Cindy Vance, PhD
|Title||Chair & Associate Professor of Accounting|
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|Doctor of Philosophy Business Administration, with a concentration in Advanced Accounting – Northcentral University, 2017
Master of Business Administration – Shenandoah University, 1995
Bachelor of Science (Accounting and Economics) – Shepherd University, 1988
Dr. Vance is a full-time Associate Accounting Professor at Shepherd University. She teaches accounting courses at the undergraduate and graduate level. She has over 25 years experience in the accounting field in external audit, internal audit, and financial accounting, and managerial accounting. She has held controller positions in both the higher education and health-care industry. She received a Bachelor of Science degree with a major in Accounting and Economics from Shepherd University in 1984, a Master of Business Administration degree from Shenandoah University in 1995, and a Doctor of Philosophy in Business Administration with a specialization in Advanced Accounting from Northcentral University in 2017. She is a summa cum laude graduate from the attended institutions, and a recipient of the McMurran Scholar award from Shepherd University. Her research area is financial statement fraud. Her Ph.D. dissertation was titled, “The Effects of the Presence of Fraud and Auditor Certification Considering Professional Skepticism on Fraud Risk Assessment Performance”, which examined the effect of the presence of fraud and auditor attributes on fraud risk assessments.
Dr. Vance is a licensed CPA in Virginia, and she does consulting in her free time. She serves on the following committees at Shepherd University: Admissions & Credits, Core Curriculum, Curriculum & Instruction, and Scholarships and Awards. She is also the advisor of the Shepherd University Accounting Club and an alumna of Phi Gamma Nu, professional business fraternity. She is a member of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants (AICPA), the Virginia Society of Certified Public Accountants (VSCPA), the Association of Certified Fraud Examiners (ACFE), Delta Mu Delta international business honor society (Northcentral University), Phi Kappa Phi international multidisciplinary honor society (Shepherd University), the Shepherd University McMurran Scholar Advisory Board, and the Shepherd University Alumni Association Board.
|Contact For||Shepherd University Accounting Club|
Michelle Files, CPA
|Title||Assistant Professor of Accounting|
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|Masters of Business Administration with an Accounting Concentration – Shepherd University, 2013
Bachelor of Science (Accounting and Business Administration) – Shepherd University, 2006
Professor Files is a full-time Assistant Accounting Professor at Shepherd University teaching accounting courses at the undergraduate and graduate level. She has eight years of experience working in the accounting field in the areas of estate and trust administration, post-mortem estate planning, estate, fiduciary, individual, and business taxation, and financial accounting.
She earned her Bachelor of Science degree with a major in Accounting and Business Administration from Shepherd University in 2006 and a Master of Business Administration degree with a concentration in Accounting from Shepherd University in 2013. She is currently enrolled at Liberty University in the Doctorate of Business Administration program in the Finance cognate.
Ms. Files is a licensed CPA in West Virginia and is a Certified Specialist in Estate Planning through NIEPE. She serves on the Curriculum & Instruction committee at Shepherd University. She is a member of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants (AICPA) and the West Virginia Society of Certified Public Accountants (WVSCPA).
|Title||Assistant Professor of Accounting|
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|Doctor of Business Administration candidate, ABD – Heriot-Watt University, Edinburgh, UK
Post Graduate Certificate in Business Research – Heriot-Watt University, Edinburgh, UK, 2017
Master of Science in Taxation (MST) – University of Central Florida, 2003
Juris Doctor (J.D.) in German and EU Law – Freie Universitaet, Berlin, Germany, 1990
Before coming to Shepherd University, Al was an Assistant Professor of Accounting and Finance at the American University of Afghanistan in Kabul. Prior to that he was an instructor and program lead for accounting and taxation at Oregon State University – Cascades and a lecturer at the Higher Colleges of Technology in Abu Dhabi. He also taught graduate and undergraduate tax and accounting classes for Linfield College, the University of Liverpool and a number of other colleges and universities in the USA. He has extensive experience as a small business advisor and in the financial services industry and has worked for companies such as Morgan Stanley and International Assets Advisory Corporation, where he specialized in financial statement analysis and investment research. As a CPA he worked with contractors, real estate brokers, health care professionals and small businesses from a variety of industries and provided international taxation and accounting services to U.S. clients investing and operating abroad as well as foreign clients interested in doing business in the United States. He also held various positions in government and law firms in Europe and is a licensed Certified Public Accountant in Oregon and Washington.
Publications and Papers:
1. “Value relevance of accounting information under IFRS in the United Arab Emirates”, current research.
2. “An Examination of the Relationship Between Size and Growth of Listed Firms in the United Arab Emirates” (2018), with Julie Ann Elston and Melanie Widmer, 7th International Conference on Restructuring of the Global Economy (ROGE), 9th -10th July University of Oxford, UK, The Business and Management Review, 9, 4, 2018, 338 (abstract)
3. “Entrepreneurial intention and regional internationalization in China”, with Julie Ann Elston, Small Business Economics: An Entrepreneurship Journal, 2018, https://doi.org/10.1007/s11187-018-0114-5
4. “The Role of Informal Capital on New Venture Formation and Growth in China” (2016) with Sandy Chen and Julie Ann Elston, Small Business Economics: An Entrepreneurship Journal, 46(1), 79-91
5. “Valuation Differences Under 3 Accounting Standards: Empirical Evidence from Germany’s Neuer Markt” with Julie A. Elston and Steven Thornburg, UCF Working paper 2003-09