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Faculty and Staff Profile

Ralph Welton

Professor of Accounting

Office: 300A1A Sirrine Hall
Phone: (864) 656-4881
Fax: (864) 656-4892

 Educational Background

PhD Accounting
Louisiana State University 1982

MS Accounting
Louisiana State University 1978

BA Accounting, Economics, and Business Administration
Anderson University 1976

 Courses Taught

Cost Accounting
Intermediate Financial Accounting I
Advanced Accounting Problems
Financial Accounting Theory and Research


Ralph Welton is a professor of accountancy at Clemson University where he has taught since 1983. Dr. Welton received his B.A. from Anderson University and his M.S. and Ph.D. from Louisiana State University. Dr. Welton teaches currently teaches graduate and undergraduate courses in financial accounting. He has also taught the legal and ethical responsibilities of the accounting profession. He has won the College’s Graduate Teaching Award. His publications have been primarily in the area of professional ethics and legal responsibilities. Twice he has received a Certificate of Merit from the Institute of Management Accountants for outstanding contribution to the management accounting literature. Twice he has been recognized by the Clemson Trustees with the Award for Faculty Excellence. Professor Welton is the Beta Alpha Psi Faculty Advisor for Clemson’s Zeta Rho Chapter, and is an undergraduate student advisor for accounting.

 Research Interests

Dr. Welton's research interests include professional ethics and legal responsibilities, and accounting education.

 Research Publications

Welton, R. E. and Guffey, D. M. (2009). Transitory or persistent? The effects of classroom ethics interventions: a longitudinal study. Accounting Education, an International Journal. 18(3): 273-298.