Laurie Mitchell

Clinical Professor, Accounting

Office: Accounting, Duke Hall #208

Phone: 909/748-8500



Current Research and Areas of Expertise

  • Financial Literacy
  • Financial Statement Analysis
  • Auditing and Accounting Information Systems

Description of Research and Professional Background Highlights

Dr. Mitchell has been the Director of the Accounting Program at University of Redlands since 2004. 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 the American Funds Fixed Income Group, one of the world’s largest families of mutual funds.

In her spare time, Laurie enjoys painting with watercolors, renovating her home and playing sports, including competitive croquet. She and her husband Chris live in San Marino with their two children and two dogs.

Courses Taught at Redlands

  • Financial Accounting
  • Auditing
  • Financial Statement Analysis
  • Accounting Information Systems
  • Financial Literacy

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 Fixed Income Group, 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, 1993-1999
  • Certified Public Accountant, Virginia, 1981
  • Past Leadership positions in: 
    • California Society of CPAs (Inland Empire Chapter)
    • San Marino Community Foundation
    • San Marino Junior Alliance
    • San Marino Community Church
    • San Marino National Little League
    • Valentine PTA
    • San Marino Community Nursery School
    • Westridge School Capital Campaign
    • William and Mary Alumni Association (Metro Washington Chapter)
  • Member, AICPA, California Society of CPAs, American Accounting Association

Student Organizations

Redlands Student Investment Fund
Redlands Accounting Society

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Redlands has 12 recent Fulbright Scholar recipients.

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