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

Cobabe is one of six new full-time faculty members at Pamplin this fall. Their addition reflects the college’s commitment to hiring tenured and tenure-track faculty to further strengthen its teaching, research, and business outreach, particularly in the areas of business intelligence and analytics, innovation through entrepreneurship, and international programs.

Cobabe received his Ph.D. in accounting from the University of Oklahoma. He has two bachelor’s degrees, in accounting and in economics, from Brigham Young University.

His research interests include financial reporting, voluntary disclosure, segment reporting quality (the reporting of the operating segments of a company in the disclosures with its financial statements), and the effect of management on accounting disclosure.

His dissertation examines how a firm’s valuation is affected by segment disclosures of peers. His work in progress includes an experimental examination of the perceived value of stock options and a paper on the impact of segment reporting on returns and trading volume around mergers and acquisitions announcements.

Cobabe has taught courses in cost accounting and managerial accounting.

His awards include the Graduate Teaching Assistant of the Year at the University of Oklahoma, the Robberson Conference Presentation Travel Grant, and the Ben Barnett Ph.D. Scholarship.

He has also worked as an accountant in Orem, Utah.