James Penner

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James Penner
Chair and Associate Professor of Accountancy
(269) 387-5209
(269) 387-5710
3190 Schneider Hall, Mail Stop 5402
Mailing address: 
Department of Accountancy
Haworth College of Business
Western Michigan University
1903 W Michigan Ave
Kalamazoo MI 49008-5402 USA
  • Ph.D., Virginia Tech
  • M.S., Michigan State University
  • B.A., Michigan State University
Teaching interests: 
  • Financial accounting
Research interests: 
  • Capital market effects of financial reporting
  • Impact of media on capital markets

Dr. Jim Penner is chair of the Department of Accountancy and associate professor of accountancy. He joined the WMU faculty in 2011 and serves as the faculty advisor for the Accounting Club. 

Penner is a CPA in the state of Michigan and was previously employed at the Detroit office of Ernst & Young. 

His primary research focus has been on the capital markets effects of financial reporting as well as the role of private company accounting requirements. In addition, Penner creates case studies for use in the classroom.

His research has appeared in numerous publications including: 

  • Information Systems Research 
  • The CPA Journal 
  • The Journal of Contemporary Business Issues 
  • Journal of Corporate Accounting and Finance