Robert Knechel

Fisher School professor named Senior Editor of premier accounting journal

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GAINESVILLE, Fla. – W. Robert Knechel, Frederick E. Fisher Eminent Scholar and Director of the International Accounting and Auditing Center at the University of Florida Fisher School of Accounting has been named the next Senior Editor of The Accounting Review.

Now in its 92nd year of publication, The Accounting Review is the premier journal for publishing articles reporting the results of accounting research and explaining and illustrating related research methodology.

Currently, Knechel is an Editor of The Accounting Review. He will begin his three-year term as Senior Editor on June 1, 2020.

“Being named Senior Editor is one of the highest honors that can accrue to an accounting academic,” Knechel said. “It is actually quite humbling. There have only been 25 Senior Editors since the journal was first started in 1926. I will be number 26.

“Being Senior Editor offers a rare chance to influence the development of accounting research in a broad and meaningful way.”

Knechel has served on the editorial board of The Accounting Review for many years, in addition to the editorial boards of Auditing: A Journal of Theory & Practice and International Journal of Auditing. He has also served as a reviewer of Contemporary Accounting Research, Auditing: A Journal of Theory & Practice, The Accounting Review, Decision SciencesBehavior Research in Accounting, Issues in Accounting Education and Accounting Horizons.

Knechel has been a faculty member at the University of Florida Fisher School of Accounting since 1981. He is also a Visiting Research Professor of Auditing at the University of Auckland Business School and Research Professor in Auditing at KU Leuven. His primary areas of research include issues related to assurance, control, performance measurement and auditing. His research has been published in several top accounting and auditing journals including the Journal of Accounting ResearchThe Accounting ReviewThe International Journal of Auditing and Auditing: A Journal of Practice & Theory.

Knechel has received a number of awards for his research and dedication to the field of accounting including an honorary doctorate from BI Norwegian Business School, the Doctoral Dissertation Advisor/Mentoring Award, the Best Paper Published Award in Auditing: A Journal of Practice & Theory, the Best Manuscript Award at the Annual Meeting of the Accounting and Finance Association of Australia and New Zealand, the Outstanding Educator in Auditing Award from the American Accounting Association and named a University of Florida Research Foundation Professor from 2015-2017.

He is a member of the Standing Advisory Group of the Public Company Accounting Oversight Board and a board member of The Foundation for Audit Research in the Netherlands. Knechel received his B.S. in Accounting from the University of Delaware and his Ph.D. from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.