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Jan L. Williams, Ph.D.

Associate Professor of Accounting
Dean Daniel Costello Service Award
Yale Gordon Chair for Distinguished Teaching
Dean Daniel Costello Service Award

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
  • Bio

    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.

  • Research Interests

    Financial Reporting & Ethics

  • Teaching Interests

    Financial Accounting

  • Recent Publications

    Intellectual Contributions

    Refereed Journal Articles

    Felix, R., Gaynor, G., Pevzner, M. B., & Williams, J. L. (2017). Societal trust and the economic behavior of not-for-profit organizations. Advances in Accounting. 39(December 2017), 21-31.

    Williams, J. L., & Sun, H. (2015). An Examination of Industry Leadership Reputation and Meeting or Beating of Analysts' Expectations. Journal of Accounting and Finance. 15(2), 37-50.

    Korb, P. J., Williams, J. L., & . (2015). To Defer or Not to Defer: Considering Your Spouse in Planning Social Security Benefits. Today's CPA. 42(4), 30-33.

    Korb, P. J., & Williams, J. L. (2014). Simplified Option Versus Regular Method for Home Office Deductions-Greater Deductions Do Not Always Equal Greater Tax Savings. The CPA Journal. 84(12), 36-39.

    Williams, J. L., & Tang, A. (2014). Long-run Stock Returns and Abnormal Accruals of Private Issuers: Are they Different from Public Issuers?. Journal of Accounting & Finance. 14(1), 121-136.

    Non-Refereed Journal Articles

    Williams, J. L. (2016). Relationships Matter. Spectrum Magazine (Publication of the National Association of Black Accountants). Winter. 16-17.

    Contracts, Grants and Sponsored Research

    Williams, Jan L., "Writing to Learn the Discipline" Sponsored by Center for Excellence in Learning and Teaching, The University of Baltimore, $750. (2015).

    Williams, Jan L., "Associations Among Curriculum Specific Characteristics" Sponsored by Merrick School of Business, The University of Baltimore, $3000. (2014).

    Media Contributions

    Accounting at the the University of Baltimore: An experience Like No Other: (2015).

    UB Smart Talks: Introducing Students to Great Accoutning Careers: (2015).

    Research in Progress

    "Improving Ethical Education in the Accounting Program – Revisited" (On-Going)