Ricki Livingston, MBA
Campbell School of Business, Berry College; MS Accounting, University of Connecticut School of Business
Ricki joined the University of Connecticut in 2014 and currently serves on the graduate faculty as Instructor In-Residence and Academic Director of Online Programs in Accounting. Online accounting programs under her leadership include the highly ranked Master of Science in Accounting, online since 2003; the Graduate Certificate in Accounting Fundamentals; and the Advanced Business Certificate in Accounting Analytics.
Prior to joining the Accounting faculty at UConn, Ricki Livingston taught with the accounting faculty at Berry College in Rome, GA. From 2009 until 2012, she worked as the Senior Manager of Accounting and Finance at Berry College Enterprises, where she developed, implemented, and supervised various accounting systems. In addition, Ricki has experience as an independent financial accounting consultant to local businesses in the greater Rome area. She served for 23 years in an administrative capacity for a local community outreach center and continues to provide financial literacy education to underserved populations in Uganda.
Ricki teaches Financial Reporting I, Financial Reporting II for the Fundamentals in Accounting Graduate Certificate and Contemporary Issues in Financial Reporting & Analysis and Understanding the Responsibilities in the Accounting Profession in both the Master of Science in Accounting program and Advanced Business Certificate in Accounting Analytics.
Joshua C. Racca, MBA
University of North Texas; PhD Accounting, University of North Texas
Joshua joined the University of Connecticut faculty in 2016 as an Assistant Professor in Residence. Josh coordinates the managerial accounting course for the undergraduate school, as well as teaches courses in data analytics for the Master of Science program. Prior to joining UConn, Josh taught cost accounting and taxation courses at the University of Alabama at Birmingham, along with managerial accounting and tax for the University of North Texas.
Prior to his teaching career, Josh worked for MBNA / Bank of America in several roles, including data analysis, project management, and financial analysis. He also has owned several businesses, as well as worked as a consultant for financial and tax issues for other organizations. Josh teaches both of the Data Analytics courses in the MSA program for UConn.
Amy Dunbar is an associate professor at the University of Connecticut. Professor Dunbar earned her Ph.D. in 1989 from the University of Texas at Austin. Before that, she worked for the IRS, KPMG, and industry. Professor Dunbar currently teaches in the doctoral, MSA, and undergraduate accounting programs She has taught Introduction to Taxation, Taxation for Business Entities, Tax Research, Research for Accounting Professionals, and Data Analysis. She has received departmental and school-wide teaching awards for her teaching in UConn’s online MSA program. Professor Dunbar’s research interests are in the tax policy area, particularly the intersection of accounting and tax regulation. She is a recipient of two IRS grants to examine corporate tax aggressiveness. Her research has been published in the Journal of the American Taxation Association, the National Tax Journal, Public Finance Review, Journal of Public Economics, and Tax Notes. She is also a co-author of two BNA portfolios relating to accounting for income taxes. In addition to her teaching and research interests, she participates actively in the American Taxation Association and received its 2008 Outstanding Service Award.
Frank Murphy, PhD Accounting
University of Arizona
Frank Murphy joined UConn in the summer of 2017 after completing his PhD in accounting at the University of Arizona. Frank started his accounting career at UConn and graduated with a B.S. in accounting in December 2007. After graduating from UConn Frank worked for 6 years at Deloitte Tax in Hartford prior to starting his doctorate. While work, he performed international tax consulting for Fortune 100 clients. During this time, Frank also completed a masters in taxation from Bentley University and became a licensed CPA in Connecticut.
