Dr. Tom Downen


Associate Professor of Accounting
Accountancy / Business Law

Cameron Hall 230M
University of North Carolina Wilmington
601 South College Road
Wilmington, NC   28403 - 5901
Phone: 910.962.4104
Fax: 910.962.3663
Email: downent [ downent AT uncw DOT edu ]
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Professor Downen received his BBA in accounting from Eastern New Mexico University, his MBA from the University of New Mexico, and his PhD in accounting from Texas Tech University. Before returning to graduate school, he worked in the accounting profession for 11 years, most recently as the director of accounting for a large state medical school and healthcare organization. Dr. Downen teaches mostly financial accounting, at a variety of levels. His research focuses primarily on judgment and decision-making effects of variations in financial reporting. He and his wife have four children (including twin girls who recently graduated from UNCW!), and enjoy living at the beach! In his spare time, Professor Downen enjoys spending time with his family, traveling, and playing basketball and golf (and other sporting activities).

  • PhD, Accounting, Texas Tech University, 2009
  • MBA, Executive, University of New Mexico, 1999
  • BBA, Accounting, Eastern New Mexico University, 1994

Recent Publications
Angel Investor Value Judgments and the Effects of Accounting Disclosures , Advances in Accounting Behavioral Research , 2020; ; (T. Downen, B. Cataldi)

Arctic Automotive Co. Case: EVs, EV Batteries and IFRS , Accounting Instructors' Report , 2019; ; (T. Downen, K. Brackney)

Teaching Excel Shortcuts: A Visualization and Game-Based Approach , Journal of Accounting Education , 2019; ; (T. Downen, L. Lee, E. Shifflett)

Detrimental Effects of Reporting the Uncertainty in Managerial Accounting Data , Journal of Theoretical Accounting Research , 2019; ; (T. Downen)

The Effects on Anchoring of Increasing Quantities of Disconfirming Evidence , International Journal of Management & Decision Making , 2019; ; (T. Downen, Z. Furner, B. Cataldi)

5 Principles of Report Design , Strategic Finance , 2018; ; (T. Downen)

Balanced and Efficient Summative Peer Evaluation, for Group Work in Accounting Education , Accounting Instructors' Report , 2018; ; (T. Downen, S. Leerberg)

Flipping the Managerial Accounting Principles Course: Effects on Student Performance, Evaluation, and Attendance , Advances in Accounting Education , 2016; ; (T. Downen, B. Hyde)

Professionalism in Accounting Graduates: Employers’ Preferences and Colleges of Business’ Challenges , Journal of the Academy of Business Education , 2016; ; (T. Downen, T. Clark, C. Bain)

Areas of Interest
  • Financial Accounting
  • Managerial Accounting

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