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Ann Backof

Associate Professor
Unit: McIntire School of Commerce
Department: McIntire School of Commerce
Office location and address
Rouss & Robertson Halls, Room 344
125 Ruppel Dr
Charlottesville, Virginia 22904
Ph.D., Accounting, The University of Georgia
M.S., Accounting, McIntire School of Commerce, University of Virginia
B.S., Commerce, McIntire School of Commerce, University of Virginia

Professor Backof has expertise in auditing and financial reporting. Her research focuses on how the auditing profession influences the information provided to external users of financial statements. She uses psychology theory to examine auditors’ judgments and decision making under uncertainty and jurors’ evaluation of those judgments when determining auditor negligence and damage awards. Professor Backof has taught financial accounting, auditing and managerial accounting at the undergraduate level.

Professor Backof’s work has been presented at national conferences sponsored by the American Accounting Association, as well as other conference and university research workshops. Before earning her Ph.D., Professor Backof worked as an Auditor for PricewaterhouseCoopers. Professor Backof holds a New York CPA certification.

COMM 3110: Intermediate Accounting I
Credits: 3
Intensive study of the generally accepted accounting principles for asset valuation, income measurement, and financial statement presentation for business organizations, and of the processes through which these principles evolve. Focuses on important areas in financial accounting, including accounting for leases, pensions, and income taxes. Prerequisite: COMM 2020 or instructor permission.
GCOM 7350: Advanced Auditing and Applied Data Analytics
Credits: 3
Intensive study of advanced auditing topics, including how auditors are using data analytics to respond to new challenges facing the profession. Topics will be covered primarily through (a) professional and academic readings and (b) a case-based approach that will allow for a hands-on experience with data analytics tools and techniques. Prerequisite: Auditing.