Sandra Waller Shelton, KPMG Distinguished Professor of Accountancy at DePaul, has been inducted into The PhD Project Hall of Fame this fall. The PhD Project is an award-winning national program that seeks to increase diversity in business and business education. Shelton has been involved with the organization since its inception in 1994.
“Throughout her academic career Dr. Shelton has made it her mission to serve as a role model to undergraduate students and doctoral students,” the PhD Project said in its announcement of her induction. “She has worked to identify and recruit faculty of color through her relationships with the Accounting DSA (Doctoral Students Association), and The PhD Project, and DePaul now has the highest number of PhD Project members on faculty.”
The PhD Hall of Fame recognizes leaders who have shown an unwavering commitment to the organization’s mission, resulting in significant encouragement and impact within the organization’s network of minority business doctoral students and faculty. Hall of Fame inductees have served as presenters, mentors and advisors. “They have put forth great effort to create diversity in academia and through that, the business world,” said Bernard J. Milano, president of The PhD Project and the KPMG Foundation, which founded and is the lead sponsor of the project.
A faculty member at DePaul since 1994, Shelton teaches auditing, forensic accounting and internal auditing courses in the undergraduate and graduate programs, and she also coordinates the DePaul Internal Auditing Education Program. Her research interests focus on judgment and decision-making issues with financial information. A certified public accountant, Shelton previously worked as an auditor for Deloitte & Touche, LLP and as a senior financial analyst and internal auditor for a major corporation. She received her PhD from The University of Wisconsin-Madison and her MBA from Indiana University.