Ruth Ann McEwen is Associate Dean of Accreditation and Administration and Professor of Accounting for the Sawyer Business School at Suffolk University. She earned her Ph.D. in Industrial Management with a concentration in Accounting from the Georgia Institute of Technology and taught Financial Accounting at the Master's and Doctoral levels for more than 20 years. She is the author or co-author of more than 40 refereed articles and proceedings focusing on the usefulness of accounting information. She has published in such premier journals as The Accounting Review, Decision Sciences, Accounting Horizons, CPA Journal, International Journal of Accounting and the Journal of Business Ethics and is the author of "Earnings Per Share" and co-author of "Asset Retirement Obligations" published by Tax Management, Inc. In 1998, she presented a series of research papers to a joint seminar of the Financial Accounting Standards Board and the Governmental Accounting Standards Board focusing on current financial reporting. From 2005 until 2008, Dean McEwen served as a consultant to the Financial Accounting Standards Board, authorized as a content expert to codify United States Generally Accepted Accounting Principles which comprises authoritative guidance for US corporate financial reporting. She also consults in areas of financial accounting and standards compliance. Dean McEwen has received numerous scholarly, teaching and research awards.