"I left with an extremely positive impression of the faculty and staff"
Accounting & Information Management - Faculty
Linda Myers joined the Haslam College of Business in the fall of 2016 as a distinguished professor of accounting at the Haslam Chair of Business. Her interest in Haslam was piqued when she presented in the Haslam Distinguished Scholar Speaker Series.
“I left with an extremely positive impression of the faculty and staff, the college leadership team and its vision, the resources available for research and of Knoxville itself,” she says. Having presented a research paper at UT a few years earlier, she was already familiar with faculty in the accounting and information management department and knew of their reputation for top quality work.
Myers’ husband, James, also holds a doctorate in accounting and was likewise impressed when he visited the college.
“When the opportunity for us both to interview for positions at Haslam arose, the decision was an easy one,” James says. He joined the college at the same time as Linda, becoming the Dennis Hendrix Distinguished Professor of Accounting.
The couple sometimes collaborates on research and finds sharing a work environment convenient.
“Since we both graduated with doctorates from the University of Michigan, our training and interests are very similar,” Linda says. “Having an academic spouse also helps when there are tight deadlines and one of us has to work in the evening or over the weekend. And it’s always good to have a reliable lunch buddy as well as someone to bounce research ideas off of.”
Linda currently serves as an editor of “Contemporary Accounting Research, Auditing: A Journal of Practice & Theory,” and “Accounting Horizons.” She is also an associate editor of the “Journal of Accounting, Auditing, and Finance” in addition to her regular duties in the college and as director of Haslam’s doctoral program in accounting.
Her research interests include audit markets, corporate disclosure and financial reporting quality, and she has published in all of the top-tier accounting journals. Linda has received multiple academic awards for her research, which has also been cited in “The Economist” and “The New York Times,” as well as by the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission.
Linda has even been able to sate a love of travel with her research acumen. She has been invited to present her research at more than 20 universities in the U.S., Canada, England, Estonia, France, Hong Kong, Italy, the Netherlands, Scotland, Slovenia and Spain.
Linda and James have two children and love being part of the Knoxville community. “We feel very fortunate that our son Justin made a very successful transition to West High School and that our daughter Payton enjoys being a student here at UT,” she says. Payton is double majoring in sustainability and business and will be working as a research assistant for a professor at Texas Tech University this summer. Scholarly pursuit seems to be a way of life for the whole Myers family, and the Haslam College of Business won the presence of them all by impressing one outstanding achiever.
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