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Merrick School of Business

Jan Williams

Jan L. Williams, Ph.D.

Associate Professor of Accounting

Department of Accounting
Office: Business Center 455
Phone: 410.837.6593

  • Ph.D., Morgan State University
  • M.S., University of Baltimore
  • B.S., Hampton University

Dr. Jan L. Williams is an Associate Professor of Accounting at the Merrick School of Business. She holds the distinct honor of earning the first Doctor of Philosophy degree from the Graves School of Business and Management at Morgan State University. Since joining the faculty at University of Baltimore in 2006, she has taught financial accounting courses at both the undergraduate and graduate levels. Dr. Williams' research focuses on accounting ethics and financial reporting improprieties, and she has published articles in academic and practitioner journals. Her service to the academic community includes Secretary of the Diversity Section of the American Accounting Association, and a member of the Academic Advisory Board of Kaplan CPA Review, and the Editorial Review Board of the Academy of Accounting and Financial Studies. In her professional career as a Certified Public Accountant, prior to entering academia, she worked as an auditor for PricewaterhouseCoopers, LLP and an accounting manager for Kirschner Medical Corporation. Dr. Williams has received numerous awards, including an esteemed Henry C. Welcome Fellowship from the Maryland Higher Education Commission and a Hoffberger Ethics in Teaching Award by the Merrick School of Business; and recognition in Who’s Who Among America’s Teachers and Making a Difference: A Selection of Graduate Degree Holders and Their Contributions to the Public Good. Committed to improving the lives of others, she serves as a financial literacy workshop presenter, mentor with Big Brothers Big Sisters of the Greater Chesapeake, and treasurer of Green Dollars Project, Inc.

Intellectual Contributions

Refereed Journal Articles

Korb, P. J., & Williams, J. L. (2012). Missed Elections: The Hidden Consequences and Opportunities. Today's CPA. 40(3), 30-31.

Rao, A., Warsame, M., & Williams, J. L. (2011). Intraday Study of the Market Reaction to Distributed Denial of Service Attacks on Internet Firms. Academy of Accounting and Financial Studies Journal. 15(2), 59-72.

Williams, J. L., & Sun, H. (2011). The Impact of Regulation on Firms' Ability to Habitually Meet or Beat Analysts' Expectations. Research in Accounting Regulation. 23(2), 188-192.

Williams, J. L., & Elson, R. (2010). Improving Ethical Education in the Accounting Program: A Conceptual Course. Academy of Educational Leadership Journal. 14(4), 107-116.

Williams, J. L. (2010). Getting from A to B: A Case Study of HE Delivers Unlimited, Inc. Instructors' Note. Journal of the International Academy of Case Studies. 16(3,4), 117-124, 127-138.

Williams, J. L., & Elson, R. (2010). The Challenges and Opportunities of Incorporating Accounting Ethics into the Accounting Curriculum. Journal of Legal, Ethical and Regulatory Issues. 13(1), 105-115.

Williams, J. L., & Tang, A. (2009). Private Placements of Convertible Securities: Stock Returns, Operating Performance and Abnormal Returns. Accounting and Finance. 49(4), 873-899.

Williams, J. L., Korb, P. J., Sigler, J. N., & Vermeer, T. E. (2009). How Deductions, Credits, and Other Benefits Impact the Actual Marginal Rate. The CPA Journal. 79(6), 44-46.

Conference Proceedings

Williams, J. L., & Elson, R. (2009). Improving Ethical Education in the Accounting Program: A Proposed Course. Allied Academies International Conference Proceedings. 14(1),


Williams, J. L. American Accounting Association Annual Accounting Conference, "Long-Run Stock Returns and Abnormal Accruals of Private Issuers: Are They Different from Public Issuers?," AAA, Anaheim, CA. (2013).

Williams, J. L., & Sun, H. 2011 American Accounting Association Annual Meeting, "Industry Leadership Reputation and Meeting or Beating Analysts' Expectations," American Accounting Association, Denver, CO. (2011).

Williams, J. L., & Sun, H. 2011 American Accounting Association Mid-Atlantic Region Meeting, "The Impact of Industry Leadership on Meeting or Beating Analysts' Expectations," American Accounting Association, Baltimore, MD. (2011).

Williams, J. L., & Sun, H. 2010 American Accounting Association Diversity Section Meeting, "Habitual Meet or Beat Firms: Are They Different From Firms that Sporadically Meet or Beat Analysts' Expectations," American Accounting Association, Atlanta, GA. (2010).

Research in Progress

"The Impact of Female Executives on the Issuance of Earnings Restatements" (On-Going)