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Faculty and Staff Profile

Derek Dalton

Associate Professor of Accounting

Office: Sirrine 305
Phone: 864-656-4882

 Educational Background

Ph.D. Accounting
Texas Tech University 2010

M.P.A. Accounting
University of South Dakota 2006

B.A. Accounting
Northwestern College 2004

 Courses Taught

Corporate Taxation
Individual Taxation
Managerial Accounting for Undergrads
Managerial Accounting for MBAs
Cost Accounting


Derek Dalton joined the School of Accountancy at Clemson University in August 2010. He received his Ph.D. in accounting from Texas Tech University (May 2010). He is a Certified Public Accountant (inactive) in the state of Iowa. Prior to doctoral work, he was employed in public accounting, primarily working on corporate and partnership tax issues.

 Research Interests

Professor Dalton’s research focuses on work-life balance and turnover in the accounting profession. For his research on work-life balance issues, he won both the 2014 and 2015 KPMG Best Paper Award for the Gender and Work-Life Balance Section of the American Accounting Association. Within the College of Business, Professor Dalton was greatly honored to receive both the 2014 Emerging Scholar Research Award and the 2018 Senior Scholar Research Excellence Award. He serves as the 2018-2019 President-Elect of the Gender Issues and Work-Life Balance Section. He also serves on the editorial review boards at "Accounting and the Public Interest" and "Auditing: A Journal of Practice & Theory."

 Research Publications

S. Buchheit, D. Dalton, T. Pollard, and S. Stinson. 2019. Crowdsourcing Intelligent Research Participants: A Student versus MTurk Comparison. Behavioral Research in Accounting (Forthcoming).

J. Cohen, D. Dalton, J. McMillan, L. Holder-Webb. 2019. An Analysis of the Glass Ceiling in the Accounting Profession. Journal of Business Ethics (Forthcoming).

Bobek-Schmitt, D., D. Dalton, A. Hageman, and R. Radtke. 2019. An Experiential Investigation of Tax Professionals' Contentious Interactions with Clients. The Journal of the American Taxation Association. (Forthcoming)

Cohen, J., D. Dalton, and N. Harp. 2017. Neutral and presumptive doubt perspectives of professional skepticism and auditor job outcomes. Accounting, Organizations, and Society.

Bobek, D., D. Dalton, B. Daugherty, A. Hageman, and R. Radtke. 2017. An Investigation of Ethical Environments of CPAs: Public Accounting versus Industry. Behavioral Research in Accounting.

Buchheit, S., D. Dalton, N. Harp, and C. Hollingsworth. 2016. A Contemporary Analysis of Accounting Professionals' Work-Life Balance. Accounting Horizons.

Dalton, D., N. Harp, D. Oler, and S. Widener. 2016. Managing the Review Process in Accounting Research: Advice from the Trenches. Issues in Accounting Education.

Dalton, D., A. Davis, and R. Viator. 2015. The Joint Effect of Unfavorable Supervisory Feedback Environments and External Mentoring on Job Attitudes and Job Outcomes in the Public Accounting Profession. Behavioral Research in Accounting.

Dalton, D., S. Buchheit, and J. J. McMillan. 2014. Audit and Tax Career Paths in Public Accounting: An Analysis of Student and Professional Perceptions. Accounting Horizons.

Dalton, D., J. Cohen, N. Harp, and J. J. McMillan. 2014. Antecedents and Consequences of Perceived Gender Discrimination in the Audit Profession. Auditing: A Journal of Practice & Theory.

Dalton, D., S. Buchheit, S. Murray, D. Oler, and M. Zhou. 2013. Enforcement Mechanisms for SEC Reporting Deadlines. Research in Accounting Regulation.

Dalton, D., and R. Radtke. 2013. The Joint Effects of Machiavellianism and Ethical Environment on Whistle-blowing. Journal of Business Ethics.

Bagley, P, D. Dalton, and M. Ortegren. 2013. Targeted Recruiting and Retention. The CPA Journal.

Buchheit, S., D. Dalton, T. Downen, and S. Pippen. 2012. Outcome Feedback, Incentives, and Performance: Evidence from a Relatively Complex Forecasting Task. Behavioral Research in Accounting.

Viator, R. E., D. Dalton, and N. Harp. 2012. How to be a Successful Mentor: Managing Challenges, Avoiding Pitfalls, and Recognizing Benefits. The CPA Journal.

Bagley, P. L., D. Dalton, and M. Ortegren. 2012. The Factors that Affect Accountants’ Decisions to Seek Careers with Big 4 versus Non-Big 4 Accounting Firms. Accounting Horizons.

Dalton, D., and M. Ortegren. 2011. Gender Differences in Ethics Research: The Importance of Controlling for the Social Desirability Response Bias. Journal of Business Ethics.

Viator, R. E., and D. Dalton. 2011. Eight Ways to Expand your Mentoring Network. Journal of Accountancy.