John Keyser

Assistant Professor
Department of Accountancy
Weatherhead School of Management

John Keyser, PhD, CPA, CFE, CIA, Assistant Professor of Accounting, is formerly a partner and National Director of Assurance Services for RSM US LLP, the fifth largest public accounting firm in the United States. Professor Keyser started his accounting career with a local Ohio firm, but moved to RSM (then McGladrey & Pullen, LLP) in Las Vegas, Nevada on January 2, 1996. During the early part of his career, he worked in a variety of industries including real estate, wholesale distribution, and financial institutions. As his career progressed, he specialized in financial institutions (i.e. community banks and credit unions). Professor Keyser was involved as the auditor in five initial public offerings and multiple acquisitions. In 2006, he was promoted to partner and served as the engagement partner for multiple publicly traded and privately-held financial institutions. In 2008, he was named National Director of Financial Institutions Services. In that role, Dr. Keyser was responsible for audit, accounting, and risk management in the financial institutions practice. Dr. Keyser also served as a member of the AICPA's Depository Institutions Expert Panel.

After weathering the financial crisis, he was named National Director of Assurance Services in 2012. In this role, he served on the management team for the National Professional Standards Group and led the team responsible for RSM's audit policies, methodology, tools, guidance, and training. He also led the working group the developed RSM's professional judgment framework. During this time (2012-2015), Dr. Keyser served on various AICPA and CAQ committees, including as technical advisor to the AICPA's Auditing Standards Board.

In 2015, Professor Keyser left RSM to become a Visiting Professor at CWRU and complete his PhD in Accountancy. He graduated in May 2017 and was appointed to a tenure-track position in July 2018.

Initially Appointed: 2015


Case Western Reserve University
University of Akron
Bachelor of Arts
Mount Vernon Nazarene University

Teaching Information

Teaching Interests

Professor Keyser enjoys teaching challenging accounting and auditing courses including ACCT 404, Advanced Accounting , ACCT 444, Advanced Auditing. and ACCT 520, Advanced Accounting Theory. Advanced Accounting focuses on business combinations, consolidations, foreign currency transactions, and hedging transactions. Advanced Auditing is a case-based course that focuses on the application of professional standards to real-live cases. Advanced Accounting Theory examines the premises underlying accounting standards and practices.

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Courses Taught

  • Advanced Accounting Theory
  • Advanced Auditing Theory and Practice
  • Advanced Financial Reporting

Office Hours

By appointment only

Research Information

Research Interests

Professor Keyser focuses his research on two primary streams involving auditing: auditor judgment and decision making and history of auditing and audit standard setting.

Awards and Honors

  • Best Paper Award - Award of Excellence
    Academy of Accounting Historians
  • 2018 Innovation in Accounting History Education Award
    The Academy of Accounting Historians
  • Partner of the Year
    RSM US, LLP (formerly McGladrey)

External Appointments

  • Institute of Internal Auditors. 2021 - Present
  • American Accounting Association. 2008 - Present
  • Member, Association of Certified Fraud Examiners. 2004 - Present
  • American Institute of Certified Public Accountants. 1996 - Present


  • Keyser, J. D. (2023).
    Examine the Available Evidence: Was the Duhnke PCAOB Captured?   Critical Perspectives on Accounting
  • Keyser, J. D., Neuman, E. (2022).
    A Different Kind of Cola War: Coca-Cola versus the IRS   Issues in Accounting Education
  • Keyser, J. D. (2022).
    Has the SEC ever been Willing to Accept Qualified Audit Opinions for a GAAP Departure? (vol. 49, issue 1, pp. 29-37)  Accounting Historians Journal
  • Keyser, J. D., Smith, J. L., Stephens, N. M. (2022).
    An Audit Quality Inspection Scandal: Ethical Lapses in a Misguided Attempt to Alleviate Regulatory Scrutiny (vol. 37, issue 2, pp. 109-127)  Issues in Accounting Education
  • Keyser, J. D. (2021).
    The Recurring Debate in the United States over Mandatory Firm Rotation (vol. 48, issue 1, pp. 15-29)  Florida: Accounting Historians Journal
  • Keyser, J. D. (2020).
    A Historical Assessment of Key Auditor Independence Policy: Auditing Your Own Work (vol. 47, issue 2, pp. 11-20)  Accounting Historians Journal
  • Keyser, J. D. (2016).
    Professionalism (vol. 28, issue 2, pp. 63-65)  Research in Accounting Regulation
  • Keyser, J. D. (2015).
    The PCAOB’s Role in Audit Conduct and Conscience (vol. 27, issue 2, pp. 111-118)  Research in Accounting Regulation


  • Keyser, J. D. (Panelist/Discussant), Paul, T. (Moderator), Botosan, C. (Panelist/Discussant), Hill, M. (Panelist/Discussant), Taylor, G. (Panelist/Discussant), Ulto, K. (Panelist/Discussant)  WeAre Webinar Series, "2022 weARE Webinar Series: Best Practices for Student Comment Letter Projects", American Accounting Association, Internet. (2022).
  • Keyser, J. D.  History Section Mid-Year Webinar, "The Regulatory Philosophy of James R. Doty", American Accounting Association, Webinar. (2022).
  • Keyser, J. D. (Panelist/Discussant), Hamilton, E. (Moderator), Goldsmith, T. (Panelist/Discussant), Downey, D. H. (Panelist/Discussant), Andiola, L. (Panelist/Discussant)  AAA Audit Section Mid-Year Meeting, "Ciritical Thinking, Communication, and Technical Agility: How to Balance Classroom Content with Needed Skills", American Accounting Association, Las Vegas. (2022).
  • Keyser, J. D.  Webinar, "The Importance of ICFR and the Auditor's Role", Moss Adams, Internet based. (2016).
  • Keyser, J. D. (Presenter & Author)  Boesger Christian Business Leader Series, "The Auditor and His Public Interest Responsibility", Mount Vernon Nazarene University, Mount Vernon, Ohio. (2015).