Professor of Accounting

University of Essex – Essex Business School

Essex Business School

The Accounting Group at Essex Business School has an international reputation in two largely overlapping lines of expertise in accounting research, namely (i) critical, social and qualitative approaches to the study of accounting and (ii) an interdisciplinary perspective of accounting, with a strong emphasis on the study of accounting in emerging and developing economies.

The Group hosts the British Accounting and Finance Association’s (BAFA) special interest group on Accounting and Finance in Emerging Economies and the Journal of Accounting in Emerging Economies. In addition, there is an emerging cluster within the Group which relies on quantitative methods and market-based perspectives in the context of both developed and developing countries.

Within this context, the Group’s research concentrates on four broad themes, namely (i) sustainability, social responsibility and corporate governance; (ii) (management) accounting change (in privatized, public and third sectors – social enterprises, NGOs); (iii) global development, corruption and accountability; (iv) reporting, accounting regulation and market-based accounting research.

The Role and Duties

Essex Business School now seeks to appoint an outstanding candidate for the post of Professor of Accounting. This appointment will have a vital role in enhancing the School’s research leadership profile, developing undergraduate and postgraduate teaching and supervision, and extending the Accounting Group’s profile regionally, nationally and internationally, contributing more widely to the School through service, administration and, where appropriate, informal leadership.

Reporting to the Dean of the Business School, the post-holder will engage in and publish world leading and internationally excellent research and provide leadership in securing significant external research income; successfully supervise and mentor post-doctoral researchers, research students and other staff engaged in research; contribute actively to the education provision made by the department/faculty at both undergraduate and postgraduate levels; engage in successful, strategic leadership to enhance educational excellence; and demonstrate an active commitment to, and engagement in, continuing professional development related to academic, institutional and/or other professional practices, and to encourage this actively in others.

Full details of the Education, Research and Leadership and Citizenship responsibilities can be found in the job pack.

Qualifications and Skills

Candidates should hold a relevant doctoral-level research degree or equivalent professional experience or practice, and have a distinguished academic record, including internationally excellent research in the field of Accounting. You will also be a member of the Fellowship of the Higher Education Academy or possess the commitment to gain this at an appropriate level.

You will have evidence of teaching excellence in accounting at both undergraduate and postgraduate levels; a strong, sustained record of academic publication at international or world-leading levels of recognition, with demonstrable evidence of a clear publication plan for submission to future Research Excellence Framework (REF) programmes; and experience of establishing effective organisational policies and/or strategies for supporting and promoting others in delivering excellence in research and excellence in education. You should also have outstanding organisational, communication and interpersonal skills and a demonstrable ability to make plans/set objectives, take responsibility and to achieve them.

We would especially welcome applications from candidates with expertise in auditing or taxation. Candidates with expertise in other areas of accounting are also encouraged to apply. We would also particularly welcome applications from those who identify as female or non-binary and those from an ethnic minority as they are under-represented in the School.

At the University of Essex internationalism is central to who we are and what we do. We are committed to being a cosmopolitan, internationally-oriented university that is welcoming to staff and students from all countries and a university where you can find the world in one place.

Please use the ‘Apply’ button below to read further information about this role including the full job description and person specification which outlines the full duties, skills, qualifications and experience needed for this role. You will also find details of how to make your application here.

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