Shane Dikolli: Associate Dean for Faculty Engagement at Duke University’s Fuqua School of Business

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Shane Dikolli is Associate Dean for Faculty Engagement at Duke University’s Fuqua School of Business.  His primary research interests focus on the performance evaluation of CEOs, spanning both analytical modeling and empirical analysis. Shane is an Editor at Journal of Management Accounting Research and currently also holds Editorial Board member positions at six other Accounting academic journals. He has published his research in Journal of Accounting Research, Journal of Accounting & Economics, The Accounting Review, Contemporary Accounting Research, Review of Accounting Studies, European Accounting Review, and Journal of Management Accounting Research. In 2014 he received a Notable Contribution to the Management Accounting Literature Award from the Management Accounting Section of the American Accounting Association (jointly with Christian Hofmann and Susan Kulp). With co-authors he has also won the Glen McLaughlin Prize for Research in Accounting Ethics and two best paper awards at the Journal of Management Accounting Research. Shane teaches management accounting in the Full-Time and Weekend Executive MBA Programs at the Fuqua School of Business.

At Duke he has won the “Teacher of the Year” Award five times in the Fulltime MBA program - once for Core course teaching and four times for Elective course teaching. He has been named runner-up three times. He has also twice been named “Teacher of the Year” in Duke’s Weekend Executive MBA program, both for Core course teaching. During his time at the University of Texas at Austin, Shane won the Outstanding MBA Core Professor Award, the Trammel/CBA Foundation Teaching Award, the Beta Alpha Psi Favorite Professor in Accounting Award, and was named on the MBA Honor Roll for MBA Teaching five times. Shane received a BBus (Accounting) and a PGradDipBus (Accounting) from Curtin University (Australia) and a Ph.D. in Accounting from the University of Waterloo (Canada); he is also a Certified Practising Accountant (Australia). His complete vita can be accessed at:

What do you do best?

I name out aloud each one of hundreds of students on the first day of class, during class, without the aid of nametags.

What makes you the best?

I’m not the best at anything. What makes my first class day recollection of student names the best skill I have is the application of techniques I learned from a memory course I took when I was nine years old.  The course used many of the memory palace techniques now commonly found in books like “Moonwalking with Einstein” and “A Sheep Falls out of a Tree”. I use photos of the students as the basis for the remembering the names.

What are your aspirations?

To be beneficially present

Biggest Success?

Finding a viable Ph.D. dissertation topic

Most Challenging Moment?

Disastrous teaching ratings the first time I taught MBAs at the University of Texas at Austin

Favorite Motto?

Clear eyes, full hearts, can’t lose

Favorite People?

My wife, kids, family, and friends

Many former students, including Robb Stey, who created roles for me and several of his classmates in “Fuqua Night Lights”:

Kyle Chandler, Toni Collette, Kevin Durant, Justin Trudeau, Taylor Swift, Peter Rush

Favorite Places?

Metropolitan beaches of Perth, Western Australia, at sunrise or sunset.

Stand-up espresso/Campari bars in Venice, Italy.

On the sidelines of an amateur (Australian Rules) Football Club match.

Las Manitas Café, Austin Texas (now closed).

The exhibits at 21C Museum hotel in Durham, North Carolina, accompanied by a cold beverage.

Bondi-Coogee walk, Sydney, Australia.

A classroom.

Favorite Products?

Bulletproof Coffee

Genius Pack luggage

AG Jeans

UGG Ascot slippers

Twitter Moments

Frixion erasable pens

“The Food Lab: Better Home Cooking Through Science” (By J. Kenji Lopez-Alt)

Current Passions?

Being better at research and teaching

OrangeTheory fitness

Watching Australian Rules Football