The Freeman College of Management accounting professor chosen by the editorial team at Poets&Quants from more than 500 nominations.
LEWISBURG, Pa. — Bucknell University Freeman College of Management Professor Kate Suslava, accounting, was chosen by the editorial team at Poets&Quants for Undergrads — the leading online publication for undergraduate business education news — as one of its “50 Best Undergraduate Business School Professors.” Suslava was chosen from among more than 500 nominations from students, alumni, colleagues and school deans.
A member of the Bucknell faculty since 2018, Suslava relies on her graduate training in linguistics and accounting and her professional experience as an auditor at EY to examine the verbal patterns of corporate disclosures in her research. She uses machine learning tools to study idioms, such as euphemisms and clichés, to better understand the language of earnings calls, press releases and analyst reports.
A licensed certified public accountant and chartered financial analyst who also worked for the Hearst media company, Suslava enjoys linking theoretical ideas to concrete practice, and often reminds her Bucknell students that the knowledge they gain in her accounting and finance courses can be put to immediate use.
“How I wish we could clone Professor Suslava! As chair of Bucknell’s accounting & financial management department, I had the pleasure of recruiting her as a freshly-minted Ph.D. She has become the model teacher/scholar,” says Cindy Guthrie, interim dean of the Freeman College of Management, in the Poets&Quants profile honoring Suslava. “Teaching an introductory accounting course to non-majors can be a challenge. She engaged students in this course by providing the option of presenting their financial statement analysis projects via TikTok and, thus, simultaneously helped them learn accounting content and professional use of social media.”
Suslava’s research has been cited in The Wall Street Journal, CBS News, Alpha Architect and Chicago Booth Review, and has been published in Management Science, The Journal of Accounting and Public Policy, The Journal of Financial Reporting, the Journal of Investing, the Journal of Financial Data Science, and the Global Finance Journal.
She has received research awards from The European Investment Forum and Global Finance Conference.