Tracey Riley, PhD, CPA

Associate Dean, Online Education and Learning Assessment; Associate Professor, Accounting & Business Law

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Dr. Tracey Riley’s main research focus is on judgment and decision making in financial accounting and auditing contexts. Her current research includes the effects of culture priming on bicultural US taxpayer compliance, the effect of auditor identities on audit quality, and a review of CSR disclosure and assurance. She has published in Contemporary Accounting Research, Auditing: A Journal of Practice & Theory, Behavioral Research in Accounting, Issues in Accounting Education, and leading practitioner journals. She has won research grants and awards for her publications. She served on the editorial board of Issues in Accounting Education and is an ad-hoc reviewer for various other journals.

Dr. Riley is currently the Associate Dean for SBS Online Education and Learning Assessment. She also serves on Suffolk University’s Shared Curriculum Assessment Committee and the Faculty Advisory Board for Retention. She has previously served as Accounting Department Chair and Director of Graduate Programs in Accounting, where she successfully guided the department to reaccreditation with AACSB. She has won university-, school-, and student organization-level awards for her extensive service.

Dr. Riley is an award-winning teacher, and teaching is her greatest passion. Her main focus is financial accounting and overseeing the accounting department’s winter internship program, which she launched.

Honors and Recognitions

  • Suffolk University Faculty Award for Outstanding Service, 2020
  • SBS Research Committee Grants, 2011, 2013, 2014, 2018, 2019
  • SBS Dean’s Award for Service, 2019
  • Best Paper Award, AAA Southeast Regional Meeting, 2017
  • Outstanding Service to Beta Alpha Psi, 2017
  • Outstanding Author Contribution, Emerald Literati Network Awards for Excellence, 2015
  • Dean John Brennan Award for Outstanding Service to Graduate Students, 2015
  • SBS Dean’s Award for Teaching, 2014
  • Suffolk University TEALIG Grant, 2013
  • Outstanding Faculty Award from Beta Alpha Psi, 2011
  • Outstanding Service to Delta Sigma Pi, 2008
  • Outstanding Teaching Assistant Award, Isenberg School of Management, University of Massachusetts, Amherst, 2006-2007

Professional Activities

  • Member, MassCPA’s Academic and Career Development Committee, 2023-present
  • Member, Northbridge, MA, Fire Department Auxiliary, 2021-present
  • Member, Northbridge, MA, Fire Department Events Committee, 2022-present
  • Member and Treasurer, Board of Directors, Valley View School, 2012-2017


Recent Intellectual Contributions

Refereed Journal Articles

Fuller, S.H., Riley, T.J., & Stuart, A.C. (April 2023). Antecedents and outcomes of auditor identities: evidence from the behavioral literature and directions for future research. Behavioral Research in Accounting, 1-20.

Renschler, M.E., Riley, T.J., & Stuart, A.C. (2023). From equal to equitable: Developing an inclusive winter internship program. Issues in Accounting Education, 38(1), 163-183.

Stuart, A.C., Fuller, S.H., Heron, N.M., & Riley, T.J. (2022). Defining CSR disclosure quality: A review and synthesis of the accounting literature. Journal of Accounting Literature, 45(1), 1-47.

Stuart, A.C., Riley, T.J., Fuller, S.H., & DeStefano, C. (August 2021). The COVID-19 pandemic has shaped and impacted a new class of accounting graduates in significant and lasting ways. Strategic Finance, 53-57.

Riley, T.J., & Yen, A.C. (2019). Accounting Narratives. In Oxford Encyclopedia of Business and Management. Oxford University Press.

Yen, A., Riley, T., & Liao, P. (2017). Chinese vs. US investors’ reactions to accounting narratives: An experiment. Asian Review of Accounting, 25(4), 526-548.

Riley, T., & Simons, K. (2016). The written communication skills that matter most for accountants. Accounting Education: An International Journal, 25(3), 239-255.

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Courses Taught

ACCT 321: Intermediate Accounting I
ACCT 800: Graduate Financial Accounting I
ACCT 801: Graduate Financial Accounting II
ACCT 551: Accounting Winternship Travel Seminar

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Degrees/Professional Certifications

  • PhD, University of Massachusetts, Amherst
  • MBA, BA, Assumption College
  • Certified Public Accountant