Kimball Chapman

PhD Student
Department: Accounting
Office: 384B Business Building
Phone: 814-863-5462
E-mail: KLC331@PSU.EDU


Kimball joined the PhD program at Penn State in 2011. Prior to his admission into the PhD program, Kimball was employed at Cott Corporation, a private label beverage producer based in Tampa, Florida, where he was the Director of Investor Relations. While at Cott, Kimball was responsible for managing voluntary and mandatory disclosures as well as informal communications between the firm and investors, analysts and other capital market constituents. Kimball also led investor outreach activities during two high-yield bond offerings and one seasoned equity offering collectively worth approximately $750 million. Prior to working at Cott he worked for three years at Chemtura Corporation in Middlebury, CT, where he designed and implemented a managerial accounting information system that provided detailed profit margin analysis across various customer, product and geographical characteristics. Using this system he led a firm-wide margin optimization effort that led to margin improvements of over $10 million. Prior to working at Chemtura, Kimball was employed at Dow Chemical in Midland, MI, were he designed and implemented managerial accounting systems used in improving pricing and margin management across global operations within the firm. Kimball has consulted with higher educational institutions on how to conduct managerial accounting analysis of student-level costs and financial contributions to the institution.  

Kimball and his family reside in State College, PA where they enjoy participating in various outdoor activities.

Current Research

Kimball conducts empirical (archival) research on how accounting information and firm disclosures affect financial markets. Current projects address questions related to how analysts' demands for firm-specific information influence managers' long-term disclosure choices; how investor relations officer tenure influences investor uncertainty; and the role of attention-motivated stock trading in explaining the earnings announcement premium. Kimball is also working on early-stage projects related to how investor characteristics influence managers' disclosure choices and how social norms influence managers' disclosure choices around earnings announcements. 

Kimball's CV is available here:


PhD (expected), Accounting, Penn State University, 2015

MBA, Finance, Marketing, University of Illinois, 2002

Bachelor of Arts, Liberal Studies, Southern Virginia University, 2000

Chartered Financial Analyst, CFA Institute,


BA 511, Teaching Assistant: Intro to Financial Accounting (EMBA core)

Acctg 211, Instructor: Financial and Managerial Accounting for Decision Making

Acctg 211, Teaching Assistant: Financial and Managerial Accounting for Decision Making