Darin Spencer

Assistant Professor

JWU Faculty Since 2019

Darin Spencer

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Darin Spencer, Ph.D., is a Certified Public Accountant (CPA) with significant professional experience in public accounting as an auditor, cost accounting as a plant accountant, and hospital accounting and finance as a senior accountant in a large hospital system. His passion is teaching. He has been an accounting educator nearly 20 years, and also currently teaches finance and management courses.

He earned a doctorate in business administration (accounting specialization) from Northcentral University, a master of accountancy (MAcc) from the University of North Carolina-Charlotte, a master’s degree in business administration (MBA) from Pfeiffer University, and a bachelor’s degree in accounting from the University of North Carolina-Charlotte.

His research interest includes financial accounting, managerial accounting, auditing, and behavioral research in accounting.

A fun fact about Professor Spencer is that he was once a performer in theme park shows and on a cruise ship. He is affiliated with the United Church of Christ (UCC).


  • Ph.D., Business Administration (Advanced Accounting Specialization), Northcentral University
  • MBA, Business Administration, Pfeiffer University
  • M.Acc., Accounting, Univeristy of North Carolina Charlotte
  • B.S., Accounting, University of North Carolina

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Teaching Interests


Scholarly Interests

Spencer’s research interests include issues related to managerial accounting and Activity-Based Costing in healthcare systems and behavioral research in financial accounting.


  • BUS1001 Introduction to Business and Management
  • MGMT4020 Strategic Management
  • MGMT4030 Senior Business Capstone
  • FISV2000 Finance
  • ACCT4040 Auditing

Professional Affiliations

Institute of Management Accountants (IMA)
Healthcare Financial Management Association (HFMA)
North Carolina Association of Certified Public Accountants (NCACPA)

Q&A with Darin

At JWU, education is not confined to the four walls of the classroom. You’re not going to spend four years with your nose buried in a book, learning theories you may never get a chance to apply — you’re going to get out there and apply them, be it through internships, group projects, leadership opportunities, competitions and more.

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Get involved, introduce yourself and remember "the power of knowing others and being known."