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For Immediate Release: February 19, 2014

Providence College School of Business Associate Dean Appointed to Prestigious Position at Global Accounting Firm

Providence, R.I. – Dr. Christine Earley, associate dean and professor of accountancy in the Providence College School of Business (PCSB), was recently chosen to serve in a two-year rotating academic fellowship at KPMG, one of the “Big 4” global public accounting firms.

She will be taking a professional leave of absence from PCSB and joining KPMG’s Global Services Center (GSC) in Montvale, N.J., beginning in June, 2014.

“This national appointment provides recognition of Dr. Earley’s many accomplishments and talents.  Her experiences will greatly benefit our students and her fellow faculty members,” said Dr. Sylvia Maxfield, dean of PCSB.

In this newly created position, Earley will work in a number of major areas for KPMG. Primarily, she will be leading and supporting KPMG programs and processes that are designed to support academic research and researchers.  In addition, she will work side-by-side with KPMG GSC professionals on audit methodology-related projects to provide advice and bring theoretical perspectives to project work, leverage extant or recent academic research to inform teams, and potentially facilitate or leverage new research designed to support methodology project work and emerging issues.

Teaching at PC since 2008, Earley became associate dean of PCSB in 2012. She is responsible for overseeing all issues relating to faculty and curriculum for the PCSB. She is a former auditor and certified public accountant, and her research interests are primarily in the areas of auditing and professional ethics. 

Earley has published in the following leading journals in accounting: The Accounting Review, Contemporary Accounting Research, Auditing: A Journal of Practice and Theory, and Issues in Accounting Education. She serves on the editorial board of The Accounting Review, and previously served on the editorial boards of Auditing: A Journal of Practice and Theory and Issues in Accounting Education. She has contributed to the accounting profession in several ways, including instructing the American Accounting Association (AAA) Auditing Section Audit Educators’ Bootcamp and serving as conference chair or liaison for the following AAA sections; 1) Accounting, Behavior and Organizations, 2) Auditing, and 3) Public Interest. She serves on the AAA Northeast Region Steering Committee and the Executive Committee of the AAA Auditing Section.

Earley earned a bachelor’s degree in accounting from the University of Connecticut. She received a master’s degree in cognitive psychology and a PhD in accounting from the University of Pittsburgh.


Chrissy Centazzo
Public Affairs, Community and Government Relations
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