Ira Solomon was approached about taking on the role of dean of the Freeman School five years after Hurricane Katrina hit, and he was intrigued by the opportunity to help the school reclaim its future.
During his time at Freeman, the School has strategically added tenure track faculty, innovated educational programming by improving existing programs and starting new ones, deepened connections with the school’s alumni network, and grown the number of students – especially at the undergraduate level. He is proud of his team of faculty, who have pushed their research forward, carving a growing presence for Freeman on the pages of leading scholarly journals.
Dean Solomon brings rich professional expertise to his role, including almost 29 years of teaching accounting at the University of Illinois. Though Dean Solomon’s leadership responsibilities to the program demand most of his time, he remains active in his research on external auditing and the market for audit services and quality.
He very much appreciates Tulane’s extended community – the graduates, the people who hire Freeman graduates, and friends of Freeman in New Orleans and around the globe.
Distinguished Academic Service
Dean Solomon furthers Freeman’s interests through extensive involvement in the academic community. Among other roles, he has been a member of the Board of Directors for the Association for the Advancement of Collegiate Schools of Business and he has served the American Accounting Association (AAA) as an associate editor of the The Accounting Review and Accounting Horizons and on the editorial boards of numerous other journals. He currently serves as a member of the Research Advisory Board for the Center for Audit Quality.
Dean Solomon has been recognized repeatedly by universities and organizations for his contributions to education. To name just a few, he received an Award for Distinguished Achievement in Accounting Education from the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants and he was the recipient of the AAA Outstanding Doctoral Dissertation supervisor award multiple times. He was a Visiting Distinguished Scholar and Lecturer at Macquarie University in Sydney, Australia and he served as Visiting Distinguished Scholar and Ratcliffe Lecturer at the University of New South Wales.
Throughout his career, Dean Solomon has published more than 35 scholarly articles, monographs and books, many of which have been recognized for their innovation and impact by organizations such as the American Accounting Association (AAA) and the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants.
- Doogar, R., P. Sivadasan, and Ira Solomon, “Audit Fee Residuals: Costs or Rents, Review of Accounting Studies, March 2015, pp. 14-28.
- Peecher, M. E. and I. Solomon, “PCAOB’s Audit Failure Rate is Highly Suspect,” CFO Magazine, February 27, 2014.
- Peecher, M.E. I. Solomon, and K.T. Trotman, “An Accountability Framework for Financial Statement Auditors and Related research Questions,” Accounting, Organizations & Society, Vol. 38, December 2013, pp. 596-620.
- Budescu, D., Peecher, M.E. and Ira Solomon, “The Joint Influence of the Extent and Nature of Audit Evidence, Materiality Thresholds, and Misstatement Type on Achieved Audit Risk,” Auditing: A Journal of Practice & Theory, May 2012, pp. 19-41.
Education & Affiliations
- University of Texas at Austin, Ph.D. in Accounting
- University of Texas at Austin, M.P.A. in Accounting
- University of Texas at Austin, B.B.A. in Accounting
- American Accounting Association
- Auditing Section - American Accounting Association
- Accounting Program Leaders Group- American Accounting Association
- European Accounting Association
Spending time with his three children and grandchildren
Reading, most recently a series of books by Lee Kuan Yew to further his understanding of the history and development (social and economic) of Singapore. Dean Solomon also enjoys reading about history and biographies of influential figures.
Attend sporting events, especially baseball, basketball and football games. Exploring New Orleans and traveling and meeting members of the Tulane and Freeman extended communities.