Kara Obermire

Associate Professor, Shirley E. Droschkey Professor of Accounting

Office: 541-737-0920

Austin Hall

Austin Hall 410

2751 SW Jefferson Way

2751 SW Jefferson Way
Corvallis, OR 97331

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Kara Obermire is an associate professor of accounting at the Oregon State University College of Business.

Prof. Obermire completed a Ph.D. in accounting at the University of Wisconsin’s School of Business in 2016. Prior to her doctoral studies, she was a Senior Associate at Deloitte and primarily worked on public clients in the financial services industry. Professor Obermire was also an adjunct instructor and lecturer at the University of Montana and The Ohio State University. She remains a licensed CPA in the state of Washington.

Prof. Obermire’s research focuses on the monitoring of financial reporting by auditors and audit committees. Her work addresses audit committee effectiveness, audit quality, auditor independence, and geographically distributed audit engagement teams. 



“Audit Committee Research: Where Do We Stand, and Where Do We Go From Here?" with Dana Hermanson and Patrick Hurley. Accepted in Auditing: A Journal of Practice & Theory

“The Impact of Risk and the Potential for Loss on Managers' Demand for Audit Quality” with Patrick Hurley, Brian Mayhew, and Amy Tegeler. 2021. Published in Contemporary Accounting Research. 38 (4), 2795-2823.

“Audit Committee Members' Professional Identities: Evidence from the Field" with Jeff Cohen and Karla Zehms. 2021. Published in Accounting, Organizations and Society. 93 (August), 101242.

“The Effect of Prior Audit Experience on CFO Financial Reporting Aggressiveness" with Eric Condie, Timothy Seidel, and Michael Wilkins. 2021. Published in Auditing: A Journal of Practice & Theory. 40(4): 99-121.

“Toward an Understanding of Audit Team Distribution and Performance Quality” with Denise Hanes Downey and Karla Zehms. 2020. Published in Auditing: A Journal of Practice & Theory. 39 (4), 87-112.

“Realigning Auditors’ Accountability: Experimental Evidence” with Patrick Hurley and Brian Mayhew. 2019. Published in The Accounting Review. 94 (3), 233-250.

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