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Adam S. Koch

Associate Professor
Unit: McIntire School of Commerce
Department: McIntire School of Commerce
Office location and address
Rouss & Robertson Halls, Room 370
125 Ruppel Dr
Charlottesville, Virginia 22904
Ph.D., Accounting, The University of Texas at Austin
B.A., Economics, Drew University

Professor Koch has expertise in financial reporting, financial statement analysis, and managerial accounting. His research uses archival market data to study corporate earnings guidance, the valuation of earnings news, and dividend signaling. Professor Koch has taught a variety of graduate, undergraduate, and executive education courses in financial and managerial accounting. He is currently teaching financial accounting in the M.S. in Commerce Program, an undergraduate elective in financial statement analysis, and accounting in the McIntire Business Institute program. He received an All-University Teaching Award from the University of Virginia in 2015.

Professor Koch has presented his work at national conferences sponsored by the American Accounting Association and at many university and conference research workshops. He has published his work in such journals as The Accounting ReviewAccounting HorizonsThe Journal of Finance; and Journal of Corporate Finance. Before joining the McIntire School, Professor Koch was a faculty member at Carnegie Mellon University. Before earning his Ph.D., he worked as a Litigation Consultant for Navigant Consulting.

CONC 100: Accounting
The course covers such critical skills as reading and analyzing annual reports, creating and maintaining a balance sheet, and measuring income and recording transactions via income and cash flow statements.
CONC 400: Business Essentials
Students will learn foundational business knowledge in the key areas of accounting, finance and Excel, management, and marketing. Topics covered include, but are not limited to, building financial statements, competitive positioning, entrepreneurship, and pricing strategy.
COMM 5110: Financial Statement Analysis
Credits: 3
This course is designed to strengthen your ability to correctly interpret financial statements & their accompanying disclosures. Throughout the semester we will discuss the key disclosure rules in the United States, the communication methods available to managers, managers' incentives & ability to exert discretion over reported earnings, & the interplay between a company's corporate strategy and its financial reporting policies and practices. Prerequisite: 4th Year Commerce
GCOM 7030: Financial Accounting
Credits: 2
Financial Accounting incorporates the perspectives of accounting, corporate finance, and economics to help students understand financial statements and the judgments and incentives underlying accounting choices. The course will use an integrated, cross-disciplinary view of financial reporting and will include major accounting topic including assets, liabilities, equity, off-balance-sheet financing, measurement issues, valuation, and the analysis. Restricted to MS in Commerce students.