L. Tyler Williams

  • Assistant Professor, Accounting
  • Doctor of Philosophy in Accountancy The University of Mississippi
  • Master of Accountancy The University of Mississippi
  • Bachelor of Accountancy The University of Mississippi

Teaching Interests

Professor Williams' teaching interests lie in managerial accounting, public policy, ethics, and auditing.

Research Interests

Upon serving as a doctoral intern at the Public Company Accounting Oversight Board (PCAOB) during his Ph.D. program, Professor Williams developed an interest in auditing regulation and public policy - particularly how promulgation impacts the judgment and decision-making processes of non-professional investors. Professor Williams also conducts research related to the future impact of distributed ledger technology, blockchain, and cryptocurrency on the accounting profession as well as on public policy. His research has been published in Accounting Horizons, Advances in Accounting, Current Issues in Auditing, the Journal of Accounting and Public Policy, and the Journal of Information Systems.

Bio

Professor Williams' accounting career began in the assurance practice of PricewaterhouseCoopers in Dallas, Texas. Thereafter, he transitioned into an officer role in J.P. Morgan’s Private Equity Fund Services group in Dallas, Texas. Prior to seeking a Ph.D., Professor Williams served as the Director of Internal Audit at the Savannah College of Art and Design (SCAD) in Savannah, Georgia. Professor Williams has also served as a doctoral student fellow in the PCAOB's Office of Research in Analysis (ORA) in Washington, DC. Professor Williams is a Certified Public Accountant (CPA) in the State of Texas.

Professional Memberships

  • American Institute of Certified Public Accountants 2016 - Present
  • Publications

    Journal Articles


  • Austin, A. A., Williams, L. T. (2021). Evaluating Company Adoptions of Blockchain Technology: How Do Management and Auditor Communications Affect Nonprofessional Investor Judgments?. Journal of Accounting and Public Policy, (40) 5 106882.
  • Williams, L. T., Wilder, W. M. (2021). The Development of Auditing Standards at the PCAOB and Related Audit Practitioner Input. Accounting Horizons, (35) 2 145-165.
  • Harris, M. K., Williams, L. T. (2020). Audit Quality Indicators: Perspectives from Non-Big Four Audit Firms and Small Company Audit Committees. Advances in Accounting, (50) 100485.
  • Brasel, K., Williams, L. T. (2019). Profiling Membership in the PCAOB’s Standing Advisory Group. Current Issues in Auditing, (13) 1 A30-A41.
  • Harris, M. K., Williams, L. T. (2019). Evidence-Based Policymaking in Auditing Regulation: An Historical Analysis of Academic Research Citation in PCAOB Standard-Setting Practices. Journal of Accounting and Public Policy, (38) 3 238-251.
  • Thibodeau, J. C., Williams, T., Witte, A. L. (2019). Point and Click Data: An Assessment of Editorial Perceptions and Recommendations for the Peer-Review Process in the New Data Frontier. Journal of Information Systems. 33 (1): 129-144.
  • Williams, L. T., Wilder, W. M. (2017). Audit Firm Perspective on Audit Firm Rotation and Enhancing Independence: Evidence from PCAOB Comment Letters. Current Issues in Auditing, (11) 1 A22-A44. (Link)
  • Presentations

  • Williams, T., Nickell, E. B., Eutsler, J. (2021). “More Than Just a Name: The Impact of a Star-Quality Rating System for Audit Partners on Investor Decision-Making.” Presented at the American Accounting Association Accounting Behavior and Organizations (ABO) Research Conference
  • Williams, T., Nickell, E. B., Eutsler, J. (2021). “More Than Just a Name: The Impact of a Star-Quality Rating System for Audit Partners on Investor Decision-Making.” Presented at the American Accounting Association AAA Annual Meeting Virtual
  • Austin, A., Williams, T. (2021). “A Blockchain Halo? Client Adoption of Blockchain Technology and the Biasing Effects on Auditor Judgment” Presented at the American Accounting Association AAA Audit Mid Year Meeting Virtual
  • Austin, A., Williams, T. (2020). “A Blockchain Halo? Client Adoption of Blockchain Technology and the Biasing Effects on Auditor Judgement” Presented at the American Accounting Association AAA ABO Mid Year Meeting Virtual
  • Eutsler, J., Harris, M. K., Williams, T. (2020). “Natural Disasters and the Job Demands–Resources Model: Catastrophic Effects on Professional Service Firms” Presented at the AAA AAA Audit Mid Year Meeting Houston, TX
  • Williams, T., Harris, K. M. (2018). “Audit Committee Financial Experts: Perspectives on Firm Determinants of Audit Quality Indicators” Presented at the American Accounting Association AAA Annual Meeting Washington DC
  • Williams, T., Brasel, K. R. (2018). “Profiling Membership in the PCAOB’s Standing Advisory Group” Presented at the American Accounting Association AAA Public Interest Mid Year Meeting Chicago, IL
  • Witte, A. L., Thibodeau, J. C., Williams, T. (2017). “Point and Click Data: An Assessment of Editorial Perceptions and Recommendations for the Peer-Review Process in the New Data Frontier” Presented at the Bentley University Faculty and Doctoral Student Research Poster Session Waltham, MA
  • Williams, T. (2017). “Reform to the Auditor’s Reporting Model and Consequent Change in Perceptions of the Auditor” Presented at the American Accounting Association AAA Annual Meeting San Diego, California
  • Williams, T. (2017). “Reform to the Auditor’s Reporting Model and Consequent Change in Perceptions of the Auditor” Presented at the American Accounting Association AAA Audit Mid Year Meeting Orlando, Florida
  • Service

    Department Service


  • Mentor (Student) for Bentley University Beta Alpha Psi Boston Marathon 2021 - Present
  • Principal Advisor to Tenure-Track Faculty for CPA Advising Committee 2020 - Present
  • Course Coordinator for Assurance of Learning Committee 2017 - Present
  • Course Coordinator for Cost Management Course 2017 - Present
  • Faculty Representative for Beta Alpha Psi Fall Initiation 2021 - 2021
  • Mentor (Student) for PwC Challenge - Case Competition 2021 - 2021
  • Participant for National Association of Black Accountants 2021 - 2021
  • Mentor (Faculty) for PwC Challenge - Case Competition 2019 - 2019
  • Mentor (Faculty) for PwC Challenge - Case Competition 2018 - 2018
  • Mentor (Faculty) for PwC Challenge - Case Competition 2017 - 2017
  • Mentor (Student) for Bentley University Beta Alpha Psi Boston Marathon 2017 - 2017
  • Mentor (Faculty) for PwC Challenge - Case Competition 2016 - 2016
  • University Service


  • Committee Member for Faculty Affairs Committee 2021 - Present
  • Committee Member for Facility Planning Committee 2020 - Present
  • Task Force Member for GB 112/212 Assessment Committee 2017 - 2017
  • Professional Service


  • Reviewer, Journal Article for Journal of Accounting and Public Policy 2021 - 2022
  • Reviewer, Journal Article for Advances in Accounting 2021 - 2021
  • Reviewer, Journal Article for Issues in Accounting Education 2019 - 2019
  • Reviewer, Journal Article for Advances in Accounting 2019 - 2019
  • Reviewer, Conference Paper for AAA Accounting and the Public Interest Midyear Meeting 2018 - 2018
  • Reviewer, Conference Paper for AAA Annual Meeting 2014 - 2018
  • Reviewer, Conference Paper for AAA Audit Mid-Year Meeting 2013 - 2018