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Ling Lisic

Wayne E. Leininger Professor
  • Director of the Ph.D. Program
Ling Lei Lisic
3011 Pamplin (0101)
880 West Campus Drive
Blacksburg, VA 24061


Ph.D. University of Connecticut


Auditing, Financial Accounting


Ling Lisic is the Wayne E. Leininger Professor and Ph.D. Program Director in the Department of Accounting and Information Systems, Pamplin College of Business, Virginia Tech. She earned her Ph.D. from the University of Connecticut and taught at George Mason University prior to joining the faculty at Virginia Tech.  

Ling’s research employs archival and qualitative methodologies to test economic and behavioral theories of auditing, financial accounting, and international accounting. She is interested in a diverse set of research topics such as ESG, audit partners, audit committees, SEC comment letters, insider trading, and international auditing. Ling has published 15+ papers (mostly with junior coauthors) in Financial Times Top 50 Journals, including Accounting, Organizations and Society, Contemporary Accounting Research, Journal of Accounting and Economics, Journal of Financial Economics, Production and Operations Management, Review of Accounting Studies, and The Accounting Review. BYU accounting research rankings ranks her as the #23rd author worldwide based on the number of Top 6 accounting journal publications in the most recent six years (i.e., 2016-2022). She is also a top 1% author on SSRN by paper downloads. Ling is the incoming Senior Editor (effective June 2024) and a current editor of Journal of International Accounting Research. She also serves on the editorial boards of The Accounting Review, Contemporary Accounting Research, and Auditing: A Journal of Practice and Theory. She has delivered keynote and panel speeches on topics related to research success at international conferences and given over 60 invited research workshops at major research universities.

Ling’s teaching interests are in auditing, financial accounting, and managerial accounting, at the Ph.D., master, and undergraduate levels. She has taught Auditing and Intermediate Financial Accounting I to master and undergraduate students, Introductory Financial Accounting to master and undergraduate students, and Financial Statement Analysis and Introductory Managerial Accounting to undergraduate students.

Ling is the Director of the Ph.D. Program in Accounting and Information Systems at Virginia Tech. She has chaired and served on a number of doctoral dissertation committees. Regarding her service for the American Accounting Association, she has chaired and served on many different committees in the Auditing Section and the International Accounting Section. She has written Promotional and Tenure external review letters as well as Permanent Residency EB-1 Application external review letters for faculty candidates at a variety of universities.


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