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Jillian Alderman, PhD Assistant Professor of Accounting

Jillian Alderman, PhD, CPA, CFE

Assistant Professor of Accounting
Graziadio Business School

Biography

Dr. Jillian Alderman is an Assistant Professor of Accounting at the Graziadio Business School at Pepperdine University. Prior to her academic experience, Jillian worked as an auditor at Deloitte, and is professionally licensed as a CPA (Florida) and Certified Fraud Examiner (CFE). She is a current member of the AICPA, IMA, CalCPA, ACFE, and AAA professional organizations, serves as Associate Editor for the Journal of Forensic Accounting Research, and is on the editorial board of Advances in Accounting and the Journal of Forensic and Investigative Accounting.  

Jillian’s primary research interests involve the study of how individuals’ beliefs, traits, and backgrounds influence their lives, and the resulting impact on organizations and society. Her research is interdisciplinary and applied in focus, exploring a variety of contemporary topics including: forensic accounting, business law, auditing, technology, corporate governance, investor decision-making, ESG reporting, faith and religiosity, and DEI. 

Jillian’s research has been financially supported by awards from the FINRA Investor Education Foundation, the American Institute of CPAs (AICPA), and S&P Global. Her work has been published in journals such as Contemporary Accounting Research, Journal of Information Systems, Accounting Auditing & Accountability Journal, Advances in Accounting, Journal for the Scientific Study of Religion, International Journal of Accounting Information Systems, Journal of Accounting Education, Journal of Accountancy, and Current Issues in Auditing.

In 2021, Jillian received the Howard A. White Award for Teaching Excellence from Pepperdine University. She currently serves as Chair of the Fully-Employed MBA and Online MBA faculty committee, and is a member of the Graziadio Diversity Council.

 

Education

  • PhD in Accounting, University of Central Florida

  • MS in Accounting, University of Central Florida

  • BBA in Accounting, University of Central Florida

Russell, C. A., & Alderman, J. (2022). Religiosity and US adolescents’ well‐being: The moderating role of trait reactance. Journal for the Scientific Study of Religion. 

Alderman, J., Forsyth, J., Griffy-Brown, C., & Walton, R. C. (2022). What Tips the Scale in Favor of Hiring a CEO with a Legal Background? From Giving Counsel to Making Decisions. Journal of Law, Business & Ethics, 28, 1.

Harjoto, M. A., Kownatzki, C., Alderman, J., & Lee, R. (2021). Sustainable Consumption and Production, Climate Change and Firm Performance. The Journal of Impact and ESG Investing, 2(2), 8-34. 

Alderman, J. (2021). Women in the smart machine age: Addressing emerging risks of an increased gender gap in the accounting profession. Journal of Accounting Education, 55, 100715. 

Alderman, J. (2021). Auditor Litigation Risk: A Review of Past Perspectives, Recent Developments, and Emerging Issues. Journal of Forensic and Investigative Accounting, 13(1). 

Alderman, J., & Harjoto, M. (2020). COVID-19: US shelter-in-place orders and demographic characteristics linked to cases, mortality, and recovery rates. Transforming Government: People, Process and Policy.

Alderman, J., Forsyth, J., Griffy-Brown, C., & Walton, R. (2020). Are Narcissistic CEOs a Blessing or a Curse?. Graziadio Business Review, Volume 23 Issue 2, (2).

Alderman, J., & Jollineau, S. J. (2020). Can audit committee expertise increase external auditors' litigation risk? the moderating effect of audit committee independence. Contemporary Accounting Research, 37(2), 717-740.

Alderman, J. (2019). Million dollar gamblers: a case of embezzlement in South Whitehall Township. The CASE Journal.

Alderman, J. (2019). Auditing in the smart machine age. Graziadio Business Review, 22(1), 1-6.

Forsyth, J., Alderman, J., Walton, R. (2017). How Religious Beliefs Influence Financial Decision-Making: Implications for Business Leaders. Graziadio Business Review, 20(3).

Alderman, J. (2017). Does Auditor Gender Influence Auditor Liability? Exploring the Impact of the Crime Congruency Effect on Jurors' Perceptions of Auditor Negligence. Advances in Accounting, 38, 75-87.

Sutton, S., Arnold, V., Bedard, J., Phillips (Alderman), J. (2012). Enhancing and Structuring the MD&A to Aid Investors when Using Interactive Data. Journal of Information Systems, 26(2), 167-188.

Bedard, J., Sutton, S., Arnold, V., Phillips (Alderman), J. (2011). Another Piece of the "Expectations Gap": What Do Investors Know About Auditor Involvement with Information in the Annual Report? Current Issues in Auditing, 6(1).

Arnold, V., Bedard, J., Phillips (Alderman), J., Sutton, S. (2011). Do Section 404 Disclosures Affect Investors' Perceptions of Information Systems Reliability and Stock Price Predictions? International Journal of Accounting Information Systems, 12(4).

Arnold, V., Bedard, J., Phillips (Alderman), J., Sutton, S. (2011). The impact of tagging qualitative financial information on investor decision making: Implications for XBRL. International Journal of Accounting Information Systems, 13(1).

