Tom Smith

Tom Smith

Assistant Professor
Room: BSN 3503
Phone: (813) 974-6597

Tom Smith is an assistant professor in the Lynn Pippenger School of Accountancy, teaching intermediate financial accounting. In 2016, he was awarded the USF Outstanding Teaching Award and recently received the Lynn Pippenger School of Accountancy Research Award.

His research has been published in Auditing: A Journal of Practice & Theory, the Journal of the American Taxation Association, the Journal of Accounting, Auditing, & Finance, the Journal of Information Systems, Advances in Accounting, Accounting Horizons, the Journal of Financial Research and the Journal of Applied Business Research. He has presented at multiple conferences including the American Accounting Association Annual Meeting, the American Accounting Association FARS mid-year meeting, and the Southern Finance Association Annual Meeting. In 2019, he received the "Best Paper Award" at the AAA annual meeting. Smith's research interests include banking, auditing, breaches and executive compensation.

Smith earned a PhD, an MBA and a bachelor degree from Florida State University and is a licensed CPA. He previously taught at Florida Atlantic University, where, in 2011, he received the Professor of the Year Award.


  • ACG 4123 - Intermediate Financial Accounting III 

Recent Research

  • Smith, T. J. Higgs, and R. Pinsker. (2019) Do Auditors Price Breach Risk in the Audit Fees? Journal of Information Systems 33 (2): 177-204.
  • Murthy, U., T. Smith, J. Whitworth and Y. Zhang (2020) “The effects of information systems compatibility on firm performance following mergers and acquisitions” Journal of Information Systems, forthcoming.
  • Smith, T., G. Huston, J. Huston and M. Mellon. (2020) “What does an executive stock sale tell the market? Evidence from sale transactions following stock option exercises” Journal of Accounting, Auditing, and Finance, forthcoming.
  • Smith, T., J. Higgs, and R. Pinsker, (2019), "Do Auditors Price Breach Risk in their Fees?" Journal of Information Systems 33 (2): 177-204.
  • Zhang, Y., J. Perols, D. Robinson, and T. Smith, (2018), "Earnings Management Strategies to Maintain a string of Meeting or Beating Analyst Expectations," Advances in Accounting 43: 45-66.


  • Member, Lynn Pippenger School of Accountancy Undergraduate Curriculum Ad Hoc Committtee, 2018
  • Faculty adviser, ALPFA, 2015-present
  • Member, Lynn Pippenger School of Accountancy Doctoral Program Committee 2014-present