Stephen Pedneault, CPA/CFF, CFE
Stephen Pedneault is a CPA and Certified Fraud Examiner (CFE), who has specialized in financial crimes and fraud investigations for 30 years. Mr. Pedneault is the principal of Forensic Accounting Services, LLC, a local CPA firm located in Glastonbury, Connecticut specializing only in forensic accounting, fraud investigations, and litigation support matters. Mr. Pedneault works with organizations to minimize the risks for fraud, and has investigated instances of financial improprieties ranging from a few thousand to several million dollars. Mr. Pedneault is an adjunct professor at University of Connecticut as well as Manchester Community College, has authored four books, is a contributing author to four books, and has authored many articles for various publications. Mr. Pedneault frequently lectures on the subjects of fraud and forensic accounting, locally, regionally and nationally, and has presented at sessions over 350 times.
Arthur Schmeiser, BS, Accounting, St. John’s University
Arthur Schmeiser joins the UConn faculty after serving 38 years at Deloitte & Touche LLP where he retired as a senior partner. Schmeiser served clients in a variety of industries but had a focus on clients in consumer businesses such as Macy’s, Neiman Marcus, Procter & Gamble, Saks 5th Avenue, Sears, Talbots, The May Department Stores Company and Timberland. In addition to his client work, he has held various leadership positions within D&T, both domestically and internationally. He has broad experience in Securities and Exchange Commission [including serving as an SEC fellow from 1979 to 1981] and other accounting and reporting requirements having been involved with numerous initial public offerings, secondary offerings, public merger filings and public and private company audits. He has extensive experience dealing with Boards of Directors, Audit Committees and Senior Executives of U.S public companies in accounting and reporting areas, along with strategic acquisition and other business matters. Art is a member of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants, as well as the Society of Certified Public Accountants in the states of Connecticut and New York. Art is also involved with the National Retail Federation and the International Mass Retailers Association. Art earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Accounting from St. John’s University in 1971.
Stephen Park, J.D.
Harvard Law School; M.A.L.D. (International Affairs), The Fletcher School, Tufts University; B.A., Ethics, Politics, & Economics, Yale University
Stephen Park is an Associate Professor of Business Law and the Satell Fellow in Corporate Social Responsibility at the University of Connecticut School of Business. His research and areas of expertise are in international financial regulation, international trade law, corporate social responsibility and accountability, and corporate compliance. His current work focuses on new and evolving forms of transnational regulation and public-private governance in the global financial markets, specifically in sovereign debt finance, sustainable finance and socially responsible investing, and corporate environmental and social reporting. Areas of expertise include
Professor Park’s research has been published in the American Business Law Journal, the Stanford Journal of International Law, the Virginia Journal of International Law, the Georgetown Journal of International Law, the Vanderbilt Journal of Transnational Law, the University of Pennsylvania Journal of Business Law, the Stanford Journal of Law, Business, & Finance, the Northwestern Journal of International Law & Business, the Boston College Law Review, and the Business and Human Rights Journal. Among the awards and honors that he has received for his research are the Holmes-Cardozo Award for Best Conference Paper, the Ralph J. Bunche Award for Outstanding Paper in International Law, and the Kubasek Award for Outstanding Environmental Sustainability Paper from the Academy of Legal Studies in Business (ALSB) and the Hoeber Memorial Award for Excellence in Research from the American Business Law Journal. In 2017, he was the recipient of the ALSB’s Distinguished Early Career Faculty Award, given in recognition of demonstrated excellence and exceptional promise in research, teaching, and service in the business law discipline.
At UConn, Professor Park has taught in the School of Business’s Executive MBA, Part-time MBA, MS in Financial Risk Management, MS in Accounting, and undergraduate programs. He has been twice awarded the MSFRM Program’s Outstanding Faculty Member for his teaching. Professor Park is the inaugural Director of the Business and Human Rights Initiative, a partnership between the Thomas J. Dodd Research Center, the School of Business, and the Human Rights Institute, and Co-Director of the Corporate and Regulatory Compliance Graduate Certificate Program, co-administered by the School of Business and the School of Law.
Professor Park holds a J.D. from Harvard Law School, a M.A.L.D. in International Affairs from The Fletcher School at Tufts University, and a B.A. in Ethics, Politics, & Economics from Yale University.
Suzanne Cansler, Instructor in-Residence, Accounting