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Mark Zimbelman

Mary & Ellis Professor,
School of Accountancy
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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.



  • 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


  • Marriott School Ethics Teaching Award, BYU Marriott School of Business, 2019
  • Mary and Ellis Professorship, Marriott School of Management, 2013
  • Selvoy J. Boyer Fellowship, Marriott School of Management, 2000
  • John and Mary Nichols Fellowship, University of Oklahoma, 1999
  • Conoco Research Fellowship, University of Oklahoma, 1998
  • Arthur Andersen Fellowship, University of Oklahoma, 1998
  • Outstanding Educator, University of Oklahoma, 1997
  • Marriott School of Business Scholarly Excellence Award, Brigham Young University, 2012

Certificates and Licenses

  • Certified Public Accountant — American Institute of Certified Public Accountants — 1985

Professional Citizenship

  • Accounting, Organizations and Society, Editorial Review Board Member, 2012
  • Auditing: A Journal of Practice and Theory, Editorial Review Board Member, 2000
  • The Accounting Review, Editorial Review Board Member, 2009–2017
  • 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