M.Acc. - 2002, The University of Tennessee at Chattanooga

J.D. - 1991, The University of Cincinnati

B.S. - 1987, The University of Tennessee at Chattanooga


Courses Taught

ACC 2010/ACC 2020: Principles of Accounting I and II

BUS 3350: Legal Environment of Business

BUS 4120/BUS 5000: Federal Taxation of Estates, Gifts and Trusts


Research Interests


Business and Employment Law

Volunteer Liability Issues


Honors, Achievements, & Affiliations

2016: College of Business "Outstanding Service Award"

2014: Beta Alpha Psi "Outstanding Accounting Professor"

2014: UTAA "Outstanding Professor"

2013: Beta Alpha Psi "Outstanding Accounting Professor"

2011: Given the UT-Chattanooga "Outstanding Advisor" Award for work with academic, career and personal advisement with students

2011: Elected by the UT-Chattanooga Student Government Association as the "Professor of the Year" for outstanding teaching in the classroom and dedication to students

2010: Beta Alpha Psi "Outstanding Accounting Professor"

2004: Featured in the July, 2004 issue of the Journal of Accountancy in the article, "Off the Beaten Path," by Elizabeth Danziger. This article features CPAs who have used their skills to engage in endeavors outside of public accounting practice. My section was entitled "From Practitioner to Professor." (J of A, July 2004, pg. 56)


Certified Public Accounting (Tennessee - 1993)

Licensed Attorney (Ohio - 1991)

Tennessee Society of Certified Public Accountants

Academy of Legal Studies in Business

American Institute of Certified Public Accountants

Accounting and Financial Women's Alliance

Chair of the Department of Accounting Assurance of Learning Committee


Featured Publications

2015: "Assisted-Living Regulation Issues: A Business Case for Action or Creative Destruction," International Journal of Business and Social Research, Christiansen, Linda and Sompayrac, Joanie, Volume 5, Issue 9, pgs. 31-39, February 2015


2015: "Windsor: Bringing Tax Inequity Out of the Closet," Tax Notes, Sompayrac, Joanie and DeLong, Kayla, Volume 146, Number 4, pgs. 519-523, January 26, 2015.


2013: "Does the Defense Marriage Act Prevent the Internal Revenue Service from Treating all 'Married' Couples Equally?" Journal of Accounting, Ethics and Public Policy, Sompayrac, Joanie and Burge, Victoria, Volume 14, Issue 1 (2013).


2011: "the Sunset of the Estate Tax Repeal and Its Impact on the American Farmer," Today's CPA, Sompayrac, Joanie and Christiansen, Linda, Volume 39, Issue 3, pgs. 36-40, November/December 2011.


2011: "Effectively Facilitating the Transition Process for Transgender Employees in the Workplace," Employee Rights and Responsibilities Journal, Taylor, Susannah, Sompayrac, Joanie, Burke, Lisa and Wheatley, Kathleen, Volume 23, Issue 2, June 2011, pgs. 101-116.