MPAcc Faculty

The University of Washington Foster School of Business accounting department ranks 11th nationwide and 7th among public universities according to the U.S. News & World Report.

More Than Just an Instructor

Many professors consult with businesses around the world, enabling them to stay current with global issues and trends. Several of the faculty currently involved with the MPAcc – Auditing and Assurance track have had substantial professional accounting and business experience along with excellent teaching credentials, permitting them to share their real-life experiences and bring real-world perspective into the classroom.

  • Take a look at the faculty’s experience and you’ll quickly see that at the University of Washington, you get more than an instructor.
  • The faculty is dedicated to delivering a successful and enriching experience to each student that is applicable and challenging and are available to meet with students outside of class.
  • The MPAcc Program also includes valuable interaction with the business community through guest speakers, joint projects with practicing auditors and their clients, team competitions, and internship opportunities.

Auditing & Assurance Faculty

admin-ajax.phpZoe-Vonna Palmrose, PhD, University of Washington
Zoe-Vonna is the Director of the MPAcc – Auditing and Assurance Program, Hanson Professor in Business Administration, and teaches financial statement analysis and current issues in the practice and regulation of auditing. Zoe-Vonna has published and spoken extensively on a variety of issues related to the quality of financial reporting and auditing. From 2006-2008, she served at the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission as Deputy Chief Accountant for Professional Practice in the Office of the Chief Accountant. In 2008, Treasury and Risk Magazine named her one of the 100 most influential people in finance. Among other honors and awards, she was the 2008 American Accounting Association Presidential Scholar. Zoe-Vonna has been on the faculties at the University of Southern California and the University of California at Berkeley. She is a CPA and worked in public accounting and private industry before obtaining an MBA and PhD from the University of Washington.

dimeo-michaelMichael Dimeo, PhD, Kansas State University
Michael holds a BA degree in English from Wichita State University, an MA in Educational Administration from Wichita State University and a PhD in Education from Kansas State University. His teaching specialties are in business communications and organizational behavior. He received the Distingguished Part Time Teaching Award at the University of Washington Bothell campus in 2013. Michael teaches the communication sections of the MPAcc Auditing program.

Joe Paperman

John McLean, MA Seattle University, JD/MBA University of Washington. John is a lecturer in accounting and management departments at the University of Washington. He has taught in the business law and ethics class in the A&A program since 2006. Prior to that, he managed the acquisition of real property for Sound Transit’s Commuter Rail program for about five years. He has also taught the Business Ethics and Business Law in the Seattle University Albers MBA program. Before his employment at Sound Transit, he practiced law as a commercial litigator, after having been a court clerk for Justice Robert F. Utter on the Washington Supreme Court. While on the Washington Law review, he wrote about the plight of minority shareholders in takeout mergers. In his “early” years, he was a history teacher, both at Seattle University and Matteo Ricci College, and he served in the Jesuits.

Francine Shafer, MBA, Seattle University
Francine is the Associate Director of the MPAcc program. She holds a BA degree from Washington State University, and an MBA from Seattle University. She has been an academic counselor, and admissions coordinator for the Foster School undergraduate and MBA programs. Her volunteer work includes serving on the governance board for Group Health Cooperative, work at Seattle Childrens Medical Center and has been a troop leader and regional registrar for the Girl Scouts of America. Other activities include knitting, reading, and supporting Husky rowing and women’s softball. She has been a teaching assistant and lecturer for the beginning financial and managerial accounting classes and is the Accounting 575 internship course coordinator for the MPAcc Auditing program.

Bob Weede