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 (especially golf, tennis, soccer, basketball, and football)
  • Trivia
Professional Background
  • Senior Associate – Assurance, PricewaterhouseCoopers, 1997-2000
Current Courses Taught
  • COB 241: Principles of 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
Awards and Recognitions
  • 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
  • Board Member, Federation of Schools of Accountancy, 2017-present
  • Editorial Board Member, Issues in Accounting Education, 2011-2013
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
  • Virginia Society of Certified Public Accountants, Member
Key Publications

“U.S. Exporters Leaving Tax Dollars on the Table,” Journal of Accountancy (2016), 222 (5): 66-70, with Allison Evans and Jonathan Harris. 

“Cash Balance Plans for Professional Practices,” Journal of Accountancy (2015), 219 (3): 48-53, with Allison Evans. 

“Auditor Resignations and the Importance of Monitoring Client Acceptance Risk,” Current Issues in Auditing (2012), 6 (1): P7-P11, with Paul Walker. 

“Accounting Choice and the Fair Value Option,” Accounting Horizons (2011), 25 (3): 487-510, with Katherine Guthrie and Jan Sokolowsky. 

“An Ex Post Examination of Auditor Resignations,” Accounting Horizons (2011), 25 (2): 267-283, with Tony Catanach, Susan Perry Williams, and Paul Walker.

“Integrating Research into an Undergraduate Accounting Course,” Issues in Accounting Education (2011), 26 (2): 287-303, Sole authored. 

“The Valuation Differences Between Stock Option and Restricted Stock Grants for US Firms,” Journal of Business Finance & Accounting (2011), 38 (3/4): 395-412, with Wayne Landsman and Brad Lindsey.

  • 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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