Zimmerman to receive the 2016 Doctoral Dissertation Award for Innovative Research in Accounting Education

zimmermanAleksandra (“Ally”) B. Zimmerman is excited to be joining the nationally-ranked accounting program at Northern Illinois University as an Assistant Professor starting in Fall 2016. She just earned her PhD from Case Western Reserve University in May.

Her dissertation, chaired by Timothy J. Fogarty, examines the impact of audit partner Big 4 experience on audit pricing in the non-Big 4 firm audit market. She finds that audit fees are higher for engagements led by non-Big 4 audit partners with Big 4 experience than those without Big 4 experience.

Zimmerman earned her MSA from Kent State University and BSBA (Accountancy) from John Carroll University. Prior to entering academia, she worked in public accounting for a regional CPA firm in Cleveland, Ohio, working on audits, tax compliance, and business valuations.

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