Accounting and Finance

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    Sevante Metcalf, Coordinator

    Sevante Metcalf is an instructor in the Department of Accounting and Finance at the University of Alabama at Birmingham (UAB). He received a Master of Business Administration, with a concentration in Finance, from the University of Alabama at Birmingham. Mr. Metcalf joined Collat faculty in the Summer of 2012. Since then he has taught a variety of business courses covering topics including Business Foundations, Financial Literacy, Financial Management, and Personal Finance. Prior to joining th...

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    Stephanie Yates, Director

    Dr. Stephanie Yates earned her B.S. in Marketing, M.B.A. in Accounting and M.A. in International Economics from the University of Cincinnati. She earned her Ph.D. in Finance from Louisiana State University in Baton Rouge. She is also an Accredited Financial Counselor ® , a CERTIFIED FINANCIAL PLANNER ™, and a Registered Financial Consultant ®

    In 2004, Dr. Yates became the first director of the Hickey Financial Technology Center at Siena College in Loudonville, New York. From 2005-200...

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    Stephanie Yates, Department Chairperson

    Dr. Stephanie Yates earned her B.S. in Marketing, M.B.A. in Accounting and M.A. in International Economics from the University of Cincinnati. She earned her Ph.D. in Finance from Louisiana State University in Baton Rouge. She is also an Accredited Financial Counselor ® , a CERTIFIED FINANCIAL PLANNER ™, and a Registered Financial Consultant ®

    In 2004, Dr. Yates became the first director of the Hickey Financial Technology Center at Siena College in Loudonville, New York. From 2005-200...

  • Faculty Position

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    Angel Smith, Instructor (P)

    Angel Smith is an instructor in the Department of Accounting and Finance at the University of Alabama at Birmingham (UAB). She earned her master’s and bachelor's degrees in Accounting from UAB. Ms. Smith's scores on the CPA exam placed her fifth in the State of Georgia and in the top 120 nationwide when sitting for the exam in May 2000. In addition to holding a CPA license, she is also a Certified Internal Auditor. After gaining experience in both external and internal auditing working at Ern...

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    Arline Savage, Professor (P)

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    Ave Jack, Instructor (P)

    Ave Jack is an instructor in the Department of Accounting and Finance at the University of Alabama at Birmingham (UAB). She received a Bachelor of Industrial Engineering from the Georgia Institute of Technology, a Master of Science in Computer Information Systems from Boston University and a Master of Arts in Education from UAB. Ms. Jack has experience with the International Business Machines Corporation as an industrial engineer in a manufacturing facility and as a systems engineer in a sales...

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    Caleb Houston, Assistant Professor (P)

    Caleb Houston is an Assistant Professor of Finance at the University of Alabama at Birmingham. His research and teaching focuses on topics in corporate finance and investments. He has taught numerous sections including: Fundamentals of Corporate Finance, International Financial Management, and Financial Markets and Institutions. He seeks to engage students by teaching from a perspective that is relevant and provides necessary information for operating in the business sector. Outside of the class...

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    Chen Song, Instructor and Senior Instructor (P)

    Chen Song is a senior instructor in the Department of Accounting and Finance at the University of Alabama at Birmingham (UAB). She received a master’s degree in Accounting and Information Systems from Virginia Tech. Ms. Song spent more than 8 years in public accounting at Ernst & Young LLP. She is a registered CPA in Alabama.

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    Christopher Edmonds, Associate Professor (P)

    Chris Edmonds is an Associate Professor in the Department of Accounting and Finance at the UAB Collat School of Business. He coordinates the mass section face-to-face and online Principles of Accounting courses. Dr. Edmonds teaches accounting with a business decision-making approach. Today’s market values critical thinking more than the ability to follow a set of manual accounting procedures. His courses are flipped and very interactive. For his online accounting classes, he has created hundreds...

