Joseph D. Beams, Ph.D., CPA


Oil and Gas Professor of Accounting


Office: KH 474 
Phone: 504-280-6431



Educational Background:
Ph.D., Virginia Tech, 2003 
MS in Accounting, University Of Virginia, 1994  
B.S. University of Virginia College at Wise, 1993

Dr. Beams joined the UNO faculty in 2003. He holds the Oil and Gas Professorship in Accounting. His current areas of research include insider trading, employee stock options and the taxation of investments. His research has been published in Accounting and the Public Interest, Accounting Educators' Journal, Accounting Horizons, Accounting Research Journal, Journal of Accountancy, Journal of Business Ethics, Journal of Global Business Issues, Practical Tax Strategies, Review of Accounting and Finance, Strategic Finance, Tax Practice, Taxes-The Tax Magazine, and The CPA Journal.

He received the Outstanding Faculty Student Choice Award in 2013 and 2010 and has served as a reviewer for a variety of top accounting journals. He is the faculty advisor for the UNO student chapter of the Institute of Management Accountants (IMA) and co-advisor for the UNO chapter of Beta Alpha Psi. He is a CPA licensed in Virginia and is a member of the American Accounting Association, American Institute of Certified Public Accountants, and Institute of Management Accountants.


Beams, J. and Y. Yan. "The Effect of Financial Crisis on Auditor Conservatism: US Evidence." Accounting Research Journal, Forthcoming.

Amoruso, A. and J. Beams. "CEO Compensation and the Reported Value of Stock Options in Initial Public Offerings." Review of Accounting and Finance, 2014, 232-250.

Beams, J., H. Huang, and Y. Yan. "Top Management Resignation and Firms' Subsequent
Bankruptcy." Accounting and the Public Interest (AAA Policy Sectional Journal) July 2013: 39-54.

Briggs, J. and J. Beams. "Asset Securitization in a Changing Environment." The CPA Journal, September 2012.

Beams, J. and J. Briggs. "Tax Strategies and Pitfalls of Planning for College." Practical Tax Strategies, May 2012.

Beams, J. and J. Briggs. "Tax Planning for Parents of College Students." Journal of Accountancy, March 2012.

Briggs, J. and J. Beams. "Securitization of Assets: An Accounting and Finance Case." The Accounting Educators' Journal, 2012.

Beams, J., W. Belski, and J. Briggs. “An Argument Supporting Severe Punishments for White Collar Crime: A Study of Insider Trading Using Importance Ratings.” Accounting and the Public Interest (AAA policy sectional journal) Fall 2008. 

Belski, W.,  Beams, J., and J. Brozovsky. “Ethical Judgments in Accounting: An Examination of the Ethics of Managed Earnings.” Journal of Global Business Issues, Summer 2008: 59-68.

Beams, J., and W.E. Seago. “Why Some Taxpayers Benefit from Not Claiming Deductions.” Taxes-The Tax Magazine, May 2006: 39-44.

Beams, J., and E. Houser. “The Underutilization of IRAs.” Strategic Finance, April 2006, Web Exclusive available at 1-4.

Beams, J., A. Amoruso, and F. Richardson. “Discretionary Reporting of Stock Options by IPO Firms.” Accounting Horizons, December 2005: 223-236.

Beams, J., “Stock Options: This Time It’s Going to be Different.” Strategic Finance, November 2004: 50-51.

Beams, J., and L. Nelsestuen. “Tax Planning With the Retirement Savings Contribution Credit.” Practical Tax Strategies, September 2004: 162-167.

Beams, J., and L. Nelsestuen. “Limitations of the Retirement Savings Contribution Credit.” Tax Practice, July 2004: 35-38.

Beams, J., L. Killough, and R. Brown. “An Experiment Testing the Determinants of Non-Compliance with Insider Trading Laws.” Journal of Business Ethics, July 2003: 309-323.