Dr. Burch Kealey
Dr. Burch Kealey
- Business Administration, School of Accounting, Associate Professor
Ph.D. - Oklahoma University (1996) I am an Air Force 'brat'. My dad was an officer with a very unique specialty. On average we moved about one every 14 months. The three years we spent in Puerto Rico were the longest I ever lived in one place as I was growing up. I have lived outside the the Continental US for about 20% of my life. I think the best part of living outside the US was meeting people in their homes and learning about their lives.
Professor Kealey teaches Intermediate Accounting and Principles of Accounting. I see Accounting as a very elegant discipline. Once a student learns the foundation concepts they often begin to appreciate the elegance and logic that allows them to build a more complex understanding of our discipline. I tell my students that without ethical accounting our US economy could not grow and thus they are doing more than just arranging numbers they are facilitating a future for themselves and others in our economy.
My research is primarily focused in the areas of corporate governance and more specifically the role of compensation in aligning the interests of owners with managers. With research you can sometimes fall into a rabbit-hole. Mine happens to be improving processes required to extract data from company filings available through the Security and Exchange Commission's EDGAR system. I see myself more as a problem solver than a dry academic. My work on data extraction has helped numerous other researchers around the world focus more of their time on the research process rather than the data collection.
Professor Kealey serves on the Faculty Senate as well as Departmental and College committees relating to the administration of the mission of the University of Nebraska at Omaha. Dr. Kealey also serves as the University of Nebraska at Omaha's Faculty Senate representative to the Academic Freedom Coalition of Nebraska.