Joel Owens


Assistant Professor

Dr. Joel Owens joined the faculty of The School of Business at Portland State University in 2018. Previously, he taught at the University of Nebraska–Lincoln and was an auditor with Elliott Davis, LLC in Greenville, SC. He completed a rare “academic hat trick” by earning his Bachelor, Master, and PhD degrees all at the Darla Moore School of Business, University of South Carolina.

Joel teaches auditing and financial accounting topics. His research examines individual judgment and decision-making in auditing and accounting contexts.  Specifically, Joel’s research interests lie at the intersection of organizational behavior, personality and applied psychology, and accounting. 

Joel’s research has been published in the Journal of Information Systems and the Journal of Management Accounting Research, presented at universities and research conferences around the world, and cited in stories by Reuters, CFO Magazine, AccountingToday, New York Post, and others.

Joel is passionate about truth and professional responsibility. He believes that integrity is the accountant’s most important characteristic, and he models and emphasizes this concept as he instructs his students. His dedication to his students’ success has been recognized with several prestigious teaching awards.

In his free time, Joel enjoys going on backpacking and skiing adventures, visiting with friends and family, reading and listening to as many audiobooks as he possibly can, and tasting great food and craft beer all over the country.

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Education
  • Master of Accountancy - Business Measurement and Assurance
    University of South Carolina
  • Doctor of Philosophy in Business Administration - Accounting
    University of South Carolina
  • Bachelor of Science in Business Administration - Accounting
    University of South Carolina