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Chair, Department of Accounting

Iowa State University
Iowa, United States
Salary Not specified
Date posted
Jan 22, 2024

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Faculty Positions, Business & Management, Accounting & Finance
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Chair, Department of Accounting
Ivy College of Business

The Department of Accounting in the Debbie and Jerry Ivy College of Business at Iowa State University is seeking a leader with a strong record of achievements for the role of Department Chair to support and promote the work of faculty in the department. Committed to being one of the highest quality accounting programs in the country, the department is supplementally accredited by the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB). As a Carnegie Foundation designated Research-Extensive institution, we seek an individual who will build on the department's long-standing scholarly excellence in research, teaching, and industry engagement. The Chair will be expected to foster collegiality within the department and enhance the University's land-grant mission both on- and off-campus. The anticipated start date for this position is July 1, 2024.

The successful candidate will oversee a department of 13 tenure-track and 9 term faculty that serves 464 undergraduate and 38 graduate students. Committed to its mission, vision, and values, the department is guided by its current strategic plan. The chair reports to the dean and works with the dean and associate deans to coordinate the overall management of the department. The chair regularly interacts with university senior leadership, college level leadership, college staff, students, alumni, and industry partners. Candidates must demonstrate experience and aptitude in strategic planning and facilitating communication to support success for all faculty and students. As an academic leader, the candidate must have a record of high-quality research and demonstrate a broad knowledge and appreciation of the field of accounting.

The Chair is responsible for personnel matters, including faculty recruitment and advancement, departmental governance, collaborative engagements, and external relations. The chair also oversees central administrative operations of the department, including curriculum and teaching as well as assessment and accreditation. The chair works with staff in development, marketing and communications, student services, and career services to advance the department's goals.

Required Minimum Qualifications:
  • Doctoral degree in accounting or a related discipline, from an accredited institution.
  • An exemplary record of achievement in scholarship sufficient to qualify for appointment as a tenured faculty member.
  • Meet the college's standards to be scholarly academic qualified under the AACSB Accreditation Standards.

Preferred Qualifications
  • Strong record of publications in top accounting journals and a record of scholarly and professional achievement at a level sufficient to qualify for appointment as a full professor.
  • Administrative experience, including faculty mentoring, curriculum development, strategic planning, and personnel management.
  • Familiarity with trends in accounting education and prior experience engaging with the accounting profession.
  • Knowledge of AACSB accreditation.

Iowa State University

In addition to being classified as a Carnegie Foundation Doctoral/Research University - Extensive, Iowa State is ranked by U.S. News and World Report as one of the top public universities in the nation. Close to 30,000 students are enrolled and are served by over 6,200 faculty and staff. Committed to its land-grant mission, the University is organized into eight colleges, including the Graduate College. The University provides a broad array of academic degree programs, including more than 100 bachelor degree programs, one Professional degree (the Doctor of Veterinary Medicine offered through the College of Veterinary Medicine), over 100 masters programs, over 80 Ph.D. programs, and over 60 certificate programs. In FY 23, Iowa State secured over $300m in external research funding, which was a new record for the institution. Iowa State has over 310,000 living alumni, including over 45,000 living graduates of the Ivy College of Business.

The University's strategic plan is based upon four pillars: innovative solutions, education experience, community engagement, and knowledge + discovery. Intersected and interwoven throughout the pillars are its land-grant university hallmarks ofteaching, research, service, and extension. Most importantly, the pillars give structure and direction on how the university will make a difference for its state and world in the years ahead.

The Ivy College of Business
The Ivy College of Business is a college on the move with highly ranked undergraduate and graduate programs and several new degrees. Bringing together world-class faculty, staff, programs, and facilities to deliver business education for a rapidly changing world, the College prepares students for a future of progress and positive impact on the world. Building upon this foundation, the College is in the midst of a strategic plan with a focus on three strategic priorities: advancing innovative, high-quality, and high-impact programs; increasing the quality and impact of scholarly research; and expanding opportunities for community, business, and global engagement. The Ivy College currently enrolls over 4,800 undergraduate and graduate students who are taught, mentored, and supported by 147 faculty and 77 staff. The College offers 14 undergraduate majors, 9 master's programs, and a doctoral program.
It is comprised of six departments: Accounting, Finance, Management and Entrepreneurship, Marketing, Supply Chain Management, and Information Systems and Business Analytics. Each department has preeminent scholars who are publishing in the top journals in their disciplines.

The City of Ames

Ames,Iowa is a growing community of 66,000, located approximately 30 minutes north of Des Moines, and ranked the #1 Best College Town in America in 2018 (24/7 Wall St., 2018),ranked #15 on the Top 100 Best Places to Live in 2020 (, and ranked the healthiest city in the State of Iowa in 2020 (USA Today).Ames has 35 parks, 55 miles of bike and pedestrian trails, golf courses, lakes, and an aquatics center for outdoor recreation. Ames is a great place to live, work, and raise a family. It is also affordable and easy to get around.Additional information about the city of Ames(

The Des Moines metro area is located 30 minutes south of Ames. Des Moines ranked #19 out of 150 cities for Best Places to Live in the U.S. in 2023-2024, #11 for Best City to Live in After the Pandemic in 2020, and #16 for Best City for Young Professionals in 2022. Des Moines has bike trails, walking trails, parks, and lakes for outdoor recreation. Cultural events and festivals draw all ages to Des Moines's downtown area. Moreover, communities of color make up 39% of the city's residents according to the decennial census.

Application Process

Buffkin / Baker, an executive search firm, is assisting the university in the search. Inquiries of interest, nominations, and applications should be submitted electronically, in confidence, to:

Mr. Martin M. Baker, Managing Partner
Ms. Chelsie Whitelock, Associate Partner
Buffkin / Baker

Applications will be accepted until the position is filled. However, to receive full consideration, applications should be received by February 23rd, 2024.

Iowa State University is a global and culturally diverse university committed to providing an inclusive, equitable, and diverse environment for both learning and employment. Diversity in experience and perspective is vital to advancing innovation, critical thinking, solving complex problems, and building an inclusive academic community. At Iowa State, we translate these values into action by seeking individuals who have experience working with diverse students, colleagues, and constituents. The university expects that all employees will demonstrate a contribution to diversity and inclusion as embodied in Iowa State University's Principles of Community.

Iowa State University and the Ivy College of Business are responsive to the needs of dual-career couples and are dedicated to work-life balance through an array of flexible work policies.

Iowa State University does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, age, ethnicity, religion, national origin, pregnancy, sexual orientation, gender identity, genetic information, sex, marital status, disability, or status as a U.S. Veteran. Inquiries regarding non-discrimination policies may be directed to Office of Equal Opportunity, 3410 Beardshear Hall,515 Morrill Road,Ames, Iowa 50011, Tel.515-294-7612,Hotline515-294-1222,


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