Ingrid Fisher

Position: Associate Dean
Email: ifisher (at)
Curriculum Vitae


Ingrid Fisher is the current Associate Dean in the University at Albany School of Business and an Associate Professor in the School’s Department of Accounting and Law, where she also earned her Master’s Degree in Accounting. She spent a number of years in public accounting, earning a Certified Public Accounting license, followed by positions in private accounting and in private practice before embarking upon a career in higher education. Ingrid has taught both undergraduate and graduate level accounting and auditing courses for over 30 years at institutions including Siena College, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, Union Graduate College, the University of Maryland’s European Division, and the University at Albany. Ingrid is also a Certified Fraud Examiner and her current teaching is focused on graduate courses in forensic accounting. Ingrid earned her Ph.D. in information science from the University at Albany in 2002, receiving the university’s distinguished dissertation award. She has been recognized for her excellence in teaching, as a two-time recipient of the School of Business’s Harold L. Cannon award for undergraduate teaching, the 2009 recipient of the UAlbany President’s Award for Excellence in Teaching and the 2010 SUNY Chancellor’s Award for Excellence in Teaching. Ingrid has published a number of articles and book chapters on both pedagogical issues in accounting and the intersection of financial accounting and technology. The latter stream of research focuses on the use of computational linguistics to better understand accounting terminology, accounting documents and the creation of tools to facilitate the digital manipulation of accounting information. She has presented her work at numerous conferences sponsored by the American Accounting Association. Ingrid was trained as a Baker in Ludwigshafen, Germany and has lived in Germany (at various points in her life) for 8 years.

Ph.D., University at Albany, 2002
M.S., University at Albany, 1982

Research Interests
Textual analysis in accounting, design science in accounting and financial accounting standards/documents

Teaching interests/expertise
Forensic accounting, accounting information systems and auditing

Recent Publications
Codification vs. US GAAP Hierarchy: A Preliminary Study of the Accounting Lexicon Post-Codification. M.R. Garnsey, S.L. Zelka and I.E. Fisher. 2014. International Journal of Digital Accounting Research. Vol. 14. 118- 139.

The Lexical Footprint of Sustainability Reports. S. Farewell, I.E. Fisher and C. Daily. Presented at the 2014 Mid-Year Meeting of the Information Systems and the Strategic and Emerging Technologies Sections of the AAA in January 2014 in Raleigh, NC.

Improving Information Retrieval from Accounting Documents: A Prototype Digital Thesaurus for Employee Benefits. I. E. Fisher and M. R. Garnsey. Paper presented at the 2010 Mid-Year Meeting of the Information Systems and the Strategic and Emerging Technologies Sections of the AAA in January 2010 in Clearwater, Florida.

Change in Accounting Language: A Preliminary Examination of Accounting Pronouncements. M. R. Garnsey and I. E. Fisher. Paper presented at the 2007 Mid-Year Meeting of the Artificial Intelligence and Emerging Technologies Section of the AAA on January 6, 2007 in Savannah, Georgia.