Zabihollah Rezaee

Thompson-Hill Chair of Excellence and Professor of Accounting
University of Memphis

Dr. Zabi Rezaee is currently the Thompson-Hill Chair of Excellence and Professor of Accounting at the University of Memphis and has served a 2-year term on the Standing Advisory Group (SAG) to assist the Public Company Accounting Oversight Board (PCAOB) in its standard-setting responsibilities (2004-2006). He has taught previously at the following universities: Middle Tennessee State University, University of Detroit, University of Alabama in Huntsville, University of Tehran in Iran, Hong Kong Polytechnic University, Malaya and Uitm Universities in Malaysia, Lulea Technology University in Sweden, United International College (UIC), Fudan and Peking Universities in China and the University of Puerto Rico.  Dr. Rezaee’s areas of teaching are auditing, financial accounting, international and managerial accounting, internal auditing, accounting systems applications, financial  statement analysis, corporate governance, business sustainability and ethics and financial reporting and auditing seminars at undergraduate, graduate and PhD levels. Evaluations by students and colleagues indicate high effectiveness in teaching.

He currently serves as Secretary (2013-2014) of the Forensic & Investigative Accounting Section of the American Accounting Association (AAA).

Dr. Rezaee has published over 200 articles in well-recognized academic and practitioner journals such as: the Journal of Accounting and Economics; Contemporary Accounting Research, Auditing: A Journal of Theory & Practice; Journal of Accounting, Auditing and Finance; Accounting Horizons, Strategic Finance; and the Journal of Accountancy, among many others. He has presented over 210 research papers at universities and regional, national and international meetings and has received numerous research grants from various sources. He currently serves on the editorial board of several journals and has reviewed papers for many journals, meetings and organizations.

He received the Lybrand Bronze Medal for the outstanding Article of the Year in 1999, selected by the Institute of Management Accountants; Outstanding Contributor Award, IIA for his article, “The Three Cs of Fraudulent Financial Reporting,” Internal Auditor (October 2002 issue); was a finalist for the SOX Institute’s SOX MVP 2007 Award and was the 2011 Award winner for SOX Corporate Governance and Risk Management.

He is ranked in the top tenth (10th) percentile (1,672 out of 181,338) of authors in the SSRN based on 7909 total paper downloads as of March 2012. He is ranked in the top ten (fourth place) of the most productive faculty (graduated in 1985) in the study by Hasselback et al., 2012 “Benchmarking the Research Productivity of accounting doctorates”, Issues in Accounting Education, November 2012, Vol.24, No.4.

Dr. Rezaee holds the CPA, CMA, CIA, CFE, CGFM, CSOXP, CGOVP, CGRCP, CGMA and CRMA certifications and possesses practical experience in both financial and managerial accounting and auditing.

He has also published eight books: Financial Institutions, Valuations, Mergers, and Acquisitions: The Fair Value Approach; Financial Statement Fraud: Prevention and Detection; U.S. Master Auditing Guide 3rd edition; Audit Committee Oversight Effectiveness Post-Sarbanes-Oxley Act; Corporate Governance Post-Sarbanes-Oxley: Regulations, Requirements, and Integrated Processes; Corporate Governance and Business Ethics; Financial Services Firms: governance, Regulations, Valuations, Mergers, and Acquisitions; and Corporate Sustainability: Integrating Performance and Reporting, which won the 2013 Axiom Gold Award in the category of “Business Ethics.”

He has served on a number of university committees, held officer positions in numerous professional organizations, provided consulting to United Nations development programs and served on the Standing Advisory Group of the Public Company Accounting Oversight Board (PCAOB).

Dr. Rezaee has been involved extensively in the development and review of  accounting programs at several universities abroad, coordinated their graduate and PhD programs and is currently the PhD program coordinator/representative at the School of Accountancy at the University of Memphis.

B.S., Accounting, The Iranian Institute of Advanced Accounting
M.B.A., Taleton State University in Texas
Ph.D., The University of Mississippi

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