Melissa F. Lewis-Western

Curriculum Vitae

Melissa  Lewis-Western
  • Associate Professor, Accounting Department, University of Utah



  • PhD 2007, Accounting, Indiana University
  • Masters 2006, Accounting, Indiana University
  • Bachelor of Science 2001, Accounting, California State University, Fresno

Honors & Awards

  • Daniels Fund Leadership and Ethics Award - Platinum Award. Daniels Ethics Initiative, 12/2013
  • David Eccles Emerging Scholar (Awarded for research excellence ). DESB, 2010
  • AAA Western Region Best Paper Award (AAA Western Region Best Paper Award for “Assessing Earnings Quality at the IPO: The Role of Reputable Investment Banks” ). American Accounting Association, 2008
  • Favorite Professor (Voted a “Favorite Professor” by the University of Utah Women’s Volleyball Team ). University of Utah Women’s Volleyball, 2008


Dr. Lewis-Western is a David Eccles Emerging Scholar, recipient of the Daniels Fund Leadership and Ethics Award, and currently the faculty advisor for the student ethics club (Student Center for the Public Trust).  She earned her Ph.D. in Business Administration from Indiana University (2007). Her primary research interest is earnings quality, with a particular interest in earnings management. She aims to conduct research that results in legitimate and consequential belief revision about the incentives that underlie managers’ decisions, and the consequences of such decisions. Her research has been published in top academic journals including the Journal of Financial Economics, the Accounting Review, the Journal of Accounting and Economics, and Contemporary Accounting Research. Dr. Lewis-Western brings her expertise into the classroom when teaching financial accounting. Her overarching goal of teaching is long-term student success. She prepares students for success by offering challenging courses that require critical-thinking skills, and aid students in developing learning strategies (rather than memorization strategies) that are useful throughout their careers. She also hopes to instill upon them the importance of integrity in business and in life.

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