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    Daniel Sanabria, Instructor (P)

    Daniel A. Sanabria, CFA, has over 13 years of experience in capital markets and asset management combining high-level market knowledge with investment experience. He currently serves as a credentialed course instructor for the University of Alabama at Birmingham (UAB), where he teaches a variety of Investments and Finance courses, and is member of the Board of Directors of the CFA Society of Alabama.
    Daniel previously served as Director of Trading and Operations for a registered Commodities ...

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    Eddie Nabors, Instructor (P)

    Eddie Nabors has been an Instructor in the Department of Accounting and Finance in the Collat School of Business at the University of Alabama in Birmingham since August 15, 2011.He teaches Financial Accounting classes, the Professional Development for Accountants class, and Accounting Internship classes. In the Spring semester, he also teaches service learning classes the the Collat School and in the Honors College, where the service portion consists of preparing tax returns for low-income famil...

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    Frank Messina, Professor (P)

    In addition to his responsibilities as Faculty Athletics’ Representative (FAR) for the University of Alabama at Birmingham (UAB), Dr. Messina is the endowed Alumni and Friends Professor of Accounting in the Collat School of Business. He has been on the faculty since 1993.

    Frank received his doctorate in Accounting from Mississippi State University in 1993, a master’s in professional accountancy at MSU in 1990, and a bachelor’s degree in business administration at the University of Wes...

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    James Byrd Jr., Associate Professor (P)

    Jim Byrd is an Assistant Professor of Accounting and Finance in the Collat School of Business. He holds a PhD in Administration - Healthcare from the University of Alabama at Birmingham. Prior to joining UAB, Jim had 30 years of accounting experience including both public and corporate. His scholarly interests include financial accounting, corporate governance, and healthcare finance. Recently my interest has been piqued by using text mining approaches to analyze accounting research to devel...

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    James Worrell, Professor (P)

    James L. 'Jamey' Worrell is a Professor of Accounting at the University of Alabama at Birmingham where he primarily teaches internal auditing, IT auditing, and accounting information systems. Prior to pursuing his doctorate, he was the IT Internal Audit Manager for a F500 financial services firm and worked as an Information Technology Auditor and Information Security Consultant for PricewaterhouseCoopersLLP. He obtained his M.Acc. and Ph.D. at Florida State University, and holds several professi...

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    Jenice Prather-Kinsey, Professor (P)

    Dr. Jenice Prather-Kinsey is Full Professor of Accounting and Finance (ACFN) at the University of Alabama at Birmingham. She earned a Masters in Accounting from the University of Illinois (Urbana-Champaign) and a Ph.D. in Accounting from the University of Alabama (Tuscaloosa). Her areas of specialty in teaching are international accounting, intermediate accounting, and cost/managerial accounting. She has publications in top-tier accounting academic journals, including Accounting Horizons, Acco...

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    Jennifer Edmonds, Associate Professor (P)

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    Jennifer Hamrick, Assistant Professor (P)

    Dr. Jennifer D. Hamrick is an Assistant Professor of Accounting at the University of Alabama at Birmingham where she primarily teaches External Audit and Advanced Accounting. Prior to pursuing her doctorate, she worked as a Corporate Accountant and Business Analyst at Southern Nuclear, and as a Senior Accountant at a local Birmingham public accounting firm. She obtained her MAcc. from Auburn University and Ph.D. from Kennesaw State University, and holds several professional certifications (CPA, ...

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    Jinyi Fu, Associate Professor (P)

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    Marena Messina, Instructor - Visiting and Visiting Instructor (P)

    Marena Molay Messina, CPA, is a Visiting Instructor of Accounting in the Department of Accounting and Finance in the Collat School of Business. She teaches principles and income taxation classes in face-to-face, flipped, and online formats. She is currently earning her Ph.D. in Business Administration with a concentration in Accounting from Kennesaw State University. Before beginning her doctoral studies, Ms. Messina started her career in public accounting for a large, regional accounting firm, ...

