Melissa Samuelson

Clinical Assoc Professor
Faculty
TEMPE Campus
Mailcode
3606
Lincoln Center Affiliated Faculty
Faculty
TEMPE Campus
Mailcode
3606
Clinical Assoc Professor
Faculty
TEMPE Campus
Mailcode
3606

Biography

Melissa Samuelson joined the W. P. Carey School of Business as a Clinical Professor of Accountancy in 2014.

Professor Samuelson’s research focuses on incorporating consideration of culture and personal values in professional decision-making and communication, addressing issues of corruption in emerging economies, and balancing social and financial sustainability in small businesses and nongovernmental organizations. She also investigates the social impact of economic development. Her most recent research, published in Advances in Accounting, is titled, “Toward resolving the debate surrounding slippery slope versus licensing behavior: The importance of individual differences in accounting ethical decision making.” 

Before joining W. P. Carey, Samuelson taught international business ethics and ran international programs for business development focusing on women at Thunderbird School of Global Management for five years.  She has also taught as a graduate instructor in political science at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. She received her bachelor’s degree, master’s degree, and PhD in political science from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln with specializations in gender studies and human rights.  She also holds a graduate degree in gender and economic development from the University of Melbourne.

Samuelson has worked internationally in Afghanistan, Algeria, and Nepal, including designing and monitoring programs to train women business owners and entrepreneurs in Jordan. She is currently a visiting professor at the University of Paris II, teaching in the Master of International Business and Commerce Program.

Education

  • Ph.D. University of Nebraska-Lincoln 2013
  • M.A. University of Nebraska-Lincoln 2008
  • Graduate Cert. with Honors University of Melbourne 2003
  • B.A. University of Nebraska-Lincoln 2002

 

                          

 

Research Interests

  • Ethics
  • Behavior and Decision-Making
  • International Corruption
  • International NGOs
  • Social Impacts of Economic Development

Publications

  • Reckers, P., & Samuelson, M. (2016). Toward resolving the debate surrounding slippery slope versus licensing behavior: The importance of individual differences in accounting ethical decision making. Advances in Accounting, 34, 1-16. doi:10.1016/j.adiac.2016.07.003

Courses

Spring 2020
Course Number Course Title
ACC 360 Ethics for Prof Accountants
WPC 394 Special Topics
ACC 493 Honors Thesis
Fall 2019
Course Number Course Title
ACC 360 Ethics for Prof Accountants
ACC 492 Honors Directed Study
Spring 2019
Course Number Course Title
ACC 360 Ethics for Prof Accountants
Fall 2018
Course Number Course Title
ACC 360 Ethics for Prof Accountants
ACC 493 Honors Thesis
Spring 2018
Course Number Course Title
ACC 360 Ethics for Prof Accountants
ACC 493 Honors Thesis
Fall 2017
Course Number Course Title
ACC 360 Ethics for Prof Accountants
ACC 493 Honors Thesis
Summer 2017
Course Number Course Title
ACC 360 Ethics for Prof Accountants
Spring 2017
Course Number Course Title
ACC 360 Ethics for Prof Accountants
Fall 2016
Course Number Course Title
ACC 360 Ethics for Prof Accountants
ACC 493 Honors Thesis
Spring 2016
Course Number Course Title
ACC 360 Ethics for Prof Accountants
ACC 493 Honors Thesis
Fall 2015
Course Number Course Title
ACC 360 Ethics for Prof Accountants

Service

Committees:

  • University Hearing Board, Faculty Representative – Fall 2015 to Current
  • Accountancy Undergraduate Assessment Committee – Fall 2014 to Current
  • Accountancy Undergraduate Curriculum Committee – Fall 2016 to Current

Graduate Faculties / Mentoring History

Honors Thesis: 2016  Director: Manoj Pankkar, Allison McClelland, Rebecca Mayper (Spring), Haiyi Fan (Fall) 2017  Director: Madeline Hagar, Joana Gonzalez, Emilia Zamora (Spring), Mikayla Sanders (Fall) Reader: Diana Gutierrez (Spring) Faculty Mentor: " Obama Scholars Program, AY, 2015-16 Faculty Advisor: " International Business Ethics Case Competition (IBECC) Spring, 2017 - Thunderbird School of Global Management, ASU Team " International Business Ethics Case Competition (IBECC) Spring, 2016 - Thunderbird School of Global Management, ASU Team  Winners of Graduate School Division

Consulting

  • University Linkages Program (US Dept. of State) – Ouargla, Algeria (2011-2014)
  • Women’s Entrepreneurship in Jordan (USAID) – Amman, Jordan (2008-2010) 
  • Goldman Sachs 10,000 Women: Afghanistan (2008-2010)
  • Afghanistan Relief Organization (ARO) – Kabul, Afghanistan – October 2003-May 2004

     

Board

  • Crisis Recovery International – Committee Chair for Project Research and Member of Consulting Board– August 2005-January 2011