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Dean of School of Accountancy

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22 Mar 2024

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Singapore Management University (SMU) has started a global search for its next Dean of the School of Accountancy.  Founded in 2000, the University offers a transformative education for a new generation of graduates and leaders, and a multi-disciplinary research environment to help tackle the world’s complexities and positively impact humanity. SMU has grown to become a prominent specialised university for the world of business and management. The University prides itself for its ability to generate leading-edge research with global impact and to produce broad-based, socially engaged, creative and entrepreneurial leaders.

The School of Accountancy has built an outstanding reputation for its significant contributions to accounting research and high-quality accounting education; it is currently ranked amongst the top ten accounting schools in the world (Brigham Young University rankings) and counts world-class scholars and business leaders as part of its team. The School’s research is both academic-driven and practice oriented; it offers holistic education underpinning its suite of distinctive programmes - the Bachelor of Accountancy (BAcc), the Master of Professional Accounting (MPA), the Master of Science in Accounting (MSA) (Data & Analytics) and the PhD in Accounting – as well as coveted thought leadership and broad collaboration with businesses and society.   

The next Dean will be able to build on the achievements of a world leading School and to advance its position as a premier source of advice and innovation to help shape the future of accounting practice and increase the value of the discipline to society. In doing so the next Dean will need to be able to leverage relevant leadership experience gained in a research intensive environment of similar standing, demonstrate an excellent personal scholarly profile; demonstrate contributions to advancing research in archival-based financial accounting (given the School’s emphasis on this field), bring the ability to develop and execute on a distinct vision as well as inspiring and inclusive leadership that supports faculty, students and communities the School seeks to serve and to work with. 


SMU will be supported in this appointment process by the executive search firm Perrett Laver. The search firm will support the SOA Dean Search Committee in the discharge of its duties both to assist in the assessment of candidates against the requirements for the role and to identify the widest possible field of qualified candidates.  

Application documentation should include (in electronic form): a cover letter describing relevant management and leadership experiences, teaching and research interests, and a full curriculum vitae.   

To apply, or to download further information on the required qualifications, skills and experience for the role, please visit, quoting reference 7187 or initial inquiries may be directed to Jolin Lai at The deadline for applications is 22 March 2024.

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