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Larry Davis

Professor

  • Education
  • B.S., Accounting, Miami University
    M.B.A., Business Administration, Indiana University
    Ph.D., Accounting, Indiana University
  • Research Interests
  • Regulations and judgment in auditing and accounting.

Larry Davis, PhD, is the chair of the Accounting Department at the University of St. Thomas Opus College of Business. He provides leadership for the continuous improvement of the curriculum, the mentoring and professional development of the faculty and relations with employers such as CPA firms and corporations. He is a CPA, holds a PhD from Indiana University and has taught at St. Thomas, Notre Dame, the University of Minnesota and Boston College.

As an academic, Davis defines his mission as the development of the next generation of accountants. He teaches in the financial accounting and auditing areas and strives to teach his students that accounting is as much the art of judgment as it is the science of financial measurement. His current focus in curriculum development is on technology and data analytics.

Davis’ research focuses on regulations and judgment in auditing and accounting. He has published in journals such as The Accounting Review, Contemporary Accounting Research, Accounting Organizations and Society, and Auditing: A Journal of Practice and Theory.


  • Davis, L. R., & Matson, D. M. (2014). A river runs between them: An instructional case in professional services provided by a CPA firm. Journal of Accounting Education, (32)(4), pp. 49-57
  • Buche, M. W., Davis, L. R., & Vician, C. M. (2012). Does technology acceptance affect e-learning in a non-technology intensive course?. Journal of Information Systems Education, (23)(1), pp. 41-50
  • Davis, L. R., Joyce, B. P., & Roelofs, M. R. (2010). My Money or yours: House money payment effects. Experimental Economics, (13), pp. 189-205
  • Davis, L. R., Soo, B., & Trompeter, G. (2009). Auditor tenure and the ability to meet or beat earnings forecasts. Contemporary Accounting Research, (26)(2), pp. 517-549
  • Buche, M. W., Davis, L. R., & Vician, C. M. (2007). A longitudinal investigation of the effects of computer anxiety on performance in a computing-intensive learning environment. Journal of Information Systems Education, (18)(4), pp. 415-423
  • Davis, L. R., Johnson, D., & Vician, C. M. (2005). Technology mediated learning and prior academic performance. International Journal of Innovation and Learning, (2)(4), pp. 386-401
  • Davis, L. R., Elliott, S., & Joyce, P. (2004). Assurance services: An experimental study. Journal of Economics,
  • Crittenden, V. L., Davis, L. R., Simon, D. T., & Trompeter, G. (2003). Deregulation of professional accounting services in the U.K.: integrating marketing and accounting. Journal of Strategic Marketing, (11), pp. 37-53
  • Vician, C. M., & Davis, L. R. (2003). Investigating computer anxiety and communication apprehension as performance antecedents in a computer-intensive learning environment. Journal of Computer Information Systems, (43)(2), pp. 51-57
  • Davis, L. R., Dwyer, M., & Trompeter, G. (1997). Cross-sectional tests for knowledge differences. Behavioral Research in Accounting,
  • Davis, L. R., Lovata, L., & Philipich, K. (1993). Accounting disclosure practices and the lending decision. Advances in Accounting,
  • Davis, L. R., Ricchiute, D. N., & Trompeter, G. (1993). Audit effort, audit fees, and the provision of non-audit services to audit clients. (68)(1), pp. 135-150
  • Davis, L. R., Lovata, L., & Phlipich, K. (1991). The effect of debt defeasance on the decisions of loan officers. Accounting Horizons,

  • American Accounting Association
  • American Institute of CPAs
  • Auditing: A Journal of Practice and Theory, Reviewer

  • Professor, University of St. Thomas, Saint Paul / Minneapolis (2013 - present)
  • Accounting Department Chair, University of St. Thomas, St Paul (2017 - present)
  • Associate Professor, University of St. Thomas, St. Paul / Minneapolis (2010 - 2013)
  • Associate Professor, Michigan Technological University, Houghton (1999 - 2010)
  • Associate Professor, University of Wisconsin, Oshkosh (1998 - 1999)
  • Associate Professor, Michigan Technological University, Houghton (1993 - 1998)
  • Visiting Assistant Professor, University of Minnesota, Minneapolis (1992 - 1993)
  • Assistant Professor, University of Notre Dame, Notre Dame (1987 - 1992)
  • Associate Instructor, Indiana University, Bloomington (1980 - 1985)
  • Staff Auditor, Wipfli Ullrich & Co, Wausau (1979 - 1980)