Professor Vairam Arunachalam serves as Director of the School of Accountancy. His research and teaching interests are in the areas of fraud examination, forensic accounting, and information systems. He is a member of the American Accounting Association, Institute of Management Accountants, and Association for Certified Fraud Examiners. He is a winner of several campus-wide teaching awards, including Mizzou's William T. Kemper Fellowship for Teaching Excellence (1999), Excellence in Teaching with Technology Award (2005), and the Governor's Award for Excellence in Teaching (2007). He is also a recipient of the Trulaske College of Business' O'Brien Excellence in Teaching Award (1996), Outstanding Faculty Service Award (2001), and Distinguished Research Fellowship Award (2004).
Professor Arunachalam is a Past President (2000-2001) of the American Accounting Association - Information Systems Section, and served on the Board of Directors of the Institute of Management Accountants (IMA) for 2002-2004. He has also served as a Director in the IMA Research Foundation from 2004-2008, chairing its Academic Research Proposals Review Committee from 2006-2008. He also served as Chair of the IMA Research Foundation from 2010-2012. In 2011-2012, Professor Arunachalam served as an academic member of the Board of the Accounting Program Leaders Group (APLG) and in 2013-2014, he served as a member of the APLG nominations committee. He has also served from 2010-2012 as a member of the Higher Education Advisory Committee of the Association of Certified Fraud Examiners (ACFE). He served as a member of the Missouri Society of CPAs (MSCPA) 2012-2013 stategic planning team and as a founding board member of the Missouri Foundation for Advancing the Accounting Profession (MoFAAP). He is currently serving as a member of the MSCPA Board for 2013-2015. He is also a member of the Accountancy Advisory Board for the University of Illinois. He has recently been appointed as a member of the Board of Regents of the Institute of Certified Management Accountants (ICMA) for 2014-2017.
He is a 2001 Boeing Faculty Fellow and served as MU's campus liaison for the SAP University Alliance from 1998 to 2005. In 2004, he received grants from i2 Inc. and PwC for developing a forensic accounting course that merges fraud examination and information systems. This has since led to regular course offerings in the area for accountancy students at Mizzou, the creation of a student chapter of the ACFE, and the establishment/continuation of some high profile speaker series (e.g., Orin Ethics Symposium; Dawdy Speaker Series) for the benefit of Mizzou students, faculty, alumni, and professionals.
Recently, Professor Arunachalam has taught management accounting to graduate business students and business executives in Vietnam. He has also published several research articles in journals such as Accounting, Organizations and Society; Organizational Behavior and Human Decision Processes; Journal of Information Systems; Behavioral Research in Accounting; and Journal of Applied Social Psychology.
B.Com., Loyola College, 1983; M.Acc., University of Georgia, 1985; Ph.D., University of Illinois, 1991; Certified Management Accountant (CMA); Certified Fraud Examiner (CFE).