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Asher Curtis is the director of the Master of Professional Accounting Program (MPAcc). He is also an associate professor in the accounting group at Foster and holds the Herbert O. Whitten Endowed Professorship in Accounting. His research interests include understanding how investors use accounting information and how financial reporting complexity affects the quality of accounting disclosures. He has presented his work at prestigious academic conferences, to finance industry professionals and the FASB Board. He has taught the undergraduate accounting capstone class for the past five years, winning the “Lex N. Gamble Family Award for Excellence in Case Development & Curriculum Innovation.” He co-teaches “Advanced Financial Statement Analysis” and “Cases in Audit and Assurance” in the autumn quarter and “Data-Driven Research in Accounting” in the spring quarter.


Photo of Francine ShaferFrancine Shafer is the Associate Director of the MPAcc program and has been in the position for 18 years. She holds an MBA from Seattle University. Her past positions at the UW have been 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 Children’s Medical Center and has been a troop leader and regional registrar for the Girl Scouts of America. 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.

Michael Dimeo

Michael Dimeo 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.

Photo of Marilee Byers Marilee Byers is an Internal Audit Senior Director for Microsoft. In this role she is responsible for audit coverage of corporate functions, as well as cross-company audit programs including SOX, privacy, accessibility and anti-corruption. Marilee’s previous role at Microsoft was as the leader of the company’s global SOX program. Marilee started her career as an external auditor at Deloitte in the Seattle office and has also held financial and operational roles in variety of companies and industries, including Pacific Life Insurance, GE Capital, and Nordstrom. She has a particular interest in teaching and helping others grow the careers. She will be teaching “Special Topics: Accounting, Audit and Assurance Regulation” in the autumn quarter.

Photo of Andrew KittoAndrew Kitto joined the Foster School of Business in 2017 after completing his PhD at the University of Florida. He also holds a BS and an MS degree in Accounting from Boston College. Before starting his PhD, Andrew worked for EY in their Boston office, and for Detwiler Fenton & Co., a Boston-based capital markets research firm. Andrew is a CPA in the state of Massachusetts. His research interests include the regulation and industrial organization of the auditing profession, and financial reporting. Outside of accounting, Andrew enjoys traveling, hiking, skiing, and cooking. He will be co-teaching “Cases in Audit and Assurance” in the autumn quarter.

Joe Paperman is a Lecturer in the Accounting department at the Foster School of Business where he has taught for 22 years. He holds a BS in Chemistry from Miami University, MS in Management from Purdue University, and a PhD in Management from Cornell University. His areas of teaching expertise are Government and Not-for-Profit Accounting and Financial Statement Analysis. Previously he was an Assistant Professor at the University of Washington and a visiting Professor at the University of Chicago. Joe has also served as the Assistant Superintendent for Seattle Public Schools and numerous industry positions including CFO of Provigo Corporation. Joe will be co-teaching “Advanced Financial Statement Analysis” in the autumn quarter and “Special Topics: Data Driven Research in Accounting” in the spring quarter.

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John McLean began teaching full-time in 2007. Prior to that, he managed the acquisition of real property for Sound Transit’s Commuter Rail program for about five years. During that time (and before that time), he taught Business Ethics and Business Law in the 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. He will be teaching “Business Ethics and Law for Accountants” in the spring quarter.