Joseph Ugrin


Accounting Head and Professor

Joseph Ugrin

CBB 331

(319) 273-7101

Joseph Ugrin


Accounting Head and Professor

Joseph Ugrin was born in Cedar Rapids and raised in Montana, where his family owned an aviation business. There, he learned about business and met interesting people from around the world. He pursued his CPA, and after 10 years in the accounting profession, Ugrin began a career in higher education.

Ugrin believes higher education should prepare students for success beyond the classroom. He provides an opportunity for students to excel in their academic pursuits by providing a learning environment that facilitates student participation and encourages open discussion and debate.

Hobbies & Interests
Ugrin enjoys spending time with family, pick-up basketball, old motorcycles, fishing, playing the piano and his dogs.

Teaching Interests

Managerial and Financial Accounting, Accounting Information Systems

Research Interests

Professor Ugrin researches human behavior and decision-making in accounting and information systems. He specializes in experimental and survey-based research, and examines questions like, “How do business people choose different types of accounting treatments? How does ethics and integrity influence their decisions? How do they formulate decisions to make investments in structures and technologies? How do they decide to spend their worktime?” He also researches the effects of educational practices and pedagogies on student learning. He is currently the associate editor for Advances in Accounting.

Professional Accomplishments

Research Awards
2018 American Accounting Association Best Research Paper Award - Forensic Accounting Section
2016 American Accounting Association Best Research Paper Award - Teaching, Learning and Curriculum Section
2012 American Accounting Association McGraw-Hill Irwin Distinguished Research Paper Award - Southwest Region

Grants Awards
Institute of Management Accountants
National Association of State Boards of Accountancy
Koch Industries
Kansas State University
Pontikes Center for Management Information

Academic Service Positions
American Accounting Association - Accounting Programs Leadership Group
AICPA Pre-Certification Education Executive Committee (Past-Member and Committee Chair)
Consultant to AICPA on Managerial Accounting Curriculum
Associate Editor - Advances in Accounting
Editorial Board Member - Journal of Information Systems
Editorial Board Member - Accounting Educators Journal

Administrative Positions
College Coordinator - University Honors Program (Kansas State University)

Professional Positions
Financial Manager - Steffes Corporation
Certified Public Accountant - Kovash and Dasovick PC (North Dakota)

Community Service Positions
Board Member - Iowa Heartland Habitat for Humanity