Professional Bio

Degrees

  • Ph.D., Accounting, Virginia Commonwealth University
  • M.S. Accounting/B.S. Accounting, East Carolina University

Professional Credentials & Memberships

  • C.P.A., North Carolina
  • American Institute of Certified Public Accountants
  • Accounting, Behavior and Organization Section of the AAA
  • American Taxation Association Section of the AAA
  • North Carolina Association of Certified Public Accountants

Academic & Professional Experience

Teaching:
  • Faculty Chair/Associate Professor, School of Management, Regis University
  • Core Faculty/Dissertation Advisor, College of Business, Argosy University
  • Core Faculty/Undergraduate Chair, College of Business, Ellis University
  • Assistant Professor, Accounting, North Carolina Wesleyan College
  • Instructor, East Carolina University
Other:
  • Tax Manager, Standard Commercial Corporation, Wilson, North Carolina
  • Staff Accountant, Arthur Andersen, Raleigh, North Carolina

Research & Scholarship

Publications

  • Achilles, et al. “The Relationship Between Compensation, Motivation, And Earnings Management” Journal of Applied Business Research, Vol. 29 (2), pgs. 579-588. March/April 2013.
  • Byrd, et al. “Engaging Students through Communication and Contact: Outreach Can Positively Impact Your Students and You!” Journal of Online Learning and Teaching, Vol. 7 (1), pgs. 128-133, March 2011.
  • Norman, S., Wier, B. & Wendy Achilles. “Can Ethical Position Contribute to Our Understanding of Fraud Detection,” Journal of Theoretical Accounting Research, Vol. 4 (1), pgs. 135-164, October 2008.
  • Achilles, W., J. Blaskovich, & T. Pitre. “Corporate Governance and Reporting Frequency: Hazards of More Frequent Reporting,” Corporate Ownership and Control, Vol. 5, May 2008.
  • Greenfield, A.C., Achilles, Wendy W. & R. Wayne Counts. "The Effect of Professional Commitment and Ethical Orientation on Tax Preparer's Behavior," Journal of Academy of Business and Economics, Vol. 7 (3) Nov. 2007, pgs. 34-44.
  • Achilles, Wendy W., Greenfield, A. C., & Robert W. Russ. “The Shortage of Accounting Professors,” Tennessee CPA Journal, July 2007, pgs. 27-28.
  • “Tax Benefits for Members of the US Armed Forces,” with A. C. Greenfield Jr. Taxes Magazine, April 2007.
  • “Fraud Recognition: Has Sarbanes-Oxley Made a Difference?” with A. C. Greenfield Jr. and M. W. Rieman. Internal Auditing, Jan/Feb 2007.
  • “Auditor Effectiveness in the United States and the United Kingdom: Comparison and Analysis,” with A. C. Greenfield Jr. and R. W. Russ. Journal of International Business and Economics, October 2006.
  • “Tax Ramifications of the Tobacco Buy-Out,” with D. Schisler. Tennessee CPA Journal 51(3): 24-27.
  • “Transfer Pricing Practices and Regulatory Actions in the U. S. and U. K.: A Cross Country Comparison and Analysis,” with R. H. Tondkar and J. van der Laan Smith, 2005, Advances in International Accounting 18:199-217.
  • “Vacation Homes and Residential Interest Deductions: Conflicting Interpretations Create Confusion (and Planning Opportunities),” with J. O. Everett and W. A. Duncan, 2004, Journal of Legal Tax Research 2: 61-74.

Work in Progress

  • “Does Self-Efficacy Impact Internal Auditor Performance Differently in the Post-Sox Era?” with A. C. Greenfield Jr. and M.W. Rieman.
  • “Does More Frequent Reporting Lead to Short-Termism?” with T. Pitre and J. Blaskov

Proceedings

  • Research Presentation: “Ethical Measurements in Accounting Research: Why the Ethical Position Questionnaire is Better Suited than the Defining Issues Test,” with A. Greenfield Jr. and R. Russ, Southeast DSI Meeting, February 2006. (Received Best Paper Award for the Accounting, Business Ethics, Business Law, Information Privacy and Security Track)
  • Research Presentation: “The Altman Z-score Revisited,” with A. Greenfield Jr. and R. Russ, AAA Annual Meeting (Forum Session), August 2004.
  • Research Presentation: “Auditor Effectiveness in the United States and the United Kingdom: Comparison and Analysis,” with A. Greenfield Jr. and R. Russ, AAA Mid Atlantic Regional Meeting, April 2004.
  • Research Presentation: “Vacation Homes and Residential Interest Deductions: Conflicting Interpretations Create Confusion (and Planning Opportunities),” with J. Everett and W. Duncan, AAA Southeast Regional Meeting, March 2003.
  • Research Presentation: “Transfer Pricing Practices and Regulatory Actions in the United States and United Kingdom: A Cross Country Comparison and Analysis,” with R. Tondkar and J. Vanderlaan, AAA Southeast Regional Meeting, March 2003.

Awards & Recognition

Awards & Honors

  • Chair, Regis University Strategic Planning Taskforce II. Selected by the President of the University to Chair one of 6 University-wide task forces responsible for design and implementation of University strategic plan, 2010.
  • Administrator Award of Excellence. Aurora Public Schools. Awarded for exceptional service to students with special needs and gifted and talented students, 2003.

Grants Awarded

  • ECU College of Business Summer Research Grant - The Impact of Goal Orientation, Ethical Position, and Personality Traits on Internal Auditors Abilities to Recognize Fraud, summer 2006
  • Institute of Internal Auditors Research Grant - Auditor Ethics: An International Cultural Study - February 25, 2006 – October 25, 2006