Nick Seybert

Assistant Professor

Accounting & Information Assurance
4333H Van Munching Hall
(301) 405-0962
Ph.D., Johnson Graduate School of Management, Cornell University | B.S. in Accounting from University of Maryland, College Park

Nick Seybert received his M.S. and Ph.D. from the Johnson Graduate School of Management at Cornell University. He is interested in financial accounting and behavioral finance, particularly how optimistic beliefs arise and are disciplined in the market. His research has been published in leading journals, including the Accounting Review, the Journal of Accounting Research, and Management Science. Prior to joining the Smith School, he was a faculty member at the University of Texas at Austin’s McCombs School of Business.


Assistant Professor of Accounting, Robert H. Smith School of Business, University of Maryland, College Park, 2010-present

Assistant Professor of Accounting, McCombs School of Business, University of Texas of at Austin, 2008-2010


Koonce, L.; Seybert, N.; and Smith, J. 2015. Management speaks, investors listen: Are investors too focused on managerial disclosures? Journal of Behavioral Finance, forthcoming.

Rennekamp, K., Rupar, K., and Seybert, N. 2014. Impaired judgment: The effects of asset impairment reversal and cognitive dissonance on future investment. Accounting Review (forthcoming).

Seybert, N. and Yang, H. 2012. The party’s over: The role of earnings guidance in resolving sentiment-driven overvaluation. Management Science, 58: 308-319.

Koonce, L.; Seybert, N.; and Smith, J. 2011. Causal reasoning in financial reporting and voluntary disclosure. Accounting, Organizations, and Society, 36 (4-5): 209-225.

Seybert, N. 2010. R&D capitalization and reputation-driven real earnings management. Accounting Review 85 (2): 671-693.

Seybert, N., and Bloomfield, R. 2009. Contagion of wishful thinking in markets. Management Science 55(5): 738-751.

Libby, R., and Seybert, N. 2009. Behavioral studies of the effects of regulation on earnings management and accounting choice.  Accounting, Organizations, and Institutions: Essays for Anthony Hopwood. Oxford University Press.


Seybert, N. Size does matter (in signatures). Harvard Business Review Magazine (May 2013).


Robert H. Smith School of Business, University of Maryland

Financial Statement Analysis for MBAs, M.S. and Undergraduates, 2010-present

Introduction to Accounting Research (doctoral seminar), 2010, 2013

McCombs School of Business, University of Texas at Austin

Financial Statement Analysis for MBAs/MPAs and Undergraduates, 2008-2010

Cornell University

Introductory Financial Accounting for Undergraduates, 2006


Top 15% Teaching Award, Robert H. Smith School of Business, 2014

Best Discussant Award, Conference on Investor Protection, George Mason University, 2012

AAA/ABO Best Dissertation Award, 2009

AAA/Deloitte/J. Michael Cook Doctoral Consortium Fellow, 2006

Deloitte Foundation Doctoral Fellowship, 2006

Johnson School Teaching Honor Roll, 2006

Ernst & Young Education Excellence Scholarship, 2002


“What Your Signature Says About You,” The Atlantic, 2/5/2013

“What Does the Bosses Signature Reveal?” MSN Money, 2/10/2013

“CEO Signature Size Linked to Narcissism in New Study,” Huffington Post, 2/8/2013

“CEOs: Big Signature, Big Narcissist, Big Trouble,” ABC News/Money, 2/7/2013

“Does Your Signature Reflect the Size of Your Ego?” BusinessWeek, 2/3/2013

“HP vs. Dell: Success Could be in the Size of the Signature,” Fast Company, February 2013

“Three Must-Read Articles,” CFO Journal, 9/14/2012

 “Fortune Telling,” The Daily, 7/3/2011

“When you Wish Upon a Stock,” Austin Business Journal, 3/29/2009


Accounting, Organizations and Society: 2010, 2012, 2014

Accounting Review: 2009, 2010, 2012, 2013, 2014

Behavioral Research in Accounting: 2011

Contemporary Accounting Research: 2011, 2013

Corporate Governance: An International Review: 2012

Journal of Accounting and Public Policy: 2010, 2011, 2012

Journal of Accounting Research: 2013, 2014

Management Science: 2010, 2013


Department of Accounting Recruiting Committee Member, 2013

Department of Accounting Academic Rigor Committee Chair, 2011-present.

Department of Accounting and Information Assurance Ph.D. Committee Member, 2010-present.

Dissertation Committee Member, Chad Ham, Ph.D. expected 2015

Dissertation Committee Member, Amanda Wilford, Ph.D. awarded 2012.