The accounting department recruits top students to major in Accounting and to prepare them for business careers and for continuing graduate education. Our faculty utilize their knowledge and professional experience to help students prepare for the professional world and ensure success in the accounting profession. Our courses will help prepare students to sit for a number of certification exams, including CPA (Certified Public Accountant), CMA (Certified Management Accountant), CIA (Certified Internal Auditor) and CFE (Certified Fraud Examiner). Selected classes are tailored to prepare students for portions of these certification tests.
Meet Our Faculty
Sandra Gates, PhD, CPA
Dr. Gates has over 15 years of experience in accounting. She has held accounting positions in various industries including: Public Accounting, Construction, Healthcare, and Oil and Gas.
Areas of Research: Accounting, Cost Management
Megan Burke, PhD, CPA (VA)
Dr. Burke was a manager in family wealth management, specializing in high net-worth individual tax. She is a licensed CPA and graduated with her Ph.D. from Virginia Tech in 2010.
Areas of Research: Taxation
Virginia Fullwood, MBA, CPA, CGMA
Mrs. Fullwood served as Interim Chair for 2 years and has nearly 30 years of higher education teaching experience. She is a CPA and is a member of several CPA and honor societies, including AAA and BGS.
Areas of Research: Accounting, Earnings Management
Caroline Hayek, DBA, CPA (MD and TX)
Dr. Hayek has over 17 years of international professional and academic experience in the areas of finance, accounting, auditing and business management.
Areas of Research: Accounting, Audit
Gordon Heslop, DBA, LLB (Hons), CMA, CFM, CIA
Dr. Heslop has a doctorate in accounting from Mississippi State University, in addition to a B.Com and M.Com in accounting, an MBA and a law degree. He also holds CMA, CFM and CIA certifications.
Areas of Research: Internal Controls, Fraud, Tax
Shiyou Li, PhD, CPA, CMA
Dr. Li earned his Ph.D. from UT-San Antonio in 2013, and is a Texas CPA. He holds several Master's degrees, and has professional experience as a senior accountant for a large health care system.
Areas of Research: Earnings Management
Robert Rankin, DBA, CMA
Mr. Rankin is a seasoned accounting professional with more than 15 years of management accounting experience in the food industry.
Areas of Research: Managerial Accounting
Cheryl Scott, MBA, CPA
Cheryl Scott's diverse accounting background includes over 15 years of higher education accounting, for-profit and not-for-profit experience, and post-secondary instruction.
Jennifer Smith, JD, MBA, CFA, CPA, CFF
Jennifer is an attorney and CPA with two decades of experience in accounting, finance, and regulatory compliance. She earned her MS in tax accounting from UT-Dallas, and JD and MBA from the UT-Austin.
Areas of Research: Business Law, Forensics
Tim Wilson, PhD, JD, CFE
Dr. Wilson earned his Ph.D. in accounting from the Patterson School of Accountancy of the University of Mississippi, in 2006. He is also licensed as an attorney in Mississippi and served as staff attorney to the 11th Circuit Court.