Interim Dean, University of Chicago Booth School of Business
Eric J. Gleacher Distinguished Service Professor of Accounting
5807 S. Woodlawn Avenue
Chicago, IL 60637
Douglas J. Skinner is interim Dean of the University of Chicago Booth School of Business and Eric J. Gleacher Distinguished Service Professor of Accounting. He is a leading expert in corporate disclosure practices, corporate financial reporting, and corporate finance, with a focus on payout policy. His research addresses topics such as the causes and capital market effects of managers’ corporate disclosure choices; how the legal and regulatory environment affects managers’ corporate disclosures; managers’ incentives to use their discretion in the financial accounting and reporting process to manage reported accounting earnings; how stock prices respond to earning releases, especially for high growth companies; and the determinants of firms’ payout policies.
In 2010, Skinner was named one of the top business school professors in the world in the Financial Times Global MBA Rankings. His teaching has included courses taught to undergraduate upper-classmen, full-time and part-time MBA students, executive MBA students, executives, consultants, and Ph.D. students. His teaching covers topics that include introductory and intermediate financial accounting, corporate financial reporting and analysis, financial statement analysis, corporate finance, and empirical methods in accounting research.
Skinner joined the Booth faculty in 2005 and was appointed Deputy Dean for Faculty in 2015. He was named interim Dean in August 2016. Prior to his appointment at Chicago, he was KPMG Professor of Accounting at the Ross School of Business, University of Michigan, where he had been on the faculty since 1989.
He holds a bachelor’s degree in Economics with first class honors in Accounting and Finance from Macquarie University in Sydney and a master’s degree and Ph.D. in Applied Economics: Accounting and Finance from the University of Rochester.