Richard H. Willis

Richard H. Willis

Associate Provost for Research and Innovation
Anne Marie and Thomas B. Walker, Jr., Professor of Accounting
Senior Associate Dean for the Faculty

Research Interests/Areas of Expertise

Accounting, earnings forecasts, stock recommendations, security analysts

Subject Areas




Highly regarded by his students, Richard Willis has extensive experience in accounting and financial reporting and a distinguished body of scholarly research.

Awards & Accomplishments

He has been frequently recognized for excellence in teaching, both in the United States and abroad, including the Daimler-Chrysler Award from the Fuqua School of Business and the James A. Webb, Jr. Award for MBA Teaching from The Owen School.


In addition to serving as the Associate Dean for the Faculty at Owen, Willis serves on the editorial boards of Contemporary Accounting Research, the Review of Accounting Studies, and The Accounting Review.


Richard has been published in several leading journals, including The Accounting Review, Journal of Financial and Quantitative Analysis, The Accounting Review, Journal of Financial Economics, and Journal of Accounting Research.


Professor Willis teaches within the MBA and Executive MBA programs. His courses include Financial Statement Analysis, Managerial Accounting, and Financial Reporting.

Research Interests

Professor Willis’ research focuses on Security analysts, firm disclosure; shareholder litigation.


Ph.D., University of Chicago, 1998

MBA, Duke University, 1992

M.A.S., Applied Statistics, The Ohio State University, 1984

B.S., Mathematics, University of South Alabama, 1983