Wee Meng Eric Lee

Associate Professor of Accounting

Accounting Alumni Faculty Fellow


Ph.D. (Accounting emphasis) Washington State University; M.S. (Accounting) State University of New York at Binghamton; B.Comm. (Accounting) Australian National University.

Teaching Interests

Cost and Managerial Accounting

Research Interests

Sustainability accounting; business ethics; textual analysis; technology adoption; forensic accounting; investment psychology; business and accounting pedagogies.


Certificate in Sustainability - CBA Advisor

Professional Accomplishments

Since joining UNI upon graduation in 2011, Eric Lee has published empirical research articles in the Journal of Forensic and Investigative Accounting (2013), Advances in Accounting Education (2014), Journal of Business Ethics (2015), and Social and Environmental Accountability Journal (2017). He also has forthcoming publications in the Journal of Business Ethics (2016) and the Business and Professional Communication Quarterly. Eric regularly reviews for various peer- reviewed academic journals primarily in the area of sustainability accounting. He is also currently working, at different stages, on several research projects. Besides receiving over eight awards and grants to date (including the 2013, 2014 and 2018 UNI Summer Fellowship and 2019 Professional Development Assignment), Eric is active with the American Accounting Association (AAA), having presented his working papers on ten occasions (recently in the 2013, 2015, 2016 and 2018 National Meetings), and serving in various leadership capacities since 2010. In recognition of his service as the AAA National Meeting - Public Interest Track Co-Chair (2013) and Chair (2014 and 2015), as well as the AAA Midwest Region - Public Interest Section Liaison, Eric was nominated for the AAA Public Interest Section’s Outstanding Service Award in 2015.

Eric’s motto in teaching has always been both to impart to students the fundamental theoretical and numerical concepts in preparing for the CPA exam, and to steer students toward a better applied understanding and appreciation of how accounting works in business. Besides inviting distinguished guest speakers from different accounting industries to his class every semester, Eric has been a fervent advocate of developing students’ critical thinking, writing and data analytic skills, as well as involving real-world businesses in his course projects. Nationwide, Eric serves as an advisory council member of the Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education (AASHE). In UNI, Eric is a member of the UNI Sustainability and Environmental Faculty Advisory Board. He was also previously awarded the 2014 UNI Faculty Leadership in Sustainability Education Grant, and has since served as the CBA’s college advisor to the UNI Certificate in Sustainability program. Consistent with his corporate experience and research interest, and in tandem with UNI’s initiative in sustainability education, Eric has worked to infuse concepts and applied knowledge in the business/accounting field of sustainability to both his managerial and cost accounting teachings. For all of his work promoting civic mission leadership, he was recently recognized by the Iowa Campus Compact in the 2017 Engaged Campus Awards event. Eric has also previously served as a selection committee member for both the 2012-2014 AAA Innovations in Accounting Education Awards and the 2018 AASHE Sustainability Research Awards.

On a professional level, Eric has prior international work experience in Big-4 public accounting and corporate financial management, and maintains active licensure as a CPA, CGMA and CFE. He also currently serves on the local board of the Institute of Management Accountants (IMA Waterloo- Cedar Falls Chapter). Overall, through his research, teaching and service, Eric aims to make valuable contribution and impact to the academe and the community.

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