Director, School of Accountancy and
Professor of Accounting
- Ph.D., University of Wisconsin at Madison
- MAcc, University of Wisconsin at Madison
- BS, University of Wisconsin at Madison
Pearson is professor and director of the School of Accountancy at Georgia Southern University. Previously, he served as coordinator of graduate accounting programs and chair of the Department of Accounting and Management Information Systems at West Virginia University. He is a CPA, CFF and received his BS, MAcc, and PhD from the University of Wisconsin at Madison. He is executive director emeritus of the Institute for Fraud Prevention (IFP), an industry supported research center housed at West Virginia University founded by the ACFE and AICPA. His work with the IFP was featured in the cover story of the Jan/Feb 2010 edition of Fraud Magazine. Pearson has conducted funded research sponsored by PwC, LexisNexis, the National Institute of Justice, the National Library of Medicine and the National Science Foundation.
He is engaged in a variety of research projects. His research includes, for example, anti-fraud research and education, examination of the supply and demand components in the market for audit and related services, performance measurement for regulated industries including charitable organizations and financial institutions. Pearson also participates in research on identity management, biometrics, privacy & trust in online environments, internal controls and information security. He has made numerous academic and professional presentations on these subjects. He has published his research in refereed journals including Contemporary Accounting Research, Journal of Accounting and Public Policy, Issues in Accounting Education, Journal of Public Budgeting, Accounting and Finance, Law Enforcement Forum and the CPA Journal.
His experience teaching includes a wide number of subjects in accounting and business; however, most recently he has taught courses including personal branding for first year business students, auditing, e-commerce, IT auditing, computer forensic, fraud data analysis, forensic accounting and accounting information systems. Pearson is serving as program chair for Forensic and Investigative Accounting’s section meeting for 2020 and is the associate editor of the Journal of Forensic Accounting Research. He is a peer review volunteer for AACSB accreditation visits and has served on nine (9) peer review teams. Pearson previously served on the boards of the Federation of Schools of Accountancy and the Accounting Program Leadership Group and the Financial Executives International Governance, Risk and Compliance Task Force. Pearson has served as president and board member for the WV Tax Institute and as co-chair of the Deloitte Trueblood Seminars for faculty.
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Last updated: 4/27/2020