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Spears School’s Dr. Craig Sisneros to be inducted into The PhD Project Hall of Fame

Friday, August 30, 2019

Dr. Craig Sisneros, assistant professor of accounting in the Spears School of Business, has been selected for induction into The PhD Project Hall of Fame.

Spears School of Business assistant professor of accounting Dr. Craig Sisneros is one of only three people from across the world to be selected this year for induction into The PhD Project Hall of Fame.

The PhD Project was founded on the premise that advancements in workplace diversity could be improved by increasing the diversity of business school faculty, and the group established the Hall of Fame in 2011 to recognize a select few who have inspired many. Sisneros will be inducted into The PhD Project Hall of Fame at the organization’s annual conference in November in Chicago.

“We are very proud that Craig has received this honor and appreciate all he has done for us and for the accounting field,” said Dr. Ken Eastman, dean of Spears Business. “Diversifying our faculty has been one of our highest priorities and Craig’s recognition supports our efforts. We recognize that our students will benefit greatly by having faculty who represent different perspectives, backgrounds and experiences as this will help prepare them for the world in which they will work and live.”

"The School of Accounting is very fortunate to have Craig on our faculty. His student-centeredness, commitment to service and focus on inclusion and diversity serve as important reminders to our students and our faculty about what is important."

Dr. Audrey Gramling

Sisneros joined the Spears Business faculty in 2018 after holding visiting and/or assistant professor positions at the University of Colorado Denver, Wichita State University and the University of Utah. His teaching experience includes financial and managerial accounting at the introductory and intermediate levels, financial statement analysis, and he is teaching in the OSU Ph.D. program.

He holds a bachelor’s degree in accountancy from Metropolitan State College of Denver and a doctorate degree in accountancy (finance minor) from Arizona State University. Sisneros serves as faculty advisor for the Beta Alpha Psi – Chi Chapter at OSU, as a member of the OSU School of Accounting Ph.D. program committee and as a planning committee member for The PhD Project.

“The School of Accounting is very fortunate to have Craig on our faculty,” said Dr. Audrey Gramling, head of OSU’s accounting program. “His student-centeredness, commitment to service and focus on inclusion and diversity serve as important reminders to our students and our faculty about what is important.”

Sisneros and the two other honorees are being recognized for sustaining an unwavering commitment to The PhD Project’s mission and their positive leadership has resulted in significant encouragement and impact within group’s network of minority business doctoral students and faculty. Joining Sisneros as inductees are Dr. Jorge Pérez, associate vice president of academic affairs and student success at the University of Tennessee, and Dr. Ian O. Williamson, pro-vice chancellor and dean of the Victoria Business School at Victoria University of Wellington in New Zealand.

“We are pleased to present the 2019 inductees to The PhD Project Hall of Fame. Since our inception, these individuals have served The Project as presenters, mentors and advisors,” said Bernard J. Milano, president of The PhD Project and the KPMG Foundation, the founder, lead funder and administrator of The Project. “They have put forth great effort to create diversity in academia and ultimately, the business world.”

The PhD Project, which was founded by the KPMG Foundation in 1994, recruits minority professionals from business into doctoral programs in all business disciplines. Since its inception, The PhD Project has been responsible for the increase in the number of minorities earning a business Ph.D. from 294 to 1,517, of whom 1,303 are teaching in U.S. colleges and universities. Further, 259 minorities are currently enrolled in doctoral programs.

Visit the group’s website for more information.

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