Two new faculty members joined the School of Accountancy and Management Information Systems as assistant professors in 2015: Matthew T. Stern and Christine Gimbar. In this issue, we talk with Gimbar about her new role at DePaul. Click here to read about Matthew Stern.
Having recently completed her PhD in Accounting and Information Systems at Virginia Tech, Gimbar offers DePaul business students expertise in the areas of auditing and financial accounting. Gimbar, a certified public accountant, previously worked for PricewaterhouseCoopers in New York and McLean, Va., where she gained extensive audit experience as a manager of PwC’s large, public clients in the entertainment, media and hospitality markets. This fall she taught introduction to accountancy classes at DePaul.
What attracted you to this faculty position?
The wonderful faculty in the Department of Accountancy and MIS was what attracted me to DePaul. From my first interview, I felt very comfortable and welcomed by everyone from the director to the tenure- and non-tenure track faculty to the staff. I felt at home during my campus visit, and knew DePaul was the place I wanted to be. Also, as a graduate of a Jesuit university, I was attracted to DePaul’s Catholic tradition. The great location doesn’t hurt either!
What are your professional areas of interest?
My primary research interests include various aspects of audit quality, including auditor-client interactions, the audit review process and fraud identification.
How would you like to make an impact on our students’ lives?
I hope to use my real-world experience as a professional accountant and auditor to attract students to the profession. Additionally, I plan to use innovative teaching methods, such as flipping the classroom (reversing the homework and lecture portions of a course) and interactive classroom activities to make the material fun. I got turned onto new teaching methods by my sister-in-law, Katie, who travels the country showing teachers how to ‘flip’ their classrooms. Any way to make the accounting concepts clearer and more fun to learn is a win for both myself and the students!
What are your hobbies?
I love to read! My mom always said, and I’ve found it to be true, that ‘you’ll be amazed at how you can get lost in a book.’ I also love stand-up comedy and going to see live music.
Anything interesting you would like to share?
I have a bulldog named Bacon…and I have a candy addiction—so the candy store in the lobby of the building has already become a problem for me. I’m trying to convince them to implement a frequent shopper rewards program.