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Regardless of whether you belong to BYU, please list questions you have, information you want, or other things that you want to see on the website on this page. Hopefully, this can be a resource for a far greater community than just BYU individuals.

  • So, I guess one question I have is the point of this wiki. Is the point to provide new information not available anywhere else, or to just go out and find information that is easily accessible in a place that makes sense, and put it here? What do people things about this? Also, many people suggest we have things on here that are already on here, suggesting that the site needs to be better organized, they need to be more with it, or something needs to change.--67.194.199.77 18:37, 2 December 2008 (MST)
    • Great questions. I see the point of this wiki as not to recreate the wheel but as a place to organize all the information out there and create the information that is not out there. I agree that people don't seem to be using the website or the website is poorly organized to find information. One idea I had is to put up an announcements section with an RSS feed so people can subscribe to it. We would then highlight different resources and so people could learn about them. We haven't gone through these comments yet to start to implement them, instead we wanted to get them out there for all to see. I think for this website to be successful we are going to have to get more than one or two people willing to make a contribution. Another purpose of this website is to provide networking for BYU alumni. Is this the best way to do this? Would it make more sense to start a Facebook group for example. I'm not sure, but we need to think these things through. More comments from others would be very helpful. One great place to start is why people don't contribute. Daw44 20:16, 2 December 2008 (MST)
      • I would vote against facebook (where I imagine my vote is given an epsilon weight). How about a linkedin group?--Jlamro 14:46, 3 December 2008 (MST)
        • I was just throwing out a name...I know you are anti-facebook :-). Linkedin is nice but doesn't provide a lot of collaboration in terms of discussion and such. It's not as interactive and I don't think accomplishes much more than the wiki is accomplishing. Daw44 16:40, 3 December 2008 (MST)
          • I love facebook. I have had an account with them for some time. I even have one friend.:)--Jlamro 21:23, 6 December 2008 (MST)
      • I think we might consider it as an option. It could help to improve our google page rank. - Spuhlmann 18:33, 29 December 2008 (MST)


  • I would like to see a discussion about the review process. How do you decide where to submit a paper? How long does it usually take? What is expected of me when I am asked to review a paper? Is is appropriate to try to figure out who the authors are? Can I ask for the help of others? At what point in the process is it appropriate to reveal your identity as the reviewer to the author(s)?


  • I think a list of universities stipends would be interesting and useful. It may not be a big basis in making any kind of decision, but, it would be interesting to see what different schools are offering. It could be under the page How much is a typical PhD School Stipend?
    • This information can be found on the survey that the AAA conducted here. I think a link from each school's page to this survey may be helpful. - Spuhlmann 18:33, 29 December 2008 (MST)


  • I would like to see the questions and answers (and the whole site) geared more towards the average potential PhD student (not a PhD prep grad) and maybe even provide resources for non-members at other institutions. Now I can't really give prospective students here at Michigan State the website link because the information is so skewed to BYU PhD prep students who are seeking a PhD. - Kristian Allee - Faculty (Spuhlmann 11:35, 29 November 2008 (MST))


  • A page full of paper replications with sas code and tables. - Scott Dyreng - Faculty (Spuhlmann 11:35, 29 November 2008 (MST))


  • Information about schools for prospective Ph.D.s; information of faculty and student research interests, including faculty at other schools; teaching information; information about faculty involvement in policy, standard setting, boards, academic and professional organizations, etc. to help Ph.D.s in networking. - W. Steve Albrecht -Faculty (Spuhlmann 11:35, 29 November 2008 (MST))
    • This information is already included on each program's page. Down the road, we can look to add more of this. - Spuhlmann 18:48, 29 December 2008 (MST)


  • I'd like to be able to obtain information about current PhD students to determine when they plan to be on the job market and to have information about them so as we are looking for people to fill positions we can use the PhD Prep wiki as a resource. - Nate Stephens - Faculty (Spuhlmann 11:35, 29 November 2008 (MST))
    • Are there other sites that provide this type of social networking, such as AAA? If not, we could expand our coverage of current doctoral students. This may take a fair amount of work, but it could be helpful. - Spuhlmann 18:48, 29 December 2008 (MST)


  • A reliable and detailed database that maintains a list of every paper published in the last N number of years in major accounting journals would be an extremely valuable resource. I know some attempts at this have been made by Ted Christensen and others, but I'm not aware of its status. - Jason Smith - Faculty (Spuhlmann 11:35, 29 November 2008 (MST))
    • I think this would be beyond the scope of the wiki. - Spuhlmann 18:48, 29 December 2008 (MST)


