The past decade at the Jones School has been transformative. With a state-of-the art learning facility, the launch of the MBA for Professionals and PhD programs as well as an undergraduate business minor, and the addition of world-class faculty in all disciplines, there is a new energy in the Jones School.
Although much is new, we do not forget our long tradition of accounting excellence. Early leaders on the accounting faculty include such notable scholars as Robert R. Sterling (also the first Dean of the Jones School), Philip W. Bell, Edgar O. Edwards, and Stephen A. Zeff. From 2002 to 2006, all four gentlemen were inducted into the Accounting Hall of Fame. In fact, Rice holds the unique distinction as the only university to have four of its faculty, active or retired, recognized in the Accounting Hall of Fame.
Building on this rich heritage, the accounting area has welcomed several new faculty in recent years, reflecting the Jones School’s commitment to accounting research and education. Our faculty are at the leading edge of research in their fields and have won several teaching awards. We are also proud to have the most award-winning teachers of any area in the Jones School. We are truly dedicated to advancing accounting thought and practice.
It is an exciting time to be at the Jones School. I join the Dean in inviting you to read on and learn about accounting at Rice from our distinguished faculty and alumni.
Karen K. Nelson
Accounting Area Coordinator and Professor of Accounting