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Accounting Professor Selected for Third Fulbright

December 8, 2016

Throughout his 27 year career as a professor in St. John Fisher College’s School of Business, Dr. Thomas Tyson has used his expertise in archival research to explore the history of accounting. He has studied everything from the bookkeeping processes of the early 19th century cotton textile industry in the United States to pre- and post-Civil War slaveholder record-keeping practices in both the United States and British West Indies.

Dr. Tom Tyson earned a third opportunity to participate in the Fulbright Specialist Program.

Dr. Tom Tyson earned a third opportunity to participate in the Fulbright Specialist Program.

It’s this blending of textual analysis and accounting expertise that earned Tyson a third opportunity to participate in the Fulbright Specialist Program, which connects experts from across the United States to short-term collaborations with universities or organizations in more than 140 countries. An internationally recognized scholar in accounting history, Tyson was selected to participate in the U.S. State Department-sponsored program in 2004 and 2005. In both years, he visited Newcastle University in England.

In January 2017, Tyson’s third stint with the program will send him to Durham University, located in northeast England, where he’ll spend three weeks consulting with doctoral students, working with faculty, and presenting several seminars relating to his academic research. He also hopes to hold a two-day seminar on doing accounting history research; a workshop he has delivered previously in Denmark and England.

While abroad, he plans to take advantage of the archives and collections within the country; of particular interest is the University of Glasgow’s collection of letters and manuscripts from Wealth of Nations author and Enlightenment figure Adam Smith. Currently, Tyson is co-authoring a paper on Enlightenment principles and slaveholder practices.

Before returning to the U.S., Tyson will spend two weeks at Heriot-Watt University in Edinburgh, Scotland, working with faculty members and doctoral students. He hopes both experiences will spark new ideas for scholarship.

“It’s great to be able to travel abroad, and work with professors on projects of mutual interest, where I can share my expertise and participate in co-authored papers,” he said.  

A prolific writer, Tyson has authored more than 70 peer-reviewed publications and delivered more than 85 academic and professional presentations both in the U.S. and abroad. He also serves on the editorial board of three international accounting history journals, two of which are based in Australia. He has completed funded research projects for the Institute of Management Accounting, Financial Executives Research Foundation, Canadian Embassy, and Academy of Accounting Historians. Tyson has served as distinguished visiting scholar at La Trobe University (Australia) and visiting professor at Deakin and RMIT Universities (Australia), University College Dublin (Ireland), Aarhus University (Denmark), and Newcastle, Warwick, and Durham Universities (United Kingdom).

At Fisher, Tyson teaches at the both the undergraduate and graduate level, primarily in the areas of international financial reporting standards and financial accounting theory. In recognition of his contributions to academic inquiry, he was twice given one of the College’s highest honors, the Trustees’ Distinguished Scholar Award.