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Diane Matson

Associate Professor

  • Education
  • B.A., Accounting, Gustavus Adolphus College 
    M.B.A., Accounting, University of Minnesota - Carlson School of Management 
    Ph.D., Accounting, University of Minnesota - Carlson School of Management
  • Research Interests
  • Issues and concerns facing the accounting profession

Diane Matson’s favorite aspect of teaching is connecting with students. In her role as an associate professor in the Department of Accounting at the University of St. Thomas Opus College of Business, she teaches courses at both the undergraduate and graduate levels, including financial accounting, auditing, and forensic accounting. To make the courses are relevant, Matson discusses how current events connect to topics covered in class. Matson uses a mix of teaching and learning strategies, such as lectures, handouts, videos, cases and guest speakers, to make the courses are interesting and interactive.

Matson’s research focuses on issues and concerns facing the accounting profession. She is writing a case on a new accounting standard affecting revenue recognition. This case will allow students to see how this standard could be applied in an actual business situation. Another project, also a case, focuses on increasing awareness of cybersecurity.

Matson has authored or co-authored papers on auditor judgement, decision making and forensic accounting.


  • Chui, L., & Matson, D. M. (forthcoming). Embezzlement at the grandview community recreation association. Issues in Accounting Education,
  • Matson, D. M. (forthcoming). Independent studies in forensic accounting: Some practical ideas. Journal of Forensic and Investigative Accounting, (8)(2), pp. 218-240
  • Matson, D. M., & Chui, L. (2016). Green tech manufacturing company: Fraud and the independent auditor. Journal of Forensic and Investigative Accounting, (8)(2), pp. 349-358
  • Matson, D. M., Raffield, J. M. (2015). The fraud at high flying corporations: Developing audit interview skills. Journal of Forensic and Investigative Accounting, (7)(2), pp. 263-306
  • 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
  • Matson, D. M., & Yu, W. (2011). Dr. Sterling's disability insurance claim: A case study. Journal of Forensic and Investigative Accounting, (3)(2), pp. 417-439
  • Shapiro, B. P., & Matson, D. M. (2008). Strategies of resistance to internal control regulation. Accounting Organizations and Society, (33), pp. 199-228
  • Matson, D. M., & Coglitore, F. J. (2007). The use of computer-assisted auditing techniques in the auditing course: Further evidence. Journal of Forensic Accounting Research, (8), pp. 201-226
  • Matson, D. M. (2005). Accountability and evidence evaluation in two auditing tasks. Journal of Forensic Accounting Research, pp. 1-22
  • Matson, D. M., & Yu, W. (2013). Case Studies in Forensic Accounting and Fraud Auditing. In D. Larry Crumbley, Wilson A. LaGraize, and Christopher E. Peters (Ed.), Dr. Sterling's disability insurance claim - Case Study 6 (pp. 39-52). Chicago, IL: Wolters Kluwer CCH

  • American Accounting Association Midwest Meeting, 2002
  • Critical Perspectives in Accounting Conference, 2005

  • American Accounting Association
  • Association of Certified Fraud Examiners
  • Institute of Internal Auditors
  • Institute of Management Accountants
  • Minnesota Society of CPAs
  • Twin Cities Chapter of Institute of Internal Auditors
  • Twin Cities Chapter of the Association of Certified Fraud Examiners
  • American Accounting Association, Reviewer
  • Journal of Forensic & Investigative Accounting, Reviewer

  • Associate Professor, University of St. Thomas, St. Paul / Minneapolis (2007 - present)
  • Assistant Professor, University of St. Thomas, St. Paul / Minneapolis (2001 - 2006)
  • Assistant Professor, Metropolitan State University, Minneapolis (1997 - 2001)
  • Teaching Assistant (Doctoral Student), University of Minnesota - Carlson School of Management, Minneapolis (1992 - 1997)
  • Teaching Assistant (Doctoral Student), University of Minnesota - Carlson School of Management, Minneapolis (1987 - 1991)
  • Lecturer, University of Minnesota - Carlson School of Management, Minneapolis (1985 - 1987)
  • Accountant, Peat Marwick Mitchell, Minneapolis (1981 - 1985)
  • Teaching Associate (M.B.A Student), University of Minnesota - School of Management, Minneapolis (1979 - 1981)