College of Business and Behavioral Science


Derek Dalton

Assistant Professor

Office: Sirrine 305

 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
Cost Accounting
Accounting Information Systems


Derek Dalton joined the School of Accountancy and Finance 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 worked at RSM McGladrey, primarily working on corporate and partnership tax issues.

 Research Interests

Professor Dalton’s research focuses on behavioral and ethical issues in accounting. In particular, his research tends to focus on the various factors that influence turnover within the public accounting profession. Professor Dalton won the College of Business and Behavioral Science 2014 Emerging Scholar Research Award and the 2014 KPMG Best Paper Award for the Work-Life Balance and Gender Section of the American Accounting Association.

 Research Publications

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

Dalton, D., J. Cohen, N. Harp, and J. J. McMillan. Antecedents and Consequences of Perceived Gender Discrimination in the Audit Profession. Forthcoming at 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.

R.E. Viator, 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.