James Whitworth

James Whitworth

Associate Professor
Room: BSN 3320
Phone: (813) 974-6513

James Whitworth is an associate professor in the Lynn Pippenger School of Accountancy, teaching auditing and financial accounting.

His research on audit report timeliness has been published in Auditing: A Journal of Practice and Theory and the Journal of Information Systems. He received a "best paper award" from the 2012 Academy of Business Research Conference. His research interests include auditing, financial accounting, corporate governance, audit committees and earnings quality. He is a licensed CPA and previously was an assistant professor at the University of North Carolina Wilmington. He also spent four years as a corporate accountant and one year in public accounting.

Whitworth earned a PhD in accountancy from the University of Missouri, a master's degree in accounting from the University of Missouri-Kansas City and a bachelor's degree from the University of Kansas.


  • ACG 3103 - Intermediate Financial Accounting I
  • ACG 4123 - Intermediate Financial Accounting III


  • Murthy, U., J. Park, T. Smith, and J. Whitworth. (2023). Audit Efficiency and Effectiveness Consequences of Accounting System Homogeneity Across Audit Clients: A New Form of Knowledge Spillover?  Forthcoming at The Accounting Review.

  • Seavey, S., J. Whitworth, and M. Imhof. (2022). Early Earnings Releases and the Role of Accounting Quality. Auditing: A Journal of Practice and Theory, 41(3): 175-203.

  • Shaw, K., and J. Whitworth. (2022). Client Importance and Unconditional Conservatism in Complex Accounting Estimates.  Accepted for publication at Advances in Accounting.

  •  Murthy, U.S., T. Smith, J. Whitworth, and I. Zhang (2020). The Effects of Information Systems Compatibility on Firm Performance Following Mergers and Acquisitions. Journal of Information Systems, 34(2): 211-233.

  • Lee, L., J. Whitworth, and S. Hermanson (2015). The Effects of Information Technology Innovativeness on Audit Efficiencies. Review of Business Information Systems, 19(1): 25-38.


  • Member, Acccounting Circle Fund Committee, 2014-present
  • Contributor, AAA Auditing Section, 2012-present
  • Honors Thesis Chair, 2015-16
  • Ad hoc reviewer, Auditing: A Journal of Practice and Theory, AAA Auditing Section meeting and AAA annual meeting