Megan F. Hess Assistant Professor of Accounting

Megan F. Hess

Holekamp 214
Curriculum Vitae

Dr. Hess joined the Williams School of Commerce, Economics, and Politics at Washington and Lee University after completing her doctorate in business administration at the Darden Graduate School of Business at the University of Virginia in 2013. She teaches a variety of courses in the areas of accounting, ethics, and corporate sustainability. Prior to starting her doctoral studies, Dr. Hess spent twelve years in industry, most recently with Deloitte where she investigated financial statement fraud. She also has an MBA from Texas A&M University and a BA from Washington and Lee University.

Dr. Hess’ research focuses on how corporate culture and employee social networks affect workplace ethics. She has presented her work at numerous conferences, published in both management and accounting journals, written award-winning teaching cases, and her dissertation was a finalist in the 2013 Excellence in Ethics competition. She also studies ethical leadership, sustainability accounting, and financial statement fraud.


Ph.D. Business Administration, University of Virginia (2013)

M.B.A. Texas A&M University (2003)

B.A. Washington and Lee University (1997)


Ethical decision making, ethical leadership, social networks, financial statement fraud, stakeholder theory, sustainability accounting, and professional skepticism

If you work in corporate ethics or compliance and want to participate in Dr. Hess’ study of the social networks of corporate ethics and compliance officers, click here.

If you work in public accounting and want to participate in Dr. Hess’ study of professional skepticism, click here.


ACCT 202 Managerial Accounting
ACCT 303 Sustainability Accounting
ACCT 304 Anatomy of a Fraud (Forensic Accounting)
ACCT 360 Auditing