Dr. Donald L. Ariail is professor of accounting at Kennesaw State University. He holds the following professional certifications: CPA, CFF, CGMA, FABF, CVA (inactive). Dr. Ariail previously taught at Texas A&M Kingsville, System Center San Antonio and at Southern Polytechnic State University (SPSU). Prior to entering academia, he was, for 34 years, a public accounting practitioner. For 26 of those years he was the owner or partner in CPA firms.
He holds a Bachelor of Business Administration (BBA) degree in finance and a Master of Professional Accountancy (MPA) degree, both earned at Georgia State University, a Doctor of Business Administration (DBA) degree from Nova Southeastern University, and a Doctor of Business Leadership (DBL) degree from the University of South Africa. He is currently a candidate at Georgia Southern University for a Doctor of Education (EdD) degree.
Dr. Ariail is a past president of the Gender Issues and Work Life Balance Section of the American Accounting Association (AAA), past president of the Southeast Region of the AAA, and past president of the Georgia Association of Accounting Educators. He currently serves as the vice president of the Georgia Association of Business, Entrepreneurship, and Economics.
As of July 2021, Dr. Ariail has published a total of 81 works. Of these 43 have appeared in peer reviewed journals, both academic and practitioner. His academic works include publications in Accounting, Auditing and Accountability, Issues in Accounting Education, and Behavioral Research in Accounting. His practice-oriented works have appeared in the Journal of Accountancy, The Tax Advisor, and Today’s CPA. Dr. Ariail’s research has received 14 awards and has been presented 104 times at academic conferences.
Dr. Ariail has also received recognition for his teaching excellence. In 2012, he was a Georgia Governor’s Teaching Fellow. At SPSU he received an outstanding teaching award, and in 2014 he was SPSU’s Teacher of the Year.