Lynette I. Wood, PhD, CPA

Associate Professor of Accounting


Department: Accounting and Management Information Systems
Office Location: 130 R. J. Reynolds Center
Phone: 336-750-2346
Fax: 336-750-2335
Curriculum Vitae


Dr. Lynette I. Wood, CPA, is an associate professor of accounting at Winston-Salem State University, where she received the 2013-2014 Wells Fargo Excellence in Teaching Award and the 2012-2013 Bill Shepherd Master Teaching Award. She has served on WSSU’s faculty since fall 2010.

In August 2003, she earned the distinction of being the first African-American woman to complete a Ph.D. in accounting at Indiana University. From 2004-2010, she taught at Virginia Tech, and she taught at Howard University from 2000-2004. In recognition of her contribution to the accounting profession through her efforts in the classroom, the National Association of Black Accountants (NABA) Metro-Washington, D.C. Chapter selected her as the 2001 Outstanding Accounting Leader. She currently serves as the faculty advisor for the WSSU student chapter of NABA.

Dr. Wood’s research interests include accounting/business pedagogy and investigating African-American participation in the accounting profession. Her articles have appeared in several peer-reviewed journals. She is a licensed Certified Public Accountant in the state of North Carolina. 

Educational Background

  • Ph.D., Accounting, Indiana University, August 2003
  • M.B., Accounting, Indiana University, May 1998
  • M.S., Management, University of Alabama in Huntsville, May 1995
  • B.S., Accounting, Oakwood University, summa cum laude, June 1993

  • Research and Project Interests:

  • Accounting/business pedagogy and African-American participation in the accounting profession.

  • Selected Publications:

    Wood, L. I. and Wood, D. J. (2014). In God we trust: a case of church financial fraud. Journal of Business Cases and Applications, 11, 1-5.

    Mathiyalakan, S., Heilman, G. E., White, S. D., Wood, L. I., & Weisenfeld, L. (2014). Facebook attitudes and usage: comparing accounting and MIS students. Journal of Academy of Business and Economics, 14, 37-44.

    O'Callaghan, S., Patel, U., Walker, J. P., Elson, R. J., Wood, L., & Wood, D. (2014). Are auditors influenced by the attire worn by clients? A pilot study. Journal of Finance and Accountancy, 15, 1-6.

    Wood, L. I. (2012). The impact of decision aid use on the dilution effect when assessing fraud. Journal of Finance and Accountancy, 9, 23-42. 

    Wood, L. I. (2012). The coach-team approach: an introductory accounting instructional alternative. Journal of Instructional Pedagogies, 8, 1-9.

    Osborne, R. E., Wood, L. I., & Jackson, C. M. (2009). Best cities for minority CPAs. The CPA Journal, 79(3): 70-71.

    Gabbin, A. L. and Wood, L. I. (2008). An experimental study of accounting majors' academic achievement using cooperative learning groups. Issues in Accounting Education, 23(3): 391-404.

    Wells, J. T. and Wood, L. I. (2007). Race is a factor in the workplace. Spectrum, 10-12.

    Additional Information:

    I have chosen to characterize the learning environment in my classes in the context of a "coach and team" instead of "teacher and students." Students are highly motivated and have positive perceptions of teacher effectiveness when they believe that they and the instructor are on the same side. In addition to framing the context of the course in a coach-team setting, my philosophy of teaching focuses on creating an atmosphere where students are actively engaged in the learning process. Finally, I believe in layered learning. I maintain that cramming several chapters of material into one marathon study session in preparation for a major accounting exam is far less effective than studying for daily assessments (quizzes) and getting rapid feedback that can help identify weak areas which need to be strengthened.

    ACC 4328 - Global & Ethical Issues in Accounting

    ACC 3316 - Intermediate Financial Accounting I

    ACC 2316 - Principles of Financial Accounting

    ACC 2317 - Principles of Managerial Accounting

    2013-2014 Wells Fargo Excellence in Teaching Award

    2012-2013 Winston-Salem State University Bill Sheppard Master Teaching Award

    Beta Alpha Psi, inducted 2013

    Professional Development Travel Grant, Winston-Salem State University, 2012

    Professional Development Research Grant, Winston-Salem State University, 2012

    Semifinalist, Ernst & Young Inclusive Excellence Faculty Award, 2009

    Oakwood University Alumni Association 2008 Family of the Year

    Featured in the book, Living the Dream: A New Generation of Minority Business School Professors

    University-sponsored Academic Excellence Grant – New Course Development, Howard University, 2003-2004

    University-sponsored Academic Excellence Travel Grant – Howard University, 2003

    Recognized as one of Howard University’s “good” teachers on the student-generated best & worst faculty list

    Summer Research Grant, Howard University School of Business, 2001, 2002

    University-sponsored Faculty Research Grant, Howard University, 2001-2002

    Outstanding Accounting Leader, National Association of Black Accountants, Inc., Metro-Washington D.C. Chapter, 2001

    Indiana University Graduate Minority Fellowship

    American Accounting Association Doctoral Consortium Fellow

    National Black MBA Association Doctoral Fellowship

    American Institute of Certified Public Accountants Minority Doctoral Fellowship

    Indiana University School of Business Dean’s Fellowship

    KPMG Minority Accounting Doctoral Scholarship

    General Conference of Seventh-day Adventists Regional Scholarship

    Listed in Who’s Who Among Students in American Universities and Colleges, 1994-95

    Outstanding Graduate Student, College of Administrative Science, University of Alabama in Huntsville, 1995

    Beta Gamma Sigma Honor Society, inducted 1995

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