• D.B.A., Jacksonville University, 2019
  • M.B., University of Queensland, Australia, 2007
  • B.A., Nanchang Hangkong University, China, 2000


  • Advanced Accounting 
  • Information Systems Controls and Audit

Research Interests

  • Earnings Quality
  • Capital Structure
  • Forensic Accounting


Ying “Caroline” Chen, D.B.A., CPA, CMA, is an Assistant Professor of Accounting in the Greehey School of Business at St. Mary’s University. She has more than 10 years of experience in higher education and three years in the hotel industry’s internal control. Chen earned her doctorate in accounting from Davis College of Business, Jacksonville University, in April 2019.

Her research interests include earnings management, capital structure, operating efficiency, accounting education and accounting information systems. Her scholarly work has been published in the peer-reviewed journal of her discipline. She has presented her research at the American Accounting Association annual meetings and serves as a reviewer for academic conferences and peer-reviewed journals.

Chen has taught various courses, including Accounting Principles, Managerial Accounting, Accounting Information Systems, Accounting Data Analytics, Financial Statement Analysis, Intermediate Accounting, Advanced Accounting, and Accounting for Decision Making. She emphasizes incorporating analytical and critical thinking skills into Accounting courses to offer students a competitive advantage to succeed in their future professional field.


“How hotel firm value fluctuates with alternative leveraging strategies”
Ying Chen, Eric Valenzuela, Don Capener
American Journal of Economics and Sociology, 2023;00:1–21

“The impact of director blockholders on abnormal accruals and inventory”
Eric Valenzuela, Ying Chen
Journal of Corporate Accounting and Finance, 2023;1–15

“Valuation Effects of Earnings Management on Hotel Firm Value”
Ying Chen, Don Capener, Eric Valenzuela
American Journal of Economics and Sociology, 2023; 00:1–19

“Miller Energy’s Fraud and KPMG’s Audit Failure”
Ying Chen, Kim Capriotti, and Jill D’Aquila
Journal of Forensic and Investigative Accounting, 13(3), Special Issue 2021

“Global Value Perceptions-The Case of Luxury Hotels”
Ying Chen and Don Capener
SAM Advanced Management Journal, 86(2),32-44


  • Outstanding Teaching Award, Rankin College of Business, Southern Arkansas University, 2022
  • DBA Graduate Scholarship, Jacksonville University, 2016-2019
  • Technology Graduate Assistantship, Jacksonville University, 2016-2019
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