James Irving


Associate Professor, Accounting; Keiter Faculty Scholar
Year Started at JMU: 2016
Contact Info

  • Ph.D., University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, 2006
  • M.S. in Accounting, University of Virginia, 2001
  • B.S. in Commerce (Accounting), University of Virginia, 1997
Professional Interests
  • Financial Reporting and Disclosure
  • Auditing
  • Creative / Effective Teaching Methods
Personal Interests
  • Spending time with my family
  • Sports
  • Trivia
Professional Background
  • Senior Associate – Assurance, PricewaterhouseCoopers, 1997-2000
Current Courses Taught
  • COB 241: Financial Accounting
  • ACTG 343: Corporate Financial Reporting I
  • ACTG 344: Corporate Financial Reporting II
  • ACTG 693: Financial Statement & Data Analysis
Positions Held
  • Clemson University, Assistant Professor, 2012-2016
  • College of William and Mary, Assistant Professor, 2006-2012
  • University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, Research Assistant and Instructor, 2001-2006
  • University of Virginia, Research Assistant and Instructor, 2000-2001
  • Beta Alpha Psi & Financial Professionals Club Co-Advisor, 2020-present
  • Board Member, Federation of Schools of Accountancy, 2017-2019
  • Editorial Board Member, Issues in Accounting Education, 2011-2013
Awards and Recognitions
  • Dr. Otto C. Brenner Memorial Award, Outstanding Undergraduate Professor, 2021
  • JMU College of Business Best Practitioner Paper Award (2nd place), 2017
  • Alfred N. Page Undergraduate Teaching Award, College of William and Mary, 2011
  • BBA Class of 2009 Faculty Excellence Award, College of William and Mary, 2009
Professional Certifications and Affiliations
  • Certified Public Accountant, State of Virginia
  • American Accounting Association, Member of the Financial Accounting and Reporting section and the Auditing section
Key Publications

Bailey, C., Briggs, J., & Irving, J. (2022 forthcoming). Test-Wiseness and Multiple-Choice Accounting Questions: Implications for Instructors. Issues in Accounting Education. 

Hayes, D., Irving, J., Kerler, W., & Lee, L. (2021 forthcoming). Bluth Company: An Adobe Acrobat Case Motivated by Practitioner Feedback. AIS Educator Journal.

Gabbin, A., Hayes, D., & Irving, J. (2021). Student Cheating Goes High-Tech. Journal of Forensic and Investigative Accounting, 13 (3): 560-578.

Irving, J. & Walker, P. (2021). Managing Noise, Change, and Emerging Risks. Journal of Accountancy, 232 (November): 10-14.

Irving, J. & Walker, P. (2021). Applying Enterprise Risk Management Principles to the U.S. Government. The CPA Journal, 91 (April/May): 13.

Hollingsworth, C. & Irving, J.  (2021). A Review of Disciplinary Orders Issued by the PCAOB: 2005-2017. Current Issues in Auditing, 15 (1): A1-A18.

Hayes, D., Irving, J. & Johnson M. (2020). Christian’s College Fund Store—A Forensic Data Analytics Case Study Using IDEA Software. Journal of Forensic and Investigative Accounting, 12 (3): 506-516.

Gabbin, A., Irving, J. & Shifflett, E. (2020). Accounting Education at a Crossroads. The CPA Journal, 90 (September): 50-54.

Betancourt, L. & Irving, J. (2019). The Challenge of Accounting for Goodwill: Impact of a Possible Return to Amortization. The CPA Journal, 89 (November): 46-51.

Evans, A., Harris, J. & Irving, J. (2016). U.S. Exporters Leaving Tax Dollars on the Table. Journal of Accountancy, 222 (November): 66-70.


  • American Accounting Association Steve Berlin/CITGO Grant, 2013
  • PricewaterhouseCoopers INQuires Grant, 2010
  • Andrew Mellon Foundation Grant for Teaching Innovation, 2008-2009
  • Institute of Internal Auditors Research Foundation Doctoral Dissertation Grant, 2005

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