Arnold, V., Bedard, J., Phillips (Alderman), J., Sutton, S. (2010). Where Do Investors Prefer to Find Nonfinancial Information? Journal of Accountancy.

Cho, C., Phillips (Alderman), J., Hageman, A., Patton, D. (2009). Media richness, user trust, and perceptions of corporate social responsibility: An experimental investigation of visual website. Accounting, Auditing & Accountability Journal.

 

Howard A. White Award for Teaching Excellence (2021)

Best Paper Award, Advances in Accounting Conference (2021)

S&P Global Academic ESG Research Award (2021)

Julian Virtue Professorship Award (2017-2018) 

SBA Junior Faculty Research Award, University of San Diego. (September 2012).

Best Paper Award, Pre-ICIS AIS Research Symposium. (December 2010).

Undergraduate Accounting Professor of the Year, University of San Diego. (April 2010).

“How Do Remote Audits Impact Auditor Liability Exposure? Exploring Jurors’ Perceptions of Interview Evidence Collected during the COVID-19 Pandemic”. Advances in Accounting 2021 Research Conference. Albuquerque, NM (2021)

“Mending the Gap between CSR Precedence and the UN SDG Targets: Natural Resources Use, Emissions, and Firm Performance.” American Accounting Association (AAA) 2020 Annual Meeting.(2020)

“Auditor Litigation Risk: A Review of Past Perspectives, Recent Developments, and Emerging Issues.” Pacific Southwest Academy of Legal Studies in Business Conference.(2019)

"An examination of the impact of auditor gender, personal client relationships, and financial conflicts of interest on jurors' perceptions of auditor independence and liability", Advances in Accounting Conference, Oregon State University (May 2017).

"University Candy Factory: An Interactive Simulation of Controls and Attributes Sampling", Management Accounting Section Midyear Meeting. (January 2017).

"Auditor Litigation Exposure: An Investigation of Potential Litigators' Consideration of the Auditor's Report on Internal Controls", Academy of Business Research Conference, San Antonio, Tx. (November 2016).

"Do Audit Report Disclosures Lead to Increased Liability Exposure? An Investigation of Jurors' Consideration of Auditors' Disclosure of Significant Deficiencies in Internal Control", Academy of Business Research Conference, San Antonio, Tx. (November 2016).

"SOX Section 404 and Auditor Litigation Exposure: An Investigation of Potential Litigators' Consideration of the Auditor's Report on Internal Controls", American Accounting Association Western Regional Meeting. (2012).

"Do Section 404 disclosures affect investors' perceptions of systems reliability and stock price predictions?" European Accounting Association Annual Meeting. (2012).

"SOX Section 404 and Auditor Litigation Exposure: An Investigation of Potential Litigators' Consideration of the Auditor's Report on Internal Controls" American Accounting Association Auditing Section Mid-Year Meeting. (2011).

"Investors' use of 10-K information and beliefs about assurance" PCAOB Research Conference. (2011).

"The Impact of Information Tagging in the MD&A on Investor Decision Making: Implications for XBRL" American Accounting Association Meeting Information Systems Section Mid-Year Meeting. (2010).

"The Impact of Information Tagging in the MD&A on Investor Decision Making: Implications for XBRL", European Accounting Association Annual Congress. (2010).

“How Do Remote Audits Impact Auditor Liability Exposure? Exploring Jurors’ Perceptions of Interview Evidence Collected during the COVID-19 Pandemic”. Advances in Accounting 2021 Research Conference. Albuquerque, NM (2021)

“Mending the Gap between CSR Precedence and the UN SDG Targets: Natural Resources Use, Emissions, and Firm Performance.” American Accounting Association (AAA) 2020 Annual Meeting.(2020)

“Auditor Litigation Risk: A Review of Past Perspectives, Recent Developments, and Emerging Issues.” Pacific Southwest Academy of Legal Studies in Business Conference.(2019)

"Do Section 404 disclosures affect investors' perceptions of systems reliability and stock price predictions?" International Conference on Information Systems, SIG‐ASYS Workshop. (2010).

"The Impact of Information Tagging in the MD&A on Investor Decision Making: Implications for XBRL", Accounting & Finance Association Annual Meeting. (2009).

"The Impact of Information Tagging in the MD&A on Investor Decision Making: Implications for XBRL", American Accounting Association ABO Section Mid-Year Meeting. (2009).

"Enhancing the MD&A for Professional and Non-Professional Investors", American Accounting Association Annual Meeting. (2009).

"The Impact of Information Tagging in the MD&A on Investor Decision Making: Implications for XBRL", American Accounting Association Annual Meeting. (2009).

"An Investigation into Non-Professional Investor Behaviors with Paper Based vs. Hyperlinked Financial Statements", American Accounting Association Annual Meeting. (2008).

"The FASB's Strategic Responses to Institutional Pressures: An Investigation of the Transition to a Principles-Based Approach to Standard Setting", American Accounting Association Annual Meeting. (2008).

"Media richness, user trust, and perceptions of corporate social responsibility: An experimental investigation of visual website disclosure", Social and Environmental Aspects in Business and Management (SEABUS) Summer Academy. (2008).

"Media richness, user trust, and perceptions of corporate social responsibility: An experimental investigation of visual website disclosure", Workshop on Imagining Business. (2008).