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Jack Wilkerson is professor of accountancy in the Wake Forest University School of Business. He joined Wake Forest's Wayne Calloway School of Business and Accountancy in 1989 as an accounting professor specializing in corporate financial reporting, and he served as dean of the Calloway School from 1997 to 2008. During 2008, Jack was a visiting scholar at the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching, working on the Foundation's Preparing for the Professions research project as well as its Business, Entrepreneurship, and Liberal Learning project. More recently, from 2012 until 2015, he served as senior associate dean, accountancy programs, in the School of Business. His teaching interests currently center on the ethical and professional issues associated with practice in the accounting profession, and he teaches the profession and ethics course sequence in the Wake Forest graduate accounting program. Jack was actively engaged in the work of the Pathways Commission on Accounting Higher Education from 2010 until 2014, and was a member of the AICPA Task Force on the Future of Learning from 2013 until 2014. He currently serves on the (governing) Council of the AICPA. He earned his Ph.D. from the University of Texas at Austin and worked at the University of Georgia and Arthur Andersen prior to joining Wake Forest University. Jack and his wife Sally have been married 42 years and have three daughters and four grandchildren. Jack and Sally are active members of Salem Presbyterian Church (a Winston-Salem congregation of the Presbyterian Church in America). Jack's favorite pastime involves long solitary motorcycle road trips as well as road trips by car with Sally.

Jack's expertise is focused on educational preparation for professional practice and development of professional identity.

  • Ph D, University of Texas at Austin (Accounting) - 1984
  • BS, Bob Jones University (Accounting) - 1974

Research Interests

  • Jack's research interests center on the broad formative elements of educational preparation for work in the professions, classically defined.

Teaching Interests

  • Jack's teaching interests currently center on the ethical and professional issues associated with practice in the accounting profession, and he teaches the profession and ethics course sequence in the Wake Forest graduate accounting program.

  • Canace, T. , &  Wilkerson, J. E. (2014). A practice-based statement of cash flows learning experience: An initial public offering for Contempri Homes? Issues in Accounting Education, 29 (1), 195-216.
  • Wilkerson, J. E. (2010). Accounting Educators as the Accounting Profession's Trustees: Lessons from a Study of Peer Professions. Issues in Accounting Education, 25 (1), 1-13.
  • Wilkerson, J. E. (2010). Accounting Educators as the Accounting Profession's Trustees: Lessons from a Study of Peer Professions. Issues in Accounting Education, 25 (1), 1-13.
  • Wilkerson, J. E. , &  Martin, D. (2006). An Examination of the Impact of Accounting Internships. The Accounting Educators' Journal, XVI, 129-138.
  • Wilkerson, J. E. , &  Taylor, T. (2000). Western Accounting Firms in the Aftermath of the Russian Financial Crisis. The CPA Journal, LXX (7), 34-39.
  • Wilkerson, J. E. ,  Pasewark, W. R. , &  Shockley, R. A. (1995). Legitimacy Claims of the Auditing Profession vis-a-vis the Behavior of Its Members: An Empirical Examination. Critical Perspectives on Accounting, (1995), 77-94.
  • Wilkerson, J. E. (1987). Selecting Experimental and Comparison Samples for Use in Studies of Auditor Reporting Decisions. Journal of Accounting Research, 25 (1), 161-167.

  • 2003 - Horace Kelly Alumni Teaching Award
  • 1989 - Beta Alpha Psi Outstanding Teacher Award, University of Georgia Beta Alpha Psi Chapter
  • 1988 - Beta Alpha Psi Outstanding Teaching Award, University of Georgia Beta Alpha Psi Chapter
  • - Omicron Delta Kappa Award for Contribution to Student Life, Omicron Delta Kappa