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About Timothy A. Pearson

Dr. Pearson is professor and director of the School of Accountancy at Georgia Southern University. Previously he served as coordinator of graduate accounting programs and chair of the Department of Accounting and Management Information Systems at West Virginia University. He is a CPA, CFF and received his BS, MAcc, and PhD from the University of Wisconsin at Madison. He is Executive Director Emeritus of the Institute for Fraud Prevention (IFP), an industry supported research center housed at West Virginia University founded by the ACFE and AICPA. His work with the IFP was featured in the cover story of the Jan/Feb 2010 edition of Fraud Magazine. Dr. Pearson has conducted funded research sponsored by PwC, LexisNexis, the National Institute of Justice, the National Library of Medicine and the National Science Foundation.

He is engaged in a variety of research projects. His research includes for example: anti-fraud research and education, examination of the supply and demand components in the market for audit and related services, performance measurement for regulated industries including charitable organizations and financial institutions. He also participates in research on identity management, biometrics, privacy & trust in online environments, internal controls and information security. He has made numerous academic and professional presentations on these subjects. He has published his research in refereed journals including Contemporary Accounting Research, Journal of Accounting and Public Policy, Issues in Accounting Education, Journal of Public Budgeting, Accounting and Finance, Law Enforcement Forum and the CPA Journal.

His experience teaching includes a wide number of subjects in accounting and business however most recently he has taught courses including Personal Branding for First Year Business Students, Auditing, Ecommerce, IT Auditing, Computer Forensic, Fraud Data Analysis, Forensic Accounting and Accounting Information Systems. Pearson is a board member of the Federation of Schools of Accountancy and serves on the Accounting Program Leadership Group’s Strategic Planning Task Force. He recently served as program chair for Forensic and Investigative Accounting’s section meeting for 2013 and is the Acting Editor of the Journal of Forensic Studies in Accounting and Business. He is a peer review volunteer for AACSB accreditation visits. He also is a member of the Association of Certified Fraud Examiner’s Higher Education Committee and the Association of Certified Financial Crime Specialists. He also is on the Financial Executives International Governance, Risk and Compliance Task Force. He has served as president and board member for the WV Tax Institute. He was co-chair of the Deloitte Trueblood Seminars for faculty.


2015 - Present Fellow, Institute for Interdisciplinary STEM Education, Georgia Southern University Institute for Interdisciplinary STEM Education
2012 - Present Professor, Georgia Southern University Business, Parker College of
Present Director and Professor, Georgia Southern University Accountancy, School of

Curriculum Vitae


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Honors and Awards

  • Recipient, Outstanding Teacher, College of Business and Economics (2004)
  • Recipient, Best Manuscript Award, American Academy of Business (2005)
  • Recipient, Dominion Energy Merit Outstanding Teaching Award, College of Business and Economics, WVU (2005)
  • Recipient, EMBA Top Instructor Teaching Recognition (2006)
  • Member, Strategic Planning Task Force Member Group, Accounting Program Leadership Group
  • Member, Trueblood Seminar Committee, American Accounting Association and Deloitte Foundation (2007)
  • Co-Chair, Trueblood Seminars for Faculty, American Accounting Association and Deloitte Foundation (2008)
  • Recipient, Division of Accounting Outstanding Researcher Award, WVU Division of Accounting (2009)


1990 Ph.D. in Accounting and Information Systems, University of Wisconsin
1986 M.B. in Accounting and Information Systems, University of Wisconsin
1979 B.S. in Mathematics/Secondary Education, University of Wisconsin

Contact Information

PO Box 8141
Statesboro, GA 30460
Phone: (912) 478-0103
Office: COBA 2203 A


Refereed Journal Articles (21)

Conference Proceedings (2)

Other (7)