High honours for Australian School of Business Professors

Thursday, 6 December 2012  Features

With outstanding research in accounting and auditing, Professor Roger Simnett has been appointed the prestigious UNSW title of Scientia Professor. The internationally distinguished Professor from the Australian School of Business, UNSW, joins his colleagues, Professors Ken Trotman and Robert Kohn who have been reappointed to the title for their research in Auditing and Econometrics, respectively.

The Scientia Professor title is a six year appointment that acknowledges scholars with outstanding research performance and true international eminence in research. Nominated by their peers, Scientia Professors require the support of 10 referees of international standing.

They join existing Scientia Professors from the Australian School of Business, Professors Jay Pil Choi, John Piggott, Ron Masulis and Alan Woodland, who currently hold the title.

Professor Alec Cameron, Dean of the Australian School of Business praised the achievement: "The appointment of the Scientia title is recognition of the outstanding research, leadership and service records of Professor Simnett, Professor Trotman and Professor Kohn at the Australian School of Business," he said.

"Having seven Scientia Professors is exceptional, and underlines the research strength of our School. We should all feel a great sense of pride in having such outstanding colleagues," Professor Cameron proclaimed.

As one of the top 12 auditing academics in the world over the past six years, Professor Roger Simnett has been appointed the Scientia title for his major contributions to research in accounting and auditing at UNSW. He is ranked equal first in Australia for research output, a Fellow of the Academy of the Social Sciences in Australia and led the international Task Force (2007-2012) for developing assurance standard for auditing.

Professor Ken Trotman, recognised nationally and internationally for his achievements in auditing, is a previous recipient of the Scientia title. His re-appointment applauds his ongoing research into auditor's judgement in financial statement fraud detection, increasing professional skepticism and management accounting research.

In the field of Econometrics, Professor Robert Kohn is ranked in the top 10 Australian mathematicians and is internationally respected. Also a previous recipient of the Scientia title, Professor Kohn was one of only two UNSW Professors awarded the ARC DORA Fellowship in 2011 and the recipient of the Discovery Grant in 2011, the largest ever at UNSW.

The title of Scientia Professor was established in 1997 when the Vice-Chancellor of UNSW proposed that a special category of Professorship be created to recognise outstanding research performance. The title is given in recognition of their past, present and potential future research. The term 'Scientia' was drawn from the University's arms and reflects the University's commitment to the promotion of all branches of intellectual and practical scholarship.