  • Information for those considering an academic career route, answers to specific questions regarding such questions as: work for a few years or go straight through? What's a PhD program like (how long, finances, can you work during, etc.)? What's it like being a professor? What is the typical salary range at various schools? Do I have to go financial or are there opportunities in audit, tax, managerial? ETC. - Doug Prawitt - Faculty (Spuhlmann 11:35, 29 November 2008 (MST))
    • It seems like we have a lot of this information on the wiki already, but accessibility and links are problematic due to the wiki's current structure and organization. - Spuhlmann 18:48, 29 December 2008 (MST)


  • I think it could be useful to have a place where people could start up co-authorships on the site. Maybe a place where researchers can post a general are of interest and ask whether anyone would be interested in discussing the topic further. This could be especially helpful for Ph.D. students who don't have a big network yet. - Chad Simon - Faculty (Spuhlmann 11:35, 29 November 2008 (MST))


  • More SAS programming info/links. - Adam Esplin - Doctoral Student (Spuhlmann 16:49, 1 December 2008 (MST))
    • SAS training would be a big plus! - Gabby Wang - Doctoral Student (Spuhlmann 16:49, 1 December 2008 (MST))
    • I like what I already see. I would like further development on SAS programming resources, Stata, etc. - Ken Merkley - Doctoral Student (Spuhlmann 16:04, 9 December 2008 (MST))
    • This is on the wiki with links to other sites. Accessibility and organizational changes would improve this. - Spuhlmann 18:48, 29 December 2008 (MST)


  • I think it would be great to have a "spotlight" on someone currently in a PhD program maybe once a month. It would be interesting to know how everyone else is doing and I think it would help others considering a PhD know more about our experiences. - Ben Lewis - Doctoral Student (Spuhlmann 16:49, 1 December 2008 (MST))


  • I would be nice if the wiki would have a section on who is hiring this year and contact information. I know that SSRN has job postings but there are a lot of schools that do not post on SSRN (Chicago, Stanford, Wharton, Berkeley, USC, etc.). - Christopher Williams - Doctoral Student (Spuhlmann 16:49, 1 December 2008 (MST))


  • See people actually go there. - Jeff Hoopes - Doctoral Student (Spuhlmann 16:49, 1 December 2008 (MST))
    • In the web statistics on the main page, we could include total hits. - Spuhlmann 18:48, 29 December 2008 (MST)


  • Some way to communicate with other members through the wiki. - Spencer Pierce - Doctoral Student (Spuhlmann 16:49, 1 December 2008 (MST))
    • I think many have an email listed already for further contact. Though, we could create a forum section to facilitate communication. - Spuhlmann 18:48, 29 December 2008 (MST)


  • Information for students who may choose to still get a PhD, but not in Accounting. Of course, I realize this shouldn't be a huge part of the wiki since it's main purpose is to help students get PhDs in Accounting. - Zeke Hernendez - Doctoral Student (Spuhlmann 16:49, 1 December 2008 (MST))
    • This is beyond the scope of our focus. There are other resources for looking at Ph.D. opportunities in general. - Spuhlmann 17:58, 30 December 2008 (MST)


  • Salary information for accounting professors. There are many web sites that have this information for public universities. - Paul Madsen - Doctoral Student (Spuhlmann 16:49, 1 December 2008 (MST))


  • What other research students are doing. - Josh Madsen - Doctoral Student (Spuhlmann 16:49, 1 December 2008 (MST))


  • Other faculty research interests. University job opportunities (including visiting/guest lecturing positions). - Jim Cannon - Doctoral Student (Spuhlmann 16:49, 1 December 2008 (MST))


  • I think a great contribution would be some good review materials for PhD Prep students on calculus, Econ, and etc. For example, I think I have struggled because my caculus skills were really weak. I didn't understand that the Econ classes would require so much math, which my sound stupid. But because I had fogotten how to do some of the simple calculus and algebra I would get really confused in class. Now that I have done poorly in a few classes and have finally remember some of these simple concepts I feel like I am in a whole new world. - Chase Jensen - Potential Doctoral Student (Spuhlmann 17:01, 1 December 2008 (MST))
    • It could be useful to post a page with links to sites offering review materials for calculus, economics, and statistics. - Spuhlmann 18:19, 30 December 2008 (MST)


  • It would even be helpful to have a list of commonly used definitions that are used in academic literature. Terms like endogeneous and etc. I think resources like these two would be helpful, expecially if they were explained not in a textbook, but more specifically tailored for the PhD Prep Students at BYU. - Chase Jensen - Potential Doctoral Student (Spuhlmann 17:01, 1 December 2008 (MST))
    • Links could be included on the page for review materials.


