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“For any business career, a solid background in accounting is critical for success,” Anthony says of his enthusiasm for his field. “I’ve always stayed very on top of world events politically, but also economically, and I bring a lot of that background into the classroom. Many business problems are global problems. I show how to use accounting information to address supply chain problems, marketing problems. Eventually, it comes down to the numbers.”

Joe Anthony

Associate Professor Accounting

Associate Professor Joseph Anthony’s unusual route to accounting professor started while teaching political science during the Vietnam War.

Anthony, who earned a bachelor’s degree in political science from Pennsylvania State University, was asked to teach a section of Introduction to Political Science during his senior year.

“That’s why I always had an interest in teaching after that,” he says. “Political science was made more relevant, due to current events.”

At the same time, Anthony had begun taken accounting classes in a quest for a marketable skill. He liked the classes, and stayed on at Penn State to earn his master’s degree in accounting. After completing his degree, he went to work for Ernst and Ernst, as the firm was then called.

“I’d always thought about getting a Ph.D., and I’d gotten tired of the job – you’d advise clients and the next year, they’d do the same thing wrong again,” Anthony says. He started teaching at the University of Louisville to make sure he truly enjoyed academic life, then headed to Ohio State University for his doctorate. In 1983, he arrived at MSU.

Since joining the faculty at Broad, Anthony has taught every financial accounting class at one time or another, from Intro to Ph.D.-level seminars. He helped created a study abroad program for accounting students, and has led the study abroad program for the Executive MBA students for several years.

Anthony’s knowledge of the field is recognized well beyond the walls of MSU: He co-authors a textbook, Advanced Accounting, published by Pearson and now in its 12th edition, that is the no. 1-selling textbook worldwide (no. 2 in the United States). The textbook has been translated into three foreign languages; Anthony is currently working on the 13th edition.

“For any business career, a solid background in accounting is critical for success,” Anthony says of his enthusiasm for his field. “I’ve always stayed very on top of world events politically, but also economically, and I bring a lot of that background into the classroom. Many business problems are global problems. I show how to use accounting information to address supply chain problems, marketing problems. Eventually, it comes down to the numbers.”


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