safe, and supportive environment with a commitment to recruiting and retaining diverse faculty, staff, and students;
  • ensuring the department maintains its accreditation and alignment with AACSB International standards, including program development and continuous improvement in the quality and vitality of existing programs;
  • motivating, supporting, and empowering the faculty in developing pathways to increase the academic excellence and productivity within the department;
    • leading fundraising initiatives to meet current and future department priorities;
    • regularly interacting with accounting firms and building upon the strong connections between the School of Business and the San Diego business community;
    • fostering alumni engagement and relationships;
    • promoting USD’s students for internships, projects and full-time employment; and
    • having ultimate decision-making responsibility for the hiring and evaluations of faculty and staff.
    Job Requirements:


    • Earned Ph.D. in accounting from an AACSB accredited institution.
    • Established record of professional accomplishment consistent with the rank of full professor.
    • Strong record of scholarship and publication.
    • Ability to provide leadership through collaboration with the faculty to advance the academic programs in the department.
    • Ability to enhance and align all programs in the department, while being an advocate and ambassador for those programs.
    • Knowledge of AACSB accreditation policies and practices.
    • Professional certification (CPA, CMA, CIA) is desirable.
    • Ability to forge productive links with other accounting chairs across the country, as well as other department chairs in the School of Business.
    • Communication skills and ability to develop partnerships with external constituencies, including local and national accounting firms, business partners, and corporations.
    • A record of promoting diversity and a commitment to furthering a culturally aware and inclusive environment.
    • An appreciation for the contemporary Catholic identity, mission and vision of the University.
    • An ability to raise financial resources and build the financial infrastructure of the department.

    Background check: Successful completion of a pre-employment background check.

    Degree Verification Requirement: Persons offered employment in this position will be required to provide official education transcripts for degree verification purposes.

    Posting Salary:

    Commensurate with experience; Excellent Benefits.

    The University of San Diego offers a very competitive benefits package, to include medical, dental, vision, a retirement contribution given to you by the University (with three year vesting period), and access to on-campus Fitness Centers. Please visit the benefits section of our website to view all of the perks and benefits that USD has to offer. USD: Human Resources: Benefits

    Special Application Instructions:

    Nominations, applications, and inquiries of interest may be sent in confidence to the University’s executive search firm:

    Martin M. Baker, Managing Partner


    10 Cadillac Drive, Suite 190

    Brentwood, TN 37027

    [email protected]

    Additional Details:

    The University of San Diego is an equal opportunity employer committed to diversity and inclusion and is especially interested in candidates who can contribute to the diversity and excellence of the campus community.

    The University of San Diego is a smoking and tobacco-free campus. For more information, visit www.sandiego.edu/smokefree.

    Advertised: August 05, 2021 Pacific Daylight Time
    Applications close: Open until filled


    The University of San Diego is a Roman Catholic institution committed to advancing academic excellence, expanding liberal and professional knowledge, creating a diverse and inclusive community, and preparing leaders dedicated to ethical conduct and compassionate service.

    Located on 180 acres overlooking the city of San Diego, Mission Bay and the Pacific Ocean, the campus is a community treasure, with Spanish Renaissance-inspired buildings and breathtakingly beautiful landscapes.

    Chartered in 1949, the university enrolls more than 7,000 students and is known for its commitment to teaching, the liberal arts, the formation of values and community service. In less than 60 years, the University of San Diego has grown from a local college with 50 students and a handful of professors to a nationally ranked university. This achievement is the direct result of a single, unwavering expectation: academic excellence.

    USD offers more than 60 bachelor's, master's and doctoral degrees. The university adds depth to education by inspiring students to grow spiritually, morally and socially. The breadth of programs and depth of facilities means that students can easily find a course of study that ignites their intellectual fire. In the classroom, coursework across disciplines encourages students to develop their critical thinking skills.

    Small class size means the instructors know their students and can stimulate curious minds with anything from participation in a research project to an after-class discussion on topic. Instructors welcome the free exchange of complex ideas in an environment of tolerance and civility. In this environment, students begin a lifelong habit of appreciating and cultivating their individual gifts.

    To complement this instruction, the university's Honors program provides a challenging curriculum for USD's uniquely motivated students. The university also holds memberships in several honor societies, including Phi Beta Kappa.

    While intellectual growth is key, USD adds depth to the education experience by inspiring students to grow spiritually, morally and socially. An active faith community invites widespread student participation. In the classroom, study is accompanied by an examination of ethics and values University of San Diego students inquire freely and challenge ideas, exercise moral, spiritual and social judgment, serve others, and contemplate social justice in their lives and in their chosen fields. These students are truly educated. These students achieve excellence.

    Students, faculty and staff are active members of the community, volunteering time and expertise, fostering friendships, and working to preserve the region’s unique character. With a population of more than 7,500 students and approximately 2,000 employees, the university impacts the life of the area economically, politically and socially. In turn, the university welcomes the community to participate in campus life, through classes, special events, sports, forums and tours.

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