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Robert Lee, PhD, CPA

Assistant Professor of Accounting

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Email: robert.lee2@pepperdine.edu

Robert Lee Assistant Professor of Accounting

Dr. Robert Lee is an assistant professor of accounting at Pepperdine University's Graziadio School of Business and Management. Prior to his doctoral studies, Dr. Lee worked as a senior auditor in public accounting. He holds a Ph.D. from Drexel University, a Master in Accountancy degree from Villanova University, and a Bachelor of Arts degree in Economics and Mathematics from University of Michigan. He is an active certified public accountant in California.

He has a deep passion for teaching and inspiring students to understand accounting and applying it to the workplace. He currently teaches in the MBA, MS in Applied Finance, and MS in Global Business programs at Pepperdine University’s Graziadio School of Business and Management. In 2016, Dr. Lee received the Howard A. White Award for Teaching Excellence. While at Drexel University, he received the PhD Instructor Award and Teaching Assistant Award.

His research focuses on examining the judgment and decision making process in accounting and auditing contexts. His dissertation was awarded the doctoral student grant from the IMA Research Foundation. In 2015, he received the Rothschild Research Fellow and was awarded a Julian Virtue Scholarship in 2013-14. Dr. Lee has published in various accounting journals, such as Journal of Business Ethics, Advances in Taxation, Managerial Auditing Journal, Strategic Finance and others.

He is a member of the American Accounting Association, Institute of Management Accountants, and Beta Gamma Sigma Honor Society.

Drexel University: Philadelphia, PA

Doctor of Philosophy in Business Administration (Accounting), June 2012
Dissertation: “Tax aggressiveness and the trade-off between tax benefits and tax costs”
Committee: Anthony Curatola (Chair), George Tsakumis, Hsihui Chang, Seung Lae Kim, Bernhard Reichert

Villanova University: Villanova, PA

Masters of Accountancy and Consultancy, 2005

University of Michigan: Ann Arbor, MI

B.A. Economics and Mathematics, 2003

Education

Drexel University: Philadelphia, PA

Doctor of Philosophy in Business Administration (Accounting), June 2012
Dissertation: “Tax aggressiveness and the trade-off between tax benefits and tax costs”
Committee: Anthony Curatola (Chair), George Tsakumis, Hsihui Chang, Seung Lae Kim, Bernhard Reichert

Villanova University: Villanova, PA

Masters of Accountancy and Consultancy, 2005

University of Michigan: Ann Arbor, MI

B.A. Economics and Mathematics, 2003

Interests

Research: Judgment and Decision Making in Auditing, Taxation, and Managerial Accounting

Teaching: Auditing, Managerial Accounting, and Financial Accounting

Research

“Tax aggressiveness and the trade-off between tax benefits and tax costs” (Dissertation)

“Management disclosure and internal control quality” (with Helen Choy and Anthony Curatola) -Working paper

“Where are they now? A study of auditor turnover” (with Barbara Murray Grein and Judy Land) -Working paper

“The influence of tax policy and the retirement gender gap” (with Anthony Curatola) - Initial stages

Publications (in practitioner oriented publications)

Lee, R. & Curatola, A. (2012) “The Adoption Credit” Strategic Finance, May 2012.

Curatola, A. & Lee, R. (2012) “Proposed Regulations Relaxing Local Lodging Rules” Strategic Finance, September 2012.

Teaching Experience

2010-11 Instructor, Managerial Accounting, Undergraduate (Spring, 1 section)

2010-11 Teaching Assistant, Managerial Accounting, Executive MBA (Spring, 1 section)

Teaching 2010-11 Assistant, Managerial Accounting, MBA (Spring, 1 section)

2009-10 Instructor, Managerial Accounting, MBA (Fall, 1 section)

2009-10 Instructor, Managerial Accounting, Undergraduate (Summer, 1 section) Instructor, Managerial

2009-10 Accounting, LEAD MBA (Summer, 1 section) Instructor, Managerial Accounting, Undergraduate (Spring, 1 section)

Conference Participation

2011 AAA Annual Meeting

2010 AAA/Deloitte/J. Michael Cook Doctoral Consortium (Lake Tahoe, CA) 2009 AAA Annual Meeting

2009 Auditing Section Midyear Meeting (Reviewer)

2009 American Taxation Midyear Meeting and JATA Conference

External Funded Research

2011 Institute of Management Accountants - for the period July 2011 to June 2012

Funding: $4,000

Project: Tax aggressiveness and the trade-off between tax benefits and tax costs (Dissertation)

Honors and Awards

2011 Awarded the Doctoral Student Grant from Foundation for Applied Research of the Institute of Management Accountants

2011 Ph.D. Student Instructor Award, LeBow College of Business

2010 Teaching Assistant Award, LeBow College of Business 2005 Beta Gamma Sigma Honor Society

Professional Experience and Certifications

2007 Certified Public Accountant (Pennsylvania)

2005 KPMG LLP, Senior Auditor

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