Shane Cox '05

Associate Professor of Accounting

Phone Number:
Office Location:
McNeill Hall 26
Office Hours:
Office hours vary by semester. Please contact Laura Davison, administrative assistant, for current hours. 515.961.1652.

Office hours can also be made by appointment.
Certifications / Licenses:
Certified Public Accountant (inactive status), 2006

Iowa Society of Certified Public Accountants

* M.B.A., Drake University, 2010
* B.A., Accounting, Simpson College, 2005

Professional Experience:
* The Federal Home Loan Bank – DSM, Derivative Accountant, 2007-2010
* KPMG LLP, Audit Associate II, 2005 – 2007
* United State Navy (Active Duty), 1996 – 2000
Gunners Mate, USS Sides FFG-14

Accounting, in my opinion, is the greatest profession available today and is very rewarding for those who choose to pursue a career in it.  Accountants have a tremendous responsibility to the capital markets, and their efforts impact every area of our economy.  From proper presentation of financial results to overseeing the audits of companies, accountants in all areas serve the public.  The career options in accounting are vast including working in public accounting, the private sector, or in public service.  In today’s times, it is crucial to not only be gainfully employed, but to be able to establish and maintain a secure career.  Accounting will provide you with a rewarding and secure career if you put forth the effort.

My commitment to students at Simpson College comes down to three general areas.  First, I want to provide students with the technical knowledge and critical thinking skills to master all areas of accounting and successfully complete the Certified Public Accountant examination.  I encourage all accounting majors to sit for the CPA exam immediately after graduation. The CPA license is the premier designation in both the public and private sector.  Second, I work hand-in-hand with students during the internship and job search process and am willing to reach out to employers to assist.  Last, I focus on helping students examine their roles in communities and society and how to be effective and ethical citizens.  The importance of character and ethics in the accounting profession cannot be overstated.  Simpson College has a great reputation in the business community and I am committed to continuing that tradition.

The accounting profession is a critical component in our society and there is strong demand in the field.  It always amazes me when students begin a career in public accounting starting at salaries at approximately $50,000 – $55,000 after graduation.  The opportunity is unbelievable. The Bureau of Labor Statistics lists the median annual wage of accountants at $63,550 (2012).  I strongly recommend all accounting majors consider starting their careers in the public sector.  Further, I encourage them to consider starting in a Big 4 firm as that career path offers a tremendous amount of opportunity.

If you would like to discuss the profession, the CPA examination, or the importance and responsibilities of accountants to capital markets and society in general, feel free to contact me.  At the end of the day, it comes down to being able to earn a solid living and having the opportunity to contribute to society in an ethical and responsible way.  My colleagues in the accounting department and I are committed to helping you succeed in those areas.



Accounting Capstone

Individual Income Taxes

Intermediate Accounting I

Introduction to Accounting

Taxation of Business Entities


Accounting Information Systems

Accounting Internships, Faculty Sponsor

Advanced Accounting

Recommended Websites

Iowa Licensing Division –

Iowa Society of Certified Public Accountants –

American Institute of Certified Public Accountants –

Internal Revenue Service –

Bureau of Labor Statistics –



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