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Richard H. Willis

Anne Marie and Thomas B. Walker, Jr.
Professor of Accounting and
Associate Dean for the Faculty

Subject Area(s): Accounting and Taxation


Richard Willis has extensive experience in accounting and financial reporting and a distinguished body of scholarly research in premier accounting and finance journals. Before joining Owen, Willis was associate professor of accounting at the Freeman School of Business at Tulane University, and has also held teaching positions at the Fuqua School of Business at Duke University and the Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern University. He has been frequently recognized for excellence in teaching, both in the United States and abroad, including the Daimler-Chrysler Award from the Fuqua School of Business and the James A. Webb, Jr. Award for MBA Teaching from The Owen School.

Prior to his academic career, Willis worked for Coopers & Lybrand, LLP and was a marketing research analyst for both Warner-Lambert Company (later acquired by Johnson & Johnson) and E. & J. Gallo Winery. Willis serves on the editorial boards of Contemporary Accounting Research (where he is also an Ad Hoc Editor), the Review of Accounting Studies, and The Accounting Review.


B.S., Mathematics, University of South Alabama, 1983
M.A.S., Applied Statistics, The Ohio State University, 1984
M.B.A., Duke University, 1992
Ph.D., University of Chicago, 1998

Research Interest(s):
Security analysts, firm disclosure; shareholder litigation

Area(s) of Expertise:
Accounting, earnings forecasts, stock recommendations, security analysts


Voice: 615-343-1050
Fax: 615-343-7177
Office #: 342
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