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Letter from the Chair

Hello! Warm greetings from the beautiful campus of UTEP. Welcome to The Bottom Line, a newsletter published by the Department of Accounting and Information Systems every semester.  

I would like to take this time to introduce myself as the new Department Chair. It is an honor to lead this department into its next stages of growth and productivity. In this newsletter, I am pleased to share with you some of the academic and professional milestones this Department has accomplished in the past semester.  

Through our strong alumni network and deep community partnerships, the Department has seen a variety of professional development opportunities and events provided to our students. Through initiatives such as the PwC Case Competition and Project VITA, our students are gaining real-world experience while connecting with industry leaders.   

Our faculty continue to produce relevant research in top academic journals.  Since January 2021, our faculty have published or received acceptances for approximately 24 articles in top accounting, information systems and broader business journals. I thank our faculty for continually pushing the boundaries of new knowledge and insights.  

We have spent the last few months revitalizing the curriculum for both our IS and accounting programs.  On the Accounting side, we have begun incorporating numerous professional licenses (such as CIA, CMA, and CFE) and certifications (such as Excel, Tableau, and Alteryx) into our curriculum. These opportunities are made possible through partnerships with corporate and non-profit organizations.  

I hope this newsletter provides a useful picture of the work our faculty, staff, students, and advisory board have done this year. I welcome your feedback and suggestions as we strive to make a meaningful difference in the lives of all stakeholders in our binational community. 


Kevin E. Dow, Ph.D. 
Chair, Accounting and Information Systems 



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