Jeffrey Pittman, a visiting professor of accounting and information systems in the Pamplin College of Business at Virginia Tech, has been named the Curling Visiting Professor in Accounting and Information Systems by the Virginia Tech Board of Visitors.

The professorship was established in 2013 to provide support for the Pamplin College of Business to attract and retain eminent scholars in the field of accounting.

Pittman’s scholarship focuses on matters related to auditing practice, tax policy, and the influence of board of director social networks on stock price risk. He is a highly productive scholar, ranked the fifth-most productive accounting researcher worldwide in the past five years and is the sixth-most productive researcher over the most recent 12-year period. His impact on junior faculty and doctoral students has raised the profile of the department and college.

Pittman is an award-winning instructor who is a strong contributor to graduate education. He receives strong evaluations of teaching effectiveness from his students.

He has held several visiting scholar positions around the world, including at Hong Kong University of Science and Technology from 2006-08 and the University of Illinois from 2015-16. He joined the faculty in the Department of Accounting and Information Systems as a visiting professor from 2017-20 and returned to the department in 2021. He also serves as chair in Corporate Governance and Transparency and professor at Memorial University in Canada.

Pittman received his bachelor's degree and master’s degree from Memorial University and a Ph.D. from the University of Waterloo.

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