Erin Nickell

Erin Nickell

Assistant Professor of Accounting

Dr. Nickell believes that intellectual curiosity is essential to living our best life: becoming the best possible version of ourselves. She is passionate about creating a learning environment that sparks and encourages curiosity in her students. She was drawn to Stetson's mission of developing the whole person and hopes to contribute to the effort by inspiring the next generation of critical thinkers.

  • PhD, Business Administration, University of Central Florida, 2012
  • MS, Accounting, University of Central Florida, 2007
  • BS, Accounting, University of Florida, 2004


Course Sampling

  • Financial Accounting
  • Forensic Accounting

Areas of Expertise

  • Auditor judgment and decision making
  • Fraud, fraud auditing
  • Professional skepticism
  • Auditor liability


Dr. Erin Nickell joins the faculty of Stetson University after serving on the faculty of the University of Denver (2012-2019) where she taught financial reporting, auditing, and forensic accounting courses at the undergraduate and graduate level. Prior to earning a PhD from the University of Central Florida, Dr. Nickell worked with companies across Central Florida as a senior audit associate for Grant Thornton LLP. Dr. Nickell is a licensed CPA in the state of Virginia and a Certified Valuation Analyst (CVA) in the state of Colorado.


  • Auditor decision making
  • Professional skepticism
  • Fraud prevention using experimental and archival methodologies


  • The Effect of Fraud Risk Assessment Frequency and Fraud Inquiry Timing on Auditors' Skeptical Judgments and Actions, with Kelsey Brasel (Ball State University), Linda Parsons (University of Alabama), and Rick Hatfield (University of Alabama), Accounting Horizons (2019).
  • Fraud Risk Awareness and the Likelihood of Audit Enforcement Action, with Jared Eutsler (University of North Texas) and Sean Robb (University of Central Florida), Accounting Horizons (2016).
  • The Public Interest Imperative in Corporate Sustainability Reporting Research, with Robin Roberts (University of Central Florida), Accounting and the Public Interest (2014).
  • Organizational Legitimacy, Conflict and Hypocrisy: An Alternative View of the Role of Internal Auditing, with Robin Roberts (University of Central Florida). Critical Perspectives on Accounting (2014).