Assistant Professor Angela Andrews selected for U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission fellowship

by Kayla Dimick

Angela AndrewsAngela Andrews, assistant professor in the School of Business Administration’s Department of Accounting, recently was selected for a fellowship with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC). The agency selected Andrews as an Academic Accounting Fellow in the Division of Corporation Finance.

The year-long fellowship, which began August 1, takes place in Washington, D.C. During her time there, Andrews will review corporate filings by publicly held companies, such as registration statements and annual reports.

Typically awarding five academic fellowships per year, the SEC has opportunities in three areas. Three fellowships are awarded in the Office of the Chief Accountant, one in the Division of Corporation Finance and one in the Office of Economic Analysis. This year, the SEC awarded only three of the five fellowships.

Professors who are selected for these fellowships not only enhance their teaching skills, but they also learn about the SEC’s oversight and regulatory processes.

Currently, Andrews is working on SEC initiatives dealing with International Financial Reporting Standards (IFRS) and Extensible Business Reporting Language (XBRL), which is a language for the electronic communication of business and financial data.

“So far, I think this is a wonderful experience,” Andrews said. “I am learning so much about how our financial systems are regulated on a daily basis. Every day I am building on the practical knowledge as a former accounting practitioner and current CPA.”

Upon receiving the fellowship, Andrews’s initial reaction was surprise.

“I was also grateful that I would get the opportunity to expand my knowledge and ultimately use that knowledge to become a better resource for my students,” she said.

Andrews graduated from Michigan State University with a Ph.D., earned an MBA from Wayne State University and a bachelor’s degree from University of Michigan. She is also the first Wayne State accounting professor chosen for an SEC fellowship.

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