  • Cost of living statistics - Brady Williams - Potential Doctoral Student (Spuhlmann 17:01, 1 December 2008 (MST))
    • We could post a link to each university page from some site that offers cost of living information for cities. - Spuhlmann 18:19, 30 December 2008 (MST)


  • In the past, some of the university-specific pages haven't had any information posted on them--it would be nice to have that resource when you click on a school's name. - Thomas Steffen - Potential Doctoral Student (Spuhlmann 17:01, 1 December 2008 (MST))


  • Maybe you're already planning to post the information relating to the current research paper you have going about the rankings of schools based on current faculty--that would be great to have on there. - Thomas Steffen - Potential Doctoral Student (Spuhlmann 17:01, 1 December 2008 (MST))


  • Any resources about rankings would be useful, as would actual information about starting salaries (although I realize this is more private and may be hard to come by). - Thomas Steffen - Potential Doctoral Student (Spuhlmann 17:01, 1 December 2008 (MST))


  • Accounting program rankings, or a link to an established Internet database with program rankings. - Joshua Coyne - Potential Doctoral Student (Spuhlmann 17:01, 1 December 2008 (MST))


  • Synopses of the lifestyles involved with teaching and researching in the various sub-disciplines in accounting. - Joshua Coyne - Potential Doctoral Student (Spuhlmann 17:01, 1 December 2008 (MST))
    • I don't think the lifestyle varies enough (e.g., between someone who performs research in audit and another who performs research in AIS) to warrant discussion beyond a general discussion of the lifestyles of accounting faculty. Though, a discussion of the differences in work performed for each methodology could be included. For example, someone who performs archival research will perform research in a different way than would someone who performs experimental research. - Spuhlmann 18:19, 30 December 2008 (MST)


  • Lists of academic journals by tier for, amoung others literature reviews. - Joshua Coyne - Potential Doctoral Student (Spuhlmann 17:01, 1 December 2008 (MST))


  • More answers to FAQ about preparing for a PhD, choosing an emphasis, choosing a school, etc. - Valerie Funk - Potential Doctoral Student (Spuhlmann 17:01, 1 December 2008 (MST))


  • A comment on your question above (referring to participation in the wiki)... I would love to participate in helping the Wiki site work. However, I hesitate to commit to a "weekly" or "monthly" update; but feel like "yearly" and "quarterly" underestimate my availability. With everything on my plate right now, I don't want to say I'll do it, then have it fall through the cracks. I'm guessing there are many (non-tenured) folks in this boat. Perhaps another option would be to pick people who have information you need on the page and ask them, much like a journal editor would, to give a report by a certain date. You send out a bunch of assignments, and if the assignments take 3 times longer than promised, you give the assignment to someone else. E.g. if you didn't have information for Emory, you could email me and ask that I write something up. (I can say that, because Donnie just did our page...). If it has been a year or two since a page was updated, you could make an "update" assignment. One more thing, I think it's important to express effectively how this helps Ph.D. Prep-Track students. Donnie mentioned how helpful the site was, and that was good to hear. Perhaps when you ask for help, you could start by pointing out that this is a way we can "give back to BYU, by helping future generations of grad students be successful in their endeavors." - Bill Taylor - Faculty (Spuhlmann 16:38, 3 December 2008 (MST))
    • I like what he says about ways to improve involvement in the wiki. We could leverage this more. - Spuhlmann 18:19, 30 December 2008 (MST)


  • I don't regularly use the wiki. - Faculty (Spuhlmann 16:04, 9 December 2008 (MST))


  • At the moment, I can't think of anything beyond what I have already seen on the site. Keep up the good work! - Jason Porter - Faculty (Spuhlmann 16:04, 9 December 2008 (MST))


  • I have to write a federal grant proposal this year for the Global Management Center, and it is possible that we could include something related to international accounting research. Let's discuss that as an option on how I could get involved in the wiki. - Lee Radebaugh - Faculty (Spuhlmann 16:04, 9 December 2008 (MST))
    • With IFRS coming, a page dedicated to international accounting may be helpful. - Spuhlmann 18:19, 30 December 2008 (MST)


  • Just what's already there. - Steve Stubben - Faculty (Spuhlmann 16:04, 9 December 2008 (MST))


  • I think the University Info pages are a valuable resource. When I was a prospective PhD student I could have really benefited from good university info pages. Also, having faculty discuss what they think of their University as a place to work would be a nice resource for those eventually going onto the job market. - Donnie Young - Doctoral Student (Spuhlmann 16:04, 9 December 2008 (MST))
    • I think our university pages are unique to our wiki. I think that improving these pages will be the way to boost use of the wiki. - Spuhlmann 18:19, 30 December 2008 (MST)
  • I think it would be interesting to maintain a list of the workshops held at BYU throughout the year. Including the paper presented would also be nice. I don't think this is on here already and I don't know of another place where it is.
It is currently listed in 540. Sometimes authors don't want individual papers posted as they are early working papers. I think putting up the schedule would be good. Daw44 15:38, 29 June 2009 (MDT)
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