Dale L. Davison, Ph.D., CPA, is a Clinical Professor of Accounting in the Thunderbird School of Global Management at Arizona State University. His areas of expertise include global accounting and global taxation. His research has traditionally focused on income taxation, particularly as it relates to global tax issues.
Dr. Davison’s work has been widely published in academic journals, and he has co-authored three books, including a financial accounting textbook, “Financial Accounting,” published by John Wiley & Sons. Among the industry’s leading journals, his research and writings have appeared in Management Accounting, Journal of Taxation, Taxes, Atlanta Economic Review, Journal of Real Estate Taxation, Taxation for Accountants, Ohio CPA, Arizona Business, Estate Planning, Tax Advisor, Nebraska Journal of Economics and Business, Journal of Language for International Business, and Multinational Business Review.
Dr. Davison was the founding editor of the American Taxation Association (ATA) Newsletter. While at Thunderbird, he was the author and project director/administrator for three different federal grants totaling $2.5 million, involving Thunderbird business activities in Moscow, Nishny Novgorod, and Volgograd, Russia.
Before joining the Thunderbird faculty, Dr. Davison was a partner in the Phoenix office of Deloitte & Touche. He has accepted business-accounting assignments around the world, including assignments in the U.S. and Canada, Germany, Belgium and Russia. He served as chairman of the Thunderbird Department of World Business from 1996 through 2001, and Dean of Faculty at Thunderbird from 2005 to 2014, as well as Chief Academic Officer in 2014. In 1992 he was a Distinguished Visiting Professor at Tehnologico Superiores de Monterrey and in 1993 a visiting professor at the Academy for the National Economy in Moscow. He also served on the faculties of Arizona State University, Clemson University, and the University of South Carolina.
While at Thunderbird, Dr. Davison taught accounting and tax courses in Mexico, Russia, China, Czech Republic, Germany, Switzerland, Taiwan, and Brazil.
Among his many awards and honors, Dr. Davison won teaching awards at the University of South Carolina and at Arizona State University. He also was honored with the ASU Accounting Circle Outstanding Teacher Award. He won Thunderbird Student Government Outstanding Teacher Awards six times, and Deloitte & Touche Outstanding Tax Teaching Awards twice.
Dr. Davison earned his Ph.D. and MBA at the University of Georgia. At Georgia, he was a State Farm Foundation Fellow and a National Defense Education Act (NDEA) Title IV Fellow. He was awarded his BS at Northeast Louisiana State College (now the University of Louisiana-Monroe) where he was the valedictorian of his graduating class, the College of Business Honor Graduate, and the Louisiana Society of CPAs Honor Graduate.
- BS in Accounting, University of Louisiana at Monroe College of Business Honor Graduate Louisiana Society of CPAs Honor Graduate Valedictorian
- MBA, Ph.D. in Accounting, University of Georgia