Jennifer Joe, professor of accounting and information systems in the Pamplin College of Business at Virginia Tech, has been named the John E. Peterson Jr. Professor in Accounting by the Virginia Tech Board of Visitors.

The John E. Peterson Jr. Professorship was established in 1991 to support the Pamplin College of Business in its efforts to attract and retain eminent scholars in the field of accounting with preference to faculty working in the area of auditing.

Recipients hold the title of John E. Peterson Jr. Professor in Accounting for a period of five years.

Joe joined the Virginia Tech faculty this fall having served as the Whitney Family Professor of Accounting at the University of Delaware. She specializes in studying the role of auditors using experimental and behavioral methods. In the past three years alone, she has published five articles in journals including The Accounting Review, Journal of Accounting Research, Accounting Organizations and Society, and Contemporary Accounting Research.

Joe has delivered speeches and presented her research at major universities and she is an editor at The Accounting Review, a highly regarded elite journal. She is a member of the Public Company Accounting Oversight Board Investor Advisory Group, and a member of the board's Standards and Emerging Issues Advisory Group.

In her career, Joe has received the Ph.D. Project Accounting Trailblazer Award, has served as the chief diversity advocate at the Lerner College of Business and Economics, and was the Cohen Family Director of Diversity at the University of Delaware. She was the plenary speaker of the 2020 American Accounting Association Diversity Section Conference and has been advisor to the student chapter of the National Association of Black Accountants for numerous years.

Joe has taught many topics essential for the future of accounting education, including core auditing and financial reporting courses, and she has taught current and developing specialty courses on data analytics, polices leading to wealth inequities, and corporate governance.

Joe received her bachelor's degree from the City University of New York Bernard M. Baruch College and a Ph.D. from the University of Pittsburgh.

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