Associate Professor

Department Name 
Accounting

Office Location 
Sweigart Hall 329
Mailing Address 
2083 Lawrenceville Road, Lawrenceville, NJ 08648

Dr. McDowell joined the Rider community in 2005, and comes to Rider with extensive experience in public accounting. She teaches the introductory financial accounting and managerial accounting courses. Her research interests are in the relevance of accounting information and decision making, in tax policy and in taxpayer behavior.

McDowell is a recipient of the KPMG Doctoral Scholarship, and researches primarily in the areas of the effects of tax policy on decision making. Her work has appeared in publications including Accounting Horizons, Journal of Finance and Accountancy, the American Journal of Business Education and Research in Accounting Regulation. She is a frequent participant at meetings of the American Accounting Association, of which she is a member. She is also a member of the American Institute of CPAs, New Jersey Society of CPAs, Institute of Internal Auditors, Institute of Management Accountants, and the Association for Research on Nonprofit Organizations and Voluntary Action.

Research Interests

Relevance of Accounting Information and Decision Making; Tax Policy and Taxpayer Behavior; Accounting Pedagogy

Background Information

  • Doctor of Philosophy, 2006, Case Western Reserve University
  • Master of Accountancy, 1999, Case Western Reserve University
  • Bachelor of Arts, 1983, Baldwin-Wallace College, Business Administration

Refereed Articles

  • McDowell, E., Li, W., & Smith, P. (2013). An Experimental Examination of U.S. Individual Donors' Information Needs and Use. Financial Accountability & Management.
  • McDowell, E., Li, W., & Hu, M. (2012). Effects of Financial Efficiency and Choice to Restrict Contributions on Individual Donations. Accounting Horizons.
  • Li, W. & McDowell, E. A. (2011). Investor Affect, Investor Status and the Influence of Analyst Reports. Journal of Finance and Accountancy.
  • McDowell, E. (2010). Using Open Educational Resources to Help Students Understand The Sub-Prime Lending Crisis. American Journal of Business Education, 3 (11), 85-91.
  • McDowell, E. & Sanchez, M. (2010). How to Increase Diversity in the Profession. CPA Journal, The (NY State Soc. of CPAs), 12-13.

Refereed Proceedings

Full Paper

  • McDowell, E. (2011). Modifying the Balance Scorecard to Meet Expectations of Donors, Recipients, and Management. American Accounting Association Annual Meeting Poster Session.
  • McDowell, E., Li, W., & Smith, P. C. (2010). Investigating individual donor information search: The relevance of nonprofit efficiency and nonfinancial information. American Accounting Association Annual Meeting.

Presentation of Refereed Papers

International

  • McDowell, E. (2013). Self-Efficacy as a Determinant of Help-Seeking Behavior in Accounting Education. American Accounting Association Diversity Section Conference, Atlanta, Georgia.

National

  • Harris-Ransom, L. & McDowell, E. (2014, August). Accounting in the Cloud: Legal Issues Involved in Cloud Service Agreements for Accountants. Academy of Legal Studies in Business, Seattle, Washington.
  • McDowell, E. & Johnson, R. B. (2011, August). The Anatomy of a Misrepresentation: The Systemic Under-funding of the State of New Jersey Pension Plans 2001-2007. American Accounting Association Annual Meeting Poster Session, Denver, Colorado.
  • McDowell, E. (2011, August). Modifying the Balance Scorecard to Meet Expectations of Donors, Recipients, and Management. American Accounting Association Annual Meeting Poster Session, Denver, Colorado.
  • McDowell, E., Li, W., & Smith, P. C. (2010). Investigating Individual Donor Information Search - The Relevance of Nonprofit Efficiency and Nonfinancial Information. ARNOVA - Assoc. for Research on Non-Profit Orgs. and Voluntary Action, Washington, District of Columbia.
  • McDowell, E. (2010). Using Open Courseware in the Accounting Classroom. American Accounting Association Annual Meeting Poster Session, San Francisco, California.
  • McDowell, E., Li, W., & Smith, P. C. (2010, August). Investigating individual donor information search: The relevance of nonprofit efficiency and nonfinancial information. American Accounting Association Annual Meeting, San Francisco, California.

Regional

  • O'Reilly-Allen, M., Sanchez, M. H., & McDowell, E. A. (2011). Panel: Increasing Diversity in the Profession. American Accounting Association Mid-Atlantic Regional Meeting, Baltimore, Maryland.

Awards/Honors

Awards

  • 2014: Spring Research Leave. Rider University.
  • 2014: Summer Research Fellowship. Rider University.
  • 2010: Rider University. Summer Research Fellowship
  • 2009: Rider University. Summer Research Fellowship
  • 2008: Rider University. Summer Research Fellowship
  • 2007: Rider University. Summer Research Fellowship
  • 2006: Rider University. Faculty Development Grant: A Longitudinal Study of the Mobility of Working Families using the Earned Income Tax Credit
  • 2006: Rider University. Summer Research Fellowship
  • 2006: Rider University. Advisor Appreciation Award
  • 2004: American Tax Association. Travel Grant
  • 1998: Weatherhead School of Business, Case Western Reserve University. Graduate Scholarship
  • 1997: Weatherhead School of Business, Case Western Reserve University. Graduate Scholarship
  • 1983: American Institute of Certified Public Accountants. Undergraduate Scholarship
  • 1983: National Association of Black Accountants. Undergraduate Scholarship

Honors

  • 2010: Selected The Individual at Rider Who Has Influenced Him/Her the Most by 7 outstanding Andrew J. Rider Scholars Rider University.
  • 2009: Selected The Individual at Rider Who Has Influenced Him/Her the Most by 7 outstanding Andrew J. Rider Scholars Rider University.
  • 2008: Selected The Individual at Rider Who Has Influenced Him/Her the Most by 7 outstanding Andrew J. Rider Scholars Rider University.
  • 2006: Selected The Individual at Rider Who Has Influenced Him/Her the Most by 7 outstanding Andrew J. Rider Scholars Rider University
  • 1998: Accepted as a participant in the Project KPMG Ph.D. Project.
  • 1997: Kaufman Scholar Kaufman Foundation.
  • 1994: Certificate of Appreciation City of Cleveland, Woodland Recreation Center.