Earl N. Phillips School of Business


Assistant Professor of Accounting
Phone: 336-841-4528
Office: Plato S. Wilson Commerce Building 311
Dr. Premalata Sundaram is an Assistant Professor of Accounting at High Point University. When she arrived at HPU in 2010, she brought with her fourteen years of professional teaching experience at Clemson University, Lander University, and Ohio State University. Dr. Sundaram has taught financial accounting, managerial accounting, intermediate accounting I and II, auditing, financial management, international finance, financial derivatives, and global business courses. In addition to her teaching responsibilities, she has served on the Earl N. Phillips School of Business Assurance of Learning Evaluation Committee and the Curriculum Committee. She also serves on the university undergraduate research committee and is a liaison for promoting undergraduate research in the School of Business. She has mentored several undergraduate students in research work leading to publications in journals.

Dr. Sundaram has made significant contributions to the PSB in three major initiatives. She was the creator and developer of BUA 3100 Global Business, the business school's first study abroad course with field trips to South America and Europe. She led the integration of SAP skills into the accounting curriculum - a skill set that is in high demand in the business world. She was instrumental in securing University Recognition Program certification by the CFA Institute, an international gold standard for investment professionals. She mentors students and is instrumental in securing scholarships for students interested in careers on Wall Street.

Dr. Sundaram earned her undergraduate degree and graduate degrees in accounting from the University of Mumbai, India. She received her M.A. in Applied Economics from Clemson University, as well as her M.A. and Ph.D. in Economics from Ohio State University. She also completed the AACSB Post-Doctoral Bridge to Business Program in Accounting and Finance from the Warrington College of Business Administration at the University of Florida. She has international work experience in the field of financial institutions and consulting.

She is a charter holder of The CFA Institute, holds a Certified Public Accountant (CPA) license from the State of North Carolina, is a Certified Management Accountant (CMA), and is a member of IMA.

Dr. Sundaram’s’ research interests lie in the areas of auditing, taxes on financial trading, and pedagogical innovations in accounting and student learning. Her recent works include:

• Sundaram, P (2017). "An entrepreneurial approach to learning the accounting cycle," presented at and included in Proceedings of the 2017 Interdisciplinary Symposium on Academic Freedom: Entrepreneurship, Leadership & Free Markets. Myrtle Beach, NC.

• Sundaram, P and Roberts, R. (2016). "Check my work! Instantaneous feedback and student performance in an introductory financial accounting course." Academy of Educational Leadership Journal, Vol. 20(3), 80-97.

• Effect of derivatives trading on volatility in the stock market: Evidence from an emerging market (2009), presented at the CFTC, Office of Economic Analysis, Washington, DC and the FDIC, Division of Insurance and Research, Washington, DC.

• Sundaram, P (2004). “Do futures and options trading increase stock market volatility?” ICFAI Journal, Vol. 1, 2004.

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