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Virginia Soybel

  • Associate Professor of Practice
Academic Division: Accounting & Law
Ginny Soybel teaches financial accounting and financial statement analysis in the graduate, undergraduate and executive education programs at Babson College. She has participated in multiple curriculum design initiatives there, focused primarily on integrating functional disciplines so that students learn how to combine concepts and tools most effectively to solve complex business problems. Professor Soybel earned her M.B.A. and Ph.D. at Columbia University and her B.A. in American History at Williams College. Before joining the Babson College faculty, she taught at the Amos Tuck School of Business at Dartmouth College.
Professor Soybel's research focuses on the effects of strategic decisions and reporting method and disclosure choices on corporate financial performance and on the history and process of accounting standard-setting. She has co-authored several instructional cases with Profs. Muehlmann and Turner and enjoys developing pedagogical materials. Her publications include articles in Strategic Management Journal, the Journal of Accounting and Public Policy, and the Journal of Corporate Accounting and Finance. She teaches financial reporting and statement analysis at introductory and advanced levels for Fidelity Investments and Putnam Investments.

Academic Degrees

  • Ph D, Columbia University Graduate School of Business
  • MBA, Columbia University Graduate School of Business
  • BA, Williams College

Academic Interest / Expertise

Accounting; Financial Reporting; Environmental, Social and Governance (ESG) Reporting

Awards & Honors

  • 2018 — Mark Chain/Federation of Schools of Accountancy Teaching Innovation Award, AICPA


  • Degree Courses 2023



Journal Articles

  • Bell, J.E., Soybel, V.E., Turner, R.M. (2012). Integrating Sustainability into Corporate DNA. Journal of Corporate Accounting and Finance. Vol: 23, Issue: 3, Page: 71-82. John Wiley & Sons, Inc..


  • Fetters, M.L., Halsey, R.F., Soybel, V.E. (2015). Financial Statements – Construction, Analysis & Forecasts 2nd edition. Issue: 2e, Page: 298. Cambridge Business Publishers.
  • Fetters, M.L., Halsey, R.F., Soybel, V.E. (2014). Financial Statements: Construction, Analysis, and Forecasts. Issue: 1st, Page: 223. Cambridge Business Publishers.

Book Chapters

  • Bell, J.E., Soybel, V.E., Turner, R.M. (2011). Sustainability metrics: Has the time arrived for accountants to embrace SEERS reporting? : The New Entrepreneurial Leader: Developing Leaders Who Shape Social & Economic Opportunity. Berrett-Koehler.


  • Muehlmann, B.W., Soybel, V.E., Turner, R.M. (2018). "'The Accountant' and the Error of His Ways". Vol: 10, Issue: 2, Page: 287-293. Journal of Forensic and Investigative Accounting. link
  • Bell, J.E., Soybel, V.E., Turner, R.M. (2011). Accounting for new Forms of Value: Babson Insight. Vol: September 2011. Babson College.
  • Soybel, V.E. (2009). Analyzing Business Earnings: The Portable MBA in Finance and Accounting. Issue: 4th edition, Page: 39-102. Wiley.


  • ESG Reporting Turner, R. Soybel, V. Muehlmann, B. American Accounting Association, San Francisco, CA (2019)
  • Sustainability at Interface, Inc.: Applying the qualitative characteristics of useful financial information to environmental, social and governance (ESG) factor data Soybel, V. Turner, R. Muehlmann, B. AAA Annual Meeting, Washington, D.C. (2018)
  • "The Accountant" and the Error of His Ways Muehlmann, B. Soybel, V. Turner, R. American Accounting Association (AAA) Annual Meeting, San Diego, CA (2017)
  • Mean Reversion of Return On Equity and its Components Halsey, R. Soybel, V. 2003 American Accounting Association Northeast Regional, Stamford, CT, USA (2003)
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Department & College Wide Services

  • Undergraduate Academic Policy Committee (Fall 2018 - Spring 2019)