Young K. Park

Professor of Accounting
All FacultyAccounting & Finance

Contact Information
Phone: 724-458-2005

Young K. Park


  • Ph.D. University of Pittsburgh
  • M.B.A. University of Iowa
  • B.B.A. Korea University

Professional Experience
I was born and raised in South Korea and completed my BBA at Korea University in Seoul. Upon graduation, I worked as an assistant controller and internal auditor for three years before I came to United States for advanced studies. Following completion of my Ph.D. at the University of Pittsburgh, I taught accounting at various universities and colleges. I am also a private investor, a business consultant, and an auditor for small business entities.

Areas of Research
I have diverse research interests in financial accounting, managerial accounting, auditing, and accounting in the not-for-profit arena. Specifically, I have done empirical and experimental research in auditing, corporate governance, disclosure and capital markets, auditor litigation, incentive contracts and performance evaluation, governmental accounting, and accounting and governance for not-for-profit organizations.


  • Principles of Accounting I and II
  • Intermediate Accounting I and II
  • Advanced Accounting
  • Auditing
  • Advanced Auditing

I apply my professional experience and research insights into teaching various accounting courses, thus students learn not only theoretical materials in textbooks but also real-world practices and applications.

What is the most important piece of advice you give students to help them succeed?
Do your best and wait for God’s will. I encourage my students to commit themselves to their course work and to trust God who will lead the way.

Selected Publications

  • “Optimal Incentive Contracts, Common Uncertainty, and Intrinsic Value,” American Journal of Management, Volume 16(2), 2016.

Is there any personal experience you would like to share?
I love singing and praising God. I have been a choir member for Korean church choirs, and I conducted a Korean church choir for six years when I was pursuing my Ph.D. degree. I also love playing golf, tennis, and table tennis. On July 18, 2018, I made an albatross (aka double eagle) on the fourth hole, par five, 446 yards. It was a very short par five hole and my second shot just went into the hole. It was my luckiest shot in my entire golf life! 


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