AMHERST, Mass. – Christopher P. Agoglia, who chairs the department of accounting at the Isenberg School of Management at the University of Massachusetts Amherst, has been appointed the inaugural Richard Simpson Endowed Professor. The appointment was approved by the UMass Board of Trustees.
Kumble R. Subbaswamy, UMass Amherst chancellor, and James V. Staros, provost and senior vice chancellor for academic affairs, recommended the appointment calling Agoglia “one of the world’s eminent scholars on auditor judgment and decision making.”
“It is a great honor to be named the inaugural Richard Simpson Endowed Professor,” Agoglia says. “Dick Simpson has been a beloved fixture of the Isenberg School for nearly 50 years, and it has been my privilege to serve on the faculty with him these last six. He has had an incalculable impact on generations of UMass students—who affectionately refer to him as their ‘living legend.’ I am truly humbled to have my name connected with an individual of his character, a man who has dedicated his life to making a difference in others’ lives.”
Subbaswamy and Staros told the trustees that Agoglia’s research history “is remarkable in both quantity and quality of publications.” They note that since 1999, his 16-refereed publications include three in the Journal of Accounting Research, three in The Accounting Review and one in Contemporary Accounting Research. All of those publications are on the Financial Times list of top research journals in business and both the Journal of Accounting Research and The Accounting Review are widely recognized among the “top three” research journals in accounting. They are also designated by the Isenberg School as premier publications. Agoglia has also had two publications in Auditing: A Journal of Practice & Theory and one in Behavioral Research and Accounting, both highly respected journals.
An independent ranking from Brigham Young University of professors from more than 700 business schools places Agoglia first in the nation in research on auditor judgment and decision making and tied for third for auditing research overall, Subbaswamy and Staros say.
Agoglia is also lauded for his work mentoring doctoral students at the Isenberg School. Subbaswamy and Staros say that students benefit from his high standards for research and his willingness to help doctoral students identify quality research questions and how to properly explore those ideas.
In terms of service to the university, Agoglia has served as an editor of Contemporary Accounting Research since 2010 and as an associate editor at Behavioral Research in Accounting since 2013. He also has been on the editorial boards of The Accounting Review since 2011, Auditing: A Journal of Practice & Theory since 2008 and Behavioral Research and Accounting since 2013. Agoglia is also one of a small group of top auditing judgment and decision-making researchers to serve on the Academic Review Committee of the Center for Audit Quality/American Accounting Association Access to Audit Personnel Program. This newly formed committee reviews applications from young faculty members and doctoral students seeking access to professional auditors as research participants.
Agoglia joined the university in 2008 as an associate professor and was promoted to professor in 2011. He became chair of the department of accounting in 2013. Agoglia previously was on the faculty at Drexel University as an assistant professor from 1999-05 and associate professor from 2005-08. He earned awards for both his teaching and research while at Drexel.
Agoglia earned his bachelor’s degree at Florida Atlantic University in 1989 and a doctorate in accounting from UMass Amherst in 1999.