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McLelland's research interests are in IFRS, audit economics, and governance. He has published articles in the Journal of Accounting and Public Policy, Research in Governmental and Nonprofit Accounting, Accounting Horizons, Journal of Accountancy and Mergers & Acquisitions.
McLelland has taught Intermediate Accounting, Financial Analysis and Valuation, Auditing, and numerous tax classes and has received three teaching awards (Auburn—Beta Alpha Psi and College of Business; Texas A&M—Deans Award).
McLelland started his accounting career as an auditor for Arthur Andersen & Co. and was a manager in the Miami, FL office. Next, he was hired as the tax director of Claire's Stores, Inc. (a publicly-traded retailer). Finally, before returning to school to pursue his doctorate, he was the controller for Aurafin Corporation, an international jewelry manufacturer and wholesaler.
He is a CPA, a CMA, and a member of the American Accounting Association (Financial Auditing, and Governmental Sections). In 2005–2006, McLelland served as an academic accounting fellow in the Division of Corporation Finance of the Securities and Exchange Commission.