Mark Zimbelman

Mark Zimbelman

Mary & Ellis Professor,
Accountancy, School of
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Office: 514 TNRB
Phone: 801-422-1227


Mark F. Zimbelman graduated Magna Cum Laude in December 1984 from BYU’s accounting program. Prior to his career in academia, Mark gained over five years experience working as an auditor in public accounting and one year as a controller in industry. After earning his doctorate from the University of Arizona in 1996, Mark worked for three years at the University of Oklahoma where he was awarded a teaching award and several fellowships. His teaching and research interests are in auditing and the prevention and detection of fraud with a research focus on understanding and improving decision making in accounting and auditing. He has developed a national reputation for his research on auditors’ detection of financial statement fraud, which he has published in the top-tier accounting research journals including The Accounting Review, Journal of Accounting Research, Contemporary Accounting Research and Review of Accounting Studies among others. In 2013, Mark was awarded the BYU Marriott School's Scholarly Excellence Award and received the Mary and Ellis Professorship. Mark has five children and several grandchildren. He competes by racing bicycles for a hobby.

Selected Publications


    • Assistant Professor, University of Oklahoma 1996 - 1999
    • Controller, Philipp & Lion International, Inc 1990 - 1991
    • Staff & Senior Auditor, International Auditing Firms (Salt Lake & Phoenix) 1985 - 1990


  • Mary and Ellis Professorship , Marriott School of Management , 2013
  • Selvoy J. Boyer Fellowship , Marriott School of Management , 2000
  • Fellowship , John and Mary Nichols, 1998 , 1999
  • Fellowship , Arthur Andersen , 1998
  • Fellowship , Conoco Research , 1998
  • Outstanding Educator , University of Oklahoma , 1997
  • Scholarship Award , Marriott School of Management--Brigham Young University

Certificates and Licenses

  • Certified Public Accountant American Institute of Certified Public Accountants 1985

BYU Citizenship

  • Workshop Coordinator Committee/Council Chair August, 2008 - August, 2015

Professional Citizenship

  • The Accounting Review Editorial Review Board Member 2009
  • Current Issues in Auditing Editorial Review Board Member 2006
  • Auditing: A Journal of Practice and Theory Editorial Review Board Member 2000
  • Fraud Magazine: Association of Certified Fraud Examiners Editor, Associate Editor 2006 - August, 2014
  • Contemporary Accounting Research Editorial Review Board Member 2009 - 2010
  • Auditing Section Doctoral Consortium of the American Accounting Association Committee/Council Chair 2007 - 2009
  • Journal of Accounting Research Reviewer, Ad Hoc Reviewer 2006 - 2009
  • The Accounting Review Reviewer, Ad Hoc Reviewer 2002 - 2008
  • Contemporary Accounting Research Reviewer, Ad Hoc Reviewer 2001 - 2008