Michelle Harding has been appointed assistant professor in the Department of Accounting and Information Systems at Virginia Tech’s Pamplin College of Business.

She is one of eight new full-time tenured or tenure-track faculty members at Pamplin this fall. Their addition reflects the college’s commitment to hiring faculty to further strengthen its teaching, research, and business outreach, particularly in the areas of business analytics, innovation through entrepreneurship, and sustainable global prosperity.

Harding received her Ph.D. from the University of Tennessee-Knoxville in May. She earned a master’s degree and a bachelor’s degree from the University of Virginia.

Her dissertation examined the impact of increased tax return reporting on financial statement tax disclosure quality.

Her co-authored papers, presented at various professional meetings, have investigated voluntary disclosures of tax planning and compliance components of auditor tax services, shared leadership and performance in virtual teams, and innovation diffusion of website features and their influence on e-commerce sales and website traffic.

She has taught introductory courses on federal taxation, managerial accounting, and financial accounting.

Among her many grants and awards are the AICPA Doctoral Fellowship, the KPMG Doctoral Fellowship, and the Accounting and Financial Women’s Alliance Ph.D Scholarship.

Harding received the honor of being the student speaker at the University of Tennessee’s graduate hooding ceremony this year.

A certified public accountant, Harding worked as a controller and senior staff accountant in Nashville, Tennessee; and Orlando, Florida. 

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