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    Maria Athienitis, Instructor (P)

    Maria Athienitis is an Instructor at the Collat School of Business. Maria is certified Chartered Accountant with Bachelor’s degrees in Commerce and Accounting from the University of Witwatersrand, South Africa. In addition Maria has attained a Master’s degree in Accounting from the University of Alabama at Birmingham (UAB). She collectively has seven years auditing and consulting experience at the top international accounting firms, Grant Thornton in South Africa and PricewaterhouseCoopers in Eu...

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    Mark Edmonds, Assistant Professor (P)

    Mark A. Edmonds, Ph.D., CPA, is an assistant professor in the Department of Accounting and Finance at the University of Alabama at Birmingham. He has taught principles and advanced accounting classes in face-to-face, flipped, and online formats. Dr. Edmonds began his career providing assurance services for the internationally recognized accounting firm Ernst & Young. At the conclusion of his professional service, he obtained his Ph.D. from Southern Illinois University Carbondale. He serves as th...

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    Ryan Davis, Assistant Professor (P)

    Ryan Davis, Ph.D. is an Assistant Finance Professor at UAB’s Collat School of Business. He earned his Ph.D. in finance from the University of Mississippi in 2016. Dr. Davis's research interests are in the area of investments and market microstructure where he studies the trading activity of ETFs (exchange-traded funds) and OTC (over-the-counter) securities. Dr. Davis's research has been published in the Journal of Financial Economics, the Journal of Banking and Finance, Financial Management, Fin...

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    Ryan Leece, Associate Professor (P)

    Dr. Leece is an Associate Professor and Program Director for the undergraduate and graduate accounting programs in the Collat School of Business. He earned a Ph.D. in Accounting from Virginia Tech after careers as a software engineer and auditor. Dr. Leece worked in the television sports industry writing software to support telecasts. He also worked in public accounting as a financial statement auditor ultimately becoming a Certified Public Accountant in Kentucky.

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    Samar Ashour, Assistant Professor (P)

    Samar Ashour is an Assistant Professor of Finance at Collat School of Business at the University of Alabama at Birmingham. Her primary research focus is empirical finance. Her research interests include Investments, Empirical Asset Pricing, Behavioral Finance, Banking, Analyst’s forecasts, and International Finance. Dr. Ashour is serving as an Associate Editor of Research in International Business and Finance. Her papers have been published in several academic outlets including Journal of Banki...

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    Sevante Metcalf, Instructor (P)

    Sevante Metcalf is an instructor in the Department of Accounting and Finance at the University of Alabama at Birmingham (UAB). He received a Master of Business Administration, with a concentration in Finance, from the University of Alabama at Birmingham. Mr. Metcalf joined Collat faculty in the Summer of 2012. Since then he has taught a variety of business courses covering topics including Business Foundations, Financial Literacy, Financial Management, and Personal Finance. Prior to joining th...

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    Stephanie Yates, Professor (P)

    Dr. Stephanie Yates earned her B.S. in Marketing, M.B.A. in Accounting and M.A. in International Economics from the University of Cincinnati. She earned her Ph.D. in Finance from Louisiana State University in Baton Rouge. She is also an Accredited Financial Counselor ® , a CERTIFIED FINANCIAL PLANNER ™, and a Registered Financial Consultant ®

    In 2004, Dr. Yates became the first director of the Hickey Financial Technology Center at Siena College in Loudonville, New York. From 2005-200...

  • Non-faculty Academic Position

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    Charles Stone, Credentialed Course Instructor 2019 -

    For nearly two decades, Scott has served in executive roles, primarily as a Chief Financial Officer or Chief Operating Officer. A Certified Public Accountant, Scott has broad and deep experience working with both public and private companies across an array of industries, including technology, healthcare, telecommunications, and manufacturing. He has worked with the Fortune 50 public companies, private equity-backed enterprises, and closely held lower middle market companies.

    At Butl...

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    Jodie Mote, Credentialed Course Instructor 2004 -

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    Konan Michael Assoue, Credentialed Course Instructor 2021 -

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