Master of Science in Accounting
Professor and Department Head
Taisier A. Zoubi received his PhD in accounting from the University of North Texas, USA. His research and teaching interests are financial statements analysis, banking, information content of accounting information and emerging markets. His articles have appeared in the International Journal of Accounting, Emerging Markets Review, Oil and Gas Tax Quarterly, Journal of Applied Research, Petroleum Accounting and Financial Management Journal and other national and international journals.
Abed Al-Nasser Abdallah gained his PhD in Accounting and Finance from the School of Management (6* rating), the University of Lancaster, UK. He has worked at the University of Bath School of Management, UK, and taught in Executive MBA programs in the UK, Greece and Oman. He has been published in journals such as the Journal of Financial Research, Quarterly Review of Economics and Finance, Management Accounting Quarterly Journal and the Review of Accounting and Finance Journal. His research interests include international listing of shares, information disclosure, corporate governance, earnings management, mergers and acquisitions, auditor independence, risk disclosure, Islamic versus conventional banks, analyst following and management accounting.
Yass Alkafaji is an academician and a practicing auditor. He teaches and researches topics in international accounting and auditing. As part of his non-academic teaching, he taught classes for the American Institute of CPAs, Arthur Andersen, Ernst & Young, and FGMK. At AUS, he had lead seminars for Maritime Industrial Services, Bukhatir Group, Sharjah Chamber of Commerce, DP World, and the Securities and Commodities Authority. He is a Certified Public Accountant, a Certified Fraud Examiner and a Certified Valuation Analyst. He has a Doctorate in Business Administration from Mississippi State University, and an MBA from the University of Texas-Austin.
Mustafa Ciftci received his PhD in accounting from the University of Texas at Dallas, USA. His research interests are valuation, productivity and accounting treatment of intangible assets, cost behavior and implications of cost behavior for analysts’ forecasts. His articles have appeared in the Journal of Accounting and Economics; Journal of Accounting, Auditing and Finance; Journal of Business Finance and Accounting; and European Accounting Review.
Musa Darayseh earned a PhD in Accounting from the University of Nebraska, Lincoln, USA. Dr. Darayseh has taught in accounting and finance departments for more than 20 years at institutions such as Purdue University and AUS. His research interests are in the areas of bankruptcy, pension, accounting accuracy, Islamic issues, and accounting education issues. His teaching interest is in the areas of cost, managerial, financial, intermediate and advance financial accounting.
Karen Hawa is a Certified Public Accountant (CPA). She holds a Graduate Diploma in Accountancy from McGill University, Montreal, Canada. At AUS, she has taught financial and managerial accounting. Prior to moving into academia, she worked as an external auditor with the audit firm Deloitte and Touche in Montreal.
Dr. Mahmud Hossain earned his PhD in Business with concentration in Accounting from Baruch College, USA. He was a staff accountant at Philips Electronics and taught at University of Memphis, University of Houston-Clear Lake and City University of New York. His research interests include capital market, accounting regulation, auditing and international accounting. His research has appeared in Journal of Accounting, Auditing and Finance; Journal of Accounting and Public Policy; Journal of International Accounting Research; Pacific Basin Finance Journal, and Review of Quantitative Finance and Accounting. He received the American Accounting Association’s Ohio Region Best Research Paper award. He is a member of American Accounting Association and Canadian Accounting Association.
Ashraf Khallaf earned a PhD in Accounting from Florida Atlantic University, USA. He has taught in accounting and finance departments at institutions such as Florida Atlantic University and the University of Southern Indiana, USA. His areas of teaching interest are financial accounting, intermediate accounting, advanced accounting and accounting for Islamic financial Institutions. His areas of research interests are capital market research, return on research and development and IT investments, corporate governance, Islamic finance and Islamic accounting standards.
Feras Salama earned a PhD in International Business/Accounting from the University of Texas at El Paso, USA. He teaches courses in financial accounting (Principles of Accounting I and Intermediate Accounting II). Prior to his academic career, he worked for CPA firms (performing tax services and working on audit assignments) and publicly traded companies (performing financial analyses). In addition to teaching at AUS, Dr. Salama is a limited partner at an accounting firm in the United States. Dr. Feras is a Certified Public Accountant (CPA) licensed from the State of Texas.
Senior Instructor and Outreach Director
Jeannette Vinke teaches finance and accounting at AUS, as well as an advisory board member of the Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales (ICAEW). Her current activities include promoting better finance practices through improved corporate social responsibility by research, training and consulting. Her past positions include CFO Middle East for Deutsche Bank as well as senior positions with KPMG in Europe and the Middle East. Her SME activities include negotiating a buy-out of the Dubai-based company AME Info as the company’s CFO. She is an Associate Chartered Accountant from the ICAEW and holds an MBA from the University of Portsmouth, UK.
Ronald Williams has an MBA from Lincoln University and holds the designations of Certified Public Accountant (CPA) and Certified Internal Auditor (CIA). He has significant industry, teaching and consulting experience. In addition to his accounting and finance experience, he worked as a stockbroker for several years. He also worked on consulting assignments for the World Bank and USAID in Albania and Uganda.