Diane Pattison

Diane Pattison
Phone: (619) 260-4850
Office: Olin Hall 216

Academic Director, Graduate Accountancy Programs, Professor of Accounting

  • PhD, University of Washington, Managerial Accounting/Financial Accounting/Economics/Research Method
  • MBA, California State University, Hayward, Accounting
  • BS, University of Oregon, Mathematics

Diane D. Pattison, professor of accountancy, joined the University of San Diego School of Business faculty in 1986. Previously, Pattison taught at Arizona State University. She has also been a visiting professor at Bocconi University in Milan, Italy.

She is also currently serving as the academic director of the graduate accountancy programs and the director of the Accountancy Institute. Pattison's major contribution to the School of Business has been the development of a strong interactive relationship between the professional accounting community and the accounting area. In addition, she has enhanced the undergraduate accountancy program both through effective teaching and by encouraging growth and understanding through advising both the Accounting Society and Beta Alpha Psi.

She has published many articles in Management Accounting and has presented papers at a variety of conferences. Pattison has served on a variety of university committees including the faculty senate, ARRT committee, honors convocation and graduate studies committee. In the larger community, Pattison was International Beta Alpha Psi Organization President for the year 2000. Also, she has served in many different capacities in various professional organizations including Institute of Management Accountants-San Diego Chapter President in 1995-96, and Financial Executives International President in 2001-02. 


  • Best Manuscript Award for "Incorporating Leadership into the Accounting Curriculum," AAA Southwest Meeting, 2011
  • Undergraduate Accountancy Programs Professor of the Year, 2008.
  • Steber Professorship, 2007-08
  • University of San Diego University Professor, 1999-2000
  • Best Paper Award, Western Decision Sciences Conference, 1995
  • Lybrand Silver Medal for an article in Management Accounting
  • San Diego Women Who Mean Business, San Diego Business Journal, 1995
  • Outstanding Faculty Advisor for Beta Alpha Psi (National), 1993

Selected Publications

  • Dalton, T., Pattison, D. (2008) Deciding to work while collecting Social Security, The CPA Journal, 78(7), 48-51.
  • Dalton, T., Pattison, D. (2007) Timing Home Sales to Maximize Exclusion May Be Unwise, Practical Tax Strategies, 79(2), 86-92.
  • Pattison, D., Zocco, D. (2012) Private Equity Portfolio Valuation Audit Negotiation, Journal of Finance Case Research.
  • Margheim, L., Hora, J., Pattison, D. (2010) Educational Competencies That Mid-Sized CPA Firms Value In Their Professional Accounting Staff, American Journal of Business Education, 3(6), 69-80.
  • Margheim, L., Kelley, T., Pattison, D. (2005) An Empirical Analysis of the Effects of Auditor Time Budget Pressure and Time Deadline Pressure, The Journal of Applied Business Research, 21:1, 23-35.
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