Laurie Mitchell

Distinguished Professor, Accounting


Duke Hall
P: 909.748.8500

Description of Research and Professional Background Highlights

Dr. Mitchell has been on the faculty of the Accounting Program at University of Redlands since 2004, serving as Director of the Program for the first ten years. She started her career at one of the Big-Four accounting firms, and on the staff of the Enforcement Division and Office of the Chief Accountant at the Securities and Exchange Commission. After she earned her Ph.D. at Columbia, she has taught at several outstanding educational institutions throughout Southern California.

Laurie is particularly interested in the topic of financial literacy, and she has written cases and taught a large number of seminars on the topic since 2004. She has been on the Board of Directors of California Jump$tart, a leading nonprofit in the area. Since 2009, she has been on the Board of Directors of many of the American Funds mutual funds, one of the world's largest families of investment products.

In her spare time, Laurie is trying to improve her golf game and plays a bit of competitive croquet. She and her husband, Chris, live in Pasadena with their two newly-adopted dachshunds.

Courses Taught at Redlands

  • Financial Accounting

  • Auditing

  • Accounting Ethics


Degrees Held

BBA, College of William and Mary, Accounting, 1977
Ph.D., Columbia University School of Business, Accounting, 1996

Teaching Experience

Claremont McKenna College, 1994-2002; Pomona College, 2001-2005; Occidental College, 2006-2008

Relevant Work Experience

  • KPMG, 1977-1982

  • Securities and Exchange Commission, Enforcement Division, 1983-1985

  • Securities and Exchange Commission, Office of the Chief Accountant, 1985-1987

  • Ryder System, 1987-1989

Major Awards, Honors and Positions Held

  • Director/Trustee, American Funds , 2009-present

  • Director, California Jump$tart (Financial Literacy Nonprofit Group), 2008-present

  • Accounting Track Chair, Western Decision Sciences Institute, 1998-2002, 2008-2009

  • Reviewer, Discussant, Session Chair, American Accounting Association National and/or Regional Conferences, 1998-2007

  • American Accounting Association Doctoral Award, 1995

  • Columbia University Fellowship, 1990-1994

  • Certified Public Accountant, Virginia, 1981 (not currently licensed)


  • Member, AICPA, California Society of CPAs, American Accounting Association

Student Organizations

Redlands Student Investment Fund
Redlands Accounting Society