Teachers, Professors and School Administrators


As accounting educators, CPAs are members of the faculties of colleges of business administration, professional schools of accountancy, graduate schools of business and community colleges. As accounting faculty members, CPAs instruct students in areas such as auditing, financial accounting, taxation, cost and managerial accounting, professional ethics, as well as many other interesting areas. In addition to their teaching requirements, CPA educators conduct research to expand the body of accounting knowledge and author books and articles on accounting theory. Due to their research expertise, many educators also serve as business consultants to companies and firms as well as expert witnesses in litigation situations.

Audit Committees
Positions are available as an Audit Committee Chair or Audit Committee Member for public companies, private companies, not-for-profit organizations and government organizations.

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Becoming A Professor?

Important Facts:


Tuition for doctoral students is often funded by the institution or through another scholarship or grant program.

Doctoral students may receive stipends for work as research assistants and/or instructors.

Most doctoral programs are organized around a 4 year schedule, but there are exceptions. 

The Tenure Track

Most Professors are in tenure track positions. This means that a new PhD commonly starts with a college/university as an Assistant Professor. After approximately 6-8 years (depending on the institution), they are eligible to apply for tenure.

After tenure, the next step is Associate Professor. Many institutions require a professor to be an “associate” for at least five years after achieving the rank.

After approximately 10 years, a professor commonly applies for the rank of full professor.