Annette Beatty

Deloitte & Touche Chair of Accounting

Accounting & Management Information Systems


Professor Beatty has held the Deloitte and Touche Chair of Accounting since 2006 when she was named the first female endowed chair in the history of the (Fisher) College of Business. She was appointed as the first female full professor in the history of the AMIS department when she joined the Ohio State faculty in 2004.  She has also served as a faculty fellow at the University of Cambridge Judge School of Business since 2018.

She served as the President of the American Accounting Association Financial Accounting Reporting Section from 2006-2007. She previously held faculty positions at Penn State University and The University of Pennsylvania Wharton School of Business and served as a fellow of the Wharton Financial Institutions Center.  She received her Ph.D. from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, an MBA for the University of Chicago (Booth) Graduate School of Business and a BA from The College of the University of Chicago.

Professor Beatty’s research focuses on the economic effects of accounting. She is especially interested in the importance of accounting in debt contracting and in bank regulation. Her publications in the Journal of Accounting and Economics, the Journal of Accounting Research, and The Accounting Review place her in the top ten of those publishing in these prestigious journals over the past two decades. In addition to numerous presentations at academic institutions and conferences, she has presented her research at the Financial Accounting Standards Board, the Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales, the Bank of International Settlement, the Federal Reserve Bank of St. Louis, the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation, and the Bank of Spain.

She previously served as an editor at the Accounting Review and the Journal of Financial Reporting, as an associate editor at Management Science, and on the editorial board of the Journal of Accounting Research.  She currently serves on the editorial boards of the Journal of Accounting & Economics , the Review of Accounting Studies, and the Journal of Business Finance and Accounting.

She has chaired 21 Ph.D. dissertation committees and served as a member on 11 additional Ph.D. committees. Her doctoral students hold faculty positions in top accounting programs around the world including M.I.T. the University of Pennsylvania, and the University of Toronto. She has also supervised one master’s thesis and 5 undergraduate honors theses.


  • Distinguished Ph.D. Mentoring Award, American Accounting Association Financial Accounting Reporting Section , 2021.
  • Service Award,  American Accounting Association Financial Accounting Reporting Section ,  2019.
  • Best Dissertation Supervision Award, American Accounting Association Financial Accounting Reporting Section,  2010.
  • KPMG UIUC Competitive Manuscript Award for papers on Reporting Risk, 2003.
  • Sloan Foundation Industry Center Fellowship, 2001-2002.

Areas of Expertise



  • PhD, Massachusetts Institute of Technology
  • MBA, The University of Chicago
  • AB, The University of Chicago


ACCTMIS 4998H - Research
Special topics research in accounting and/or management information systems; research evaluated through papers, thesis, and/or special examinations. Prereq: A grade of B or above in 3201H, or permission of Honors Accounting Director. Not open to students with credit for 783H. Repeatable to a maximum of 9 cr hrs or 3 completions. This course is progress graded.
ACCTMIS 8890 - Doctoral Seminar in Accounting Topics
Doctoral seminar in Selected Accounting Topics. Prereq: Enrollment in AcctMIS PhD program. Repeatable to a maximum of 12 cr hrs.
ACCTMIS 5200H - Honors Advanced Financial Accounting
Advanced topics in financial reporting including accounting for multi-corporate business entities, international operations, and other topics. Prereq: Honors standing, and a grade of B or above in 3201H; or permission of Honors Accounting Director. Not open to students with credit for 624H.