Two new professors join the school this year, both bringing to DePaul new energies and talents sure to have an impact in the classroom and on our students.
Willie D. Reddic
Willie Reddic comes to DePaul from the Whitman School of Business and Joseph I. Lubin School of Accounting at Syracuse University, where he received his Ph.D. in Accounting in 2013.
Reddic also holds a master’s degree in economics from the Maxwell School of Economics at Syracuse, and another master’s in finance, from the University of Illinois at Urbana. With this background he brings many dimensions to the accounting classroom.
His teaching interests include financial accounting, corporate finance, and risk management and insurance, and his research agenda concerns financial reporting and disclosure, corporate governance, capital markets and regulation in the insurance industry.
Stints as a research assistant at the National Bureau of Economic Research and with the Florida Office of Insurance Regulation are also noteworthy, in addition to his having received many scholarships and fellowships throughout his post-graduate studies, including a KPMG Doctoral Fellowship.
Stephani A. Mason
Stephani Mason turned to an academic career after years in the accounting and banking communities, earning her PhD in Accounting from the Rutgers University Business School in 2013. While working towards her doctorate, she served as an adjunct faculty member teaching accounting at New York’s Hunter College, the largest unit of the City University of New York (CUNY). She also holds an MBA with a finance concentration from the Booth School of Business of the University of Chicago. Prof. Mason was awarded an AICPA Doctoral Fellowship and, like Prof. Reddic, a KPMG Doctoral Fellowship.
Upon completion of her BSC and with her CPA, she started with Deloitte, where she worked in tax; positions with JP Morgan’s private banking industry and U.S. Trust’s family office group followed quickly, providing her with years of solid business experience in both private and public sectors.
“I’m excited to be at DePaul,” says Mason; “the students are ambitious, the curriculum challenging, and the accounting community is very supportive of our efforts. Expectations are very high.”
Prof. Mason’s research interests include the role of accounting information in capital markets and on corporate financing decisions; securities issuance, mergers and acquisitions, and the impact of regulation on accounting and finance decisions. Her teaching will include financial and managerial accounting.
Professors Mason and Reddic are the latest DePaul faculty members who have been influenced by The Ph.D. Project, a national program and network established and administered by the KPMG Foundation to increase minority representation on the nation’s business school faculties. DePaul Accountancy Professors Kelly Richmond-Pope and KPMG Profesor Sandra Shelton are also among the almost 1,200 professors and 360 Ph.D. students on their “doctoral journey” who have been encouraged and supported by the project.