The Office of the Vice President for Research recognizes John J. (Jack) Maher, a professor of accounting and information systems with the Pamplin College of Business, for his research using decision-modeling related to accounting and auditing, with emphasis on debt markets.
Maher specializes in capital markets and accounting information, and information systems in accounting. During his academic career, Maher’s research has examined the proper measurement, valuation, and reporting for ill-defined corporate liabilities such as defined benefit pensions, medical benefits for retirees, and environmental obligations. He has investigated the effects of book-tax differences on corporate credit markets, the effects of auditor industry expertise on earnings quality, and the effects of non-audit service fees on perceived audit quality.
Maher’s research has been published in leading journals such as The Accounting Review; Journal of Accounting, Auditing and Finance; Auditing: A Journal of Practice and Theory; Review of Quantitative Finance and Accounting; The Journal of the American Taxation Association; and Accounting Horizons.
Maher has received several teaching awards and has business experience as a management accountant and an internal auditor.
He joined Virginia Tech as an assistant professor in 1985. In 2007, the Virginia Tech Board of Visitors appointed Maher as the John F. Carroll Jr. Professor of Accounting and Information Systems.
He has served the community as a volunteer coach of youth soccer and basketball programs at various levels. He has also been a 20-year member of the Recreation Advisory Board in his community. He has helped build houses for Habitat for Humanity and has been active in his church as a member of the Finance Council and Sunday lector.
Maher earned his bachelor’s and master’s degrees from the University of Scranton and a Ph.D. from Pennsylvania State University.