The University of Delaware’s Alfred Lerner College of Business and Economics strives to “cultivate a diverse faculty pursuing impactful scholarship and enthusiastically sharing their expertise” as part of the College’s mission. Each year, our faculty push the boundaries within academia, creating innovative research and earning impressive awards, placements and accolades.
This year, the UD Alfred Lerner College welcomed 18 new faculty members into its community. Youngki Jang is an assistant professor of accounting, and he spoke with Lerner about his passion for accounting and why he chose to join the UD faculty.
Lerner: What is your professional and academic background?
Jang: Prior to returning to academia, I worked as a CPA with PWC and KPMG in South Korea. I earned a Ph.D. in management science from the University of Texas at Dallas and served as an assistant professor at the University of Nebraska at Omaha.
Lerner: What is your research focus?
Jang: My research interests are in the areas of financial and managerial accounting, including cost structure, corporate disclosure, and mergers and acquisitions.
Lerner: What inspired you to work in your field/research/subject area?
Jang: I have been interested in accounting as a primary source of information for capital markets. As such, my research is centered on capital market outcomes of accounting choices.
Lerner: What is it about UD that made you want to work/teach/research here?
Jang: I am happy to be a colleague of the outstanding faculty at UD and look forward to working with them.
Lerner: What course are you most excited to teach at Lerner?
Jang: I will teach ACCT 207 in the spring. I am excited to meet students at Lerner!
Lerner: What is something unique about you that may surprise your peers/students? (hobby, talent, experience etc.)
Jang: I almost failed my first accounting class in high school. Back then, I didn’t realize accounting would be my lifetime topic to explore.