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Dr. Jan Williams

Dr. Jan R. Williams

Dr. Jan Williams
Executive-in-Residence (Accounting)


  • Ph.D. – University of Arkansas
  • M.B.A. – Baylor University
  • B.S. – George Peabody College
  • CPA – Tennessee (active license), Arkansas (inactive)



  • Dean and Professor, Stokely Foundation Leadership Chair, Associate Dean, Head of Dept. of Accounting and Information Management, Haslam College of Business, University of Tennessee Knoxville
  • Professor of Accounting and Associate Dean for Graduate Programs, Texas Tech University
  • Assistant/Associate Professor of Accounting, University of Georgia
  • Staff accountant and Educational Consultant, EY



  • Accounting:  The Basis for Business Decisions, McGraw-Hill
  • Financial Accounting, McGraw-Hill
  • GAAP Guide, Volumes I and II, Wolters Kluwer
  • “AACSB International:  An Update and Perspective,” Issues in Accounting Education, American Accounting Association
  • Bi-monthly series of articles in The Tennessee CPA Journal on business and accounting topics of relevance of practicing CPAs in Tennessee



  • Richard S. Claire/Arthur Andersen Award for outstanding faculty vice-president of Beta Alpha Psi chapter, University of Georgia
  • Edwin E. Merriman Outstanding Accounting Professor Award, Texas Tech University
  • Beta Alpha Psi Accountant of the Year in Education, University of Arkansas
  • John B. Ross Outstanding Teacher Award, University of Tennessee
  • Pugh & Co., Accounting Faculty Excellence Award, The University of Tennessee
  • Tennessee Society of CPAs, Outstanding Accounting Educator
  • American Institute of CPAs, Outstanding Accounting Educator
  • Federation of Schools of Accountancy, Joseph A. Silvosa/Faculty Award of Merit
  • Beta Alpha Psi Distinguished Alumnus, Baylor University
  • Beta Alpha Psi Information Professional of the Year in Education, University of Tennessee
  • Tennessee Organization of MBA’s Outstanding First Year Faculty Award
  • Beta Alpha Psi (national) Information Professional of the Year in Education
  • Chancellor’s Medallion, University of Tennessee
  • AACSB International, Distinguished Leadership Award
  • Fernandes Strategic Leadership Award, Academy of Strategic and Entrepreneurial Leadership


Jan R. Williams is Dean and Professor Emeritus of the Haslam College of Business at the University of Tennessee (UT) Knoxville where he held a number of positions from 1977 through 2013.  He received a B.S. degree from George Peabody College, an M.B.A. from Baylor University, and a Ph.D. from the University of Arkansas.  Prior to serving on the faculty at UT, he served on the faculties of the University of Georgia and Texas Tech University.  Currently, he is the co-author of three books and has published over 100 articles, monographs, proceedings, and other publications on issues of corporate financial reporting and accounting and business education.  

Dr. Williams has been involved in a wide range of professional accounting and business organizations.  He served as Vice-President/Education and later as President of the American Accounting Association, National President of Beta Alpha Psi, Vice-President of the Tennessee Society of CPAs, and has been actively involved in several capacities with the American Institute of CPAs.  He is Past Chair of the Board of Directors of the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB) International and continues his involvement with that organization through service on accreditation review teams and other committee assignment.  His recent professional activities include membership on the Pathways Commission and serving as co-chair of one of its implementation task forces.