Faculty & Research

Diane Matson

Associate Professor : Accounting Department

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Diane Matson teaches in the areas of financial accounting, auditing and forensic accounting. She researches in the areas of professional judgment and decision making in auditing, critical perspectives in auditing, and forensic accounting. In teaching, she encourages students to "look beyond the numbers" to see what patterns and relationships may be revealed. In research, she seeks to combine theory, practice and pedagogy to create cases and articles that are useful to practitioners, academicians and students.

She has published in Accounting, Organizations and Society; the Journal of Forensic & Investigative Accounting; and the Journal of Forensic Accounting. She earned her Ph.D. in business administration–accounting from the University of Minnesota, Twin Cities.


Academic Background

B.A., accounting, Gustavus Adolphus College
M.B.A., University of Minnesota
Ph.D., business administration, University of Minnesota

Research Specialties

  • Auditing
  • Financial reporting
  • Fraud detection

Current Research

  • Applying attestation standards to non-traditional accounting services
  • Developing interview skills for the new auditor

Major Works

Significant Scholarly Honors

  • Best Paper Award, American Accounting Association Midwest Meeting, April 2002
  • Deloitte & Touche Doctoral Fellowship

Memberships and Certifications

  • CPA (inactive license)
  • CFE
  • CMA
  • American Accounting Association
  • Institute of Internal Auditors
  • Institute of Management Accountants
  • Associatiion of Certified Fraud Examiners
  • Minnesota Society of CPAs