Joel Tuoriniemi

Joel C. Tuoriniemi


  • Professor of Practice in Accounting, College of Business
  • Director of MS in Accounting Program
  • Ed and Betty Robinson Accounting Fellow
  • JD – Michigan State University (Detroit College of Law)
  • Taxation and Estate Planning Concentration


Joel Tuoriniemi joined the SBE as a lecturer in 2002 and assumed his current position as Assistant Professor of Taxation in Fall 2008. Joel has won the University’s Distinguished Teaching Award, the SBE’s Teaching Award, and has also been inducted into the University’s Academy of Teaching Excellence. He is a member of the American Taxation Association and Taxation Section of the Michigan Bar Association. A native of the Keweenaw, Joel and his wife Julianne (MTU ’95) have three children, Wyatt, Hanna, and Hunter. He enjoys spending time with his family, golfing, and hockey.

Teaching Interests

  • Taxation
  • Accounting
  • Legal Environment of Business

Research Interests

  • Equitable Relief in Tax Disputes
  • SFAS 142 Goodwill Impairments
  • Reasonableness Determinations in Contract Interpretation
  • Inequality of Bargaining Power