Jennifer Winchel

Associate Professor of Commerce

Jennifer Winchel
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Ph.D., Accounting, The University of Texas at Austin
M.S., Accounting, Northern Illinois University
B.A., Accounting, Illinois Wesleyan University
Areas of Expertise: 
Financial reporting
Judgment and decision making
Professional Activities: 

Professor Winchel’s primary research interests broadly focus on the role that financial accounting information and disclosure play in influencing investor judgment and decision making. She is specifically interested in how the disclosure choices of firm managers and information intermediaries, such as sell-side analysts, impact investors’ perceptions of credibility and their investment decision. Professor Winchel has presented her research at international conferences sponsored by the American Accounting Association and the Canadian Academic Accounting Association, as well as at university and conference research workshops. Her research has appeared in The Accounting Review; Contemporary Accounting Research; and Accounting, Organizations & Society. Professor Winchel currently teaches "Intermediate Accounting I" in the undergraduate program and "Judgment and Decision Making in Accounting" in the M.S. in Accounting Program.

Prior to joining McIntire, Professor Winchel was a faculty member at the University of South Carolina, where she received the Alfred G. Smith Award for excellence in teaching. Before returning to academia, she was an Audit Manager at PricewaterhouseCoopers.

Selected Publications:

"Analysts’ Qualitative Statements and the Profitability of Favorable Investment Recommendations," Accounting, Organizations & Society, 2017 (with M. Caylor and M. Cecchini).

“The Effect of Ambiguity and Two-Sided Argumentation on Investor Reaction to Favorable Analyst Reports,” Contemporary Accounting Research, 2015.

“The Effects of Norms on Investor Reactions to Derivative Use,” Contemporary Accounting Research, 2015 (with L. Koonce and J. Miller).

“Consensus Information and Nonprofessional Investors’ Reaction to the Revelation of Estimate Inaccuracies,” The Accounting Review, 2010 (with L. Koonce and M. G. Williamson).