Accomplished scholar and outstanding teacher: David N. Ricchiute '70
“Bryant gave me the professional and educational foundation essential for graduate study, as well as for academic research in an applied science: accounting,” says David N. Ricchiute ’70. His many awards, publications, and consultancies demonstrate Ricchiute’s commitment to the field. Among his most recent awards, Bryant University honored Ricchiute with the 2014 Distinguished Alumnus Award.
The Deloitte Professor of Accountancy since 1995 at the University of Notre Dame, in South Bend, Indiana, Ricchiute discovered his calling when he was an undergraduate. “Bryant awakened me to a professional career that became my life’s work, and exposed me to teachers in the humanities, mathematics, and accounting who struck me as teachers’ teachers the same way we think of a writer’s writer or an actor’s actor. They were as good as anyone I’ve witnessed since.”
Bryant faculty "struck me as teachers’ teachers the same way we think of a writer’s writer or an actor’s actor. They were as good as anyone I’ve witnessed since.”
What did Ricchiute, recipient of Notre Dame’s Mendoza College of Business Outstanding Undergraduate Teacher of the Year Award (thrice) and its Master of Science in Accountancy Outstanding Teacher of the Year (twice), learn from those Bryant professors?
“It was about watching them behave in a way that seemed entirely authentic. Outstanding professors at research universities bring to their teaching the same level of scholarship they bring to their research.” Now exclusively teaching graduate courses, Ricchiute, who earned his doctorate in business administration from the University of Kentucky, taught undergraduate and graduate level accountancy courses for several years.
His research on professional judgment and decision-making has been widely published in the Journal of Accounting Research, The Accounting Review, the Journal of Applied Psychology , and the Journal of Experimental Psychology, among others. He also has provided his expertise to national accountancy organizations, public companies, and public accounting firms.