David M. Beights Chair in Accounting, Professor or Associate Professor of Accounting

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School of Business Administration

Position: David M. Beights Chair in Accounting, Professor or Associate Professor of Accounting

Stetson University’s School of Business Administration invites applications for a senior academic leader to serve as the David M. Beights Chair in Accounting at the rank of Professor or Associate Professor. This is a full-time faculty position in the M. E. Rinker, Sr. Institute of Tax and Accountancy, eligible for tenure, beginning in the fall 2019 semester.

The Beights Chair was established in 1981 following a fundraising campaign to honor Dr. David M. Beights. Known as the "dean of Florida accountants," Dr. Beights pioneered the development of accounting programs at colleges and universities across the state.  The Chair was established in his honor to recognize the standards of excellence for which he was known; to preserve the excellence of Stetson's accountancy program; and to attract prestigious professors at the School of Business Administration.  Initial appointment to the Beights Chair will be for three years and is renewable based on performance.


The Beights Chair must represent the highest standards in teaching and research, personal integrity, and community leadership. She or he must hold a Ph.D. or equivalent terminal degree in Accounting from an AACSB accredited institution. We seek a leader with demonstrated excellence in teaching undergraduate and graduate students, a strong record of scholarly publications and related activity, and an active scholarly agenda. The successful candidate will also have strong interpersonal, organizational, communication, and administrative skills; a solid record of academic leadership; and a successful record of mentoring junior faculty members. Particularly important is experience in providing vision and leadership at the department, school, and university levels for innovative undergraduate, graduate, and executive programs. Experience in innovative high-impact teaching techniques and collaborative research is advantageous.


Stetson University tenure-track faculty typically teach three unit courses each semester. Teaching responsibilities will depend on the candidate’s disciplinary expertise and may include offerings for the University’s requirements in General Education.

The Beights Chair in Accounting is expected to play a leadership role in the M. E. Rinker Sr. Institute of Tax and Accountancy. Mentoring junior faculty, working with undergraduate and graduate students, preserving and enhancing the reputation of Stetson’s accounting programs, helping to develop a vision for the Rinker Institute, engaging in significant outreach efforts to accounting firms as well as the state and national accounting communities are some of the essential responsibilities of the Beights Chair.

For more information on our expectations in teaching and scholarship, our tenure policies, and our support for faculty development, please see the Office of the Provost and Academic Affairs website: www.stetson.edu/provost.

For more information on our expectations in teaching and scholarship and our support for faculty development, please see the Office of the Provost and Academic Affairs website: http://www.stetson.edu/provost.  

The Department:

The mission of the M. E. Rinker, Sr. Institute of Tax and Accountancy (www.stetson.edu/accounting) is to offer intellectually challenging undergraduate and graduate education that facilitates the development of our students as successful accounting professionals. The focus of the department's educational program is excellence in teaching in a rigorous, yet supportive, learning environment. The department currently serves more than 140 undergraduate students and about 30 graduate students.

The department’s course requirements meet the CPA exam requirements and offer a seamless transition from the undergraduate program into the Master of Accountancy program.

School of Business Administration:

Stetson's School of Business Administration (www.stetson.edu/business) is one of a handful of elite business schools that has both business and accounting programs accredited by AACSB International. The School's programs are based at three of the University's four locations:

  • The DeLand campus hosts all undergraduate programs in the Lynn Business Center, a state-of- the-art classroom and computer lab facility. The DeLand campus is also home to all accounting graduate programs.
  • The Stetson University Center at Celebration, located in Celebration, FL, a planned community near Disney World, offers the Executive MBA and MBA programs.
  • The Gulfport campus, home of the College of Law, hosts all components of the JD/MBA program, with select MBA courses offered at the Center at Celebration.

The School of Business Administration is well-known for its academically rigorous learning environment. In small classes and beyond, faculty mentors help students to achieve their academic and professional goals. All members of the University community share a commitment to social and ethical responsibility, leadership development, and lifelong learning. The School offers a bachelor of business administration, a master of accountancy, a master of business administration, and an executive master of business administration, as well as several distinctive programs including the Joseph C. Prince Program in Entrepreneurship, the Roland and Sarah George Investments Institute, the Family Enterprise program, the Centurion Sales Program, and the summer Study Abroad Program in Innsbruck, Austria. The School sponsors a chapters of both Beta Alpha Psi and Beta Gamma Sigma.

The University: 

Founded in 1883, Stetson University (http://www.stetson.edu) is a private, selective university comprised of a rich array of liberal arts and professional academic programs. Collectively, Stetson’s faculty works with nearly 4,000 students in undergraduate, graduate, and professional programs. The University’s historic main campus, located in DeLand, enrolls more than 3,000 students in undergraduate programs in the College of Arts & Sciences, the School of Business Administration, and the School of Music. Stetson University College of Law, Florida’s first law school, moved from the main campus to Gulfport in 1954, and, with the addition of the Tampa Law Center, serves approximately 1,000 students working full-time or part-time toward J.D. or LL.M. degrees. Graduate programs offered at the main campus and at Stetson University Center in Celebration include Business, Accounting, Elementary Education – Education for Social Justice, Educational Leadership, Counseling, and Creative Writing.  Florida’s oldest private institution of higher learning, Stetson has regularly been ranked among the best regional universities in the Southeast and was the first private college in Florida to be granted a chapter of Phi Beta Kappa.

Stetson University provides an inspiring education that engages students with rigorous academic and creative study grounded in liberal learning and promotes civic values of personal and social responsibility. Working closely with faculty and with one another, students cultivate abilities to explore issues deeply, think critically, reason empirically, speak persuasively, and connect ideas creatively. Firmly committed to inclusive excellence, our vibrant community of teacher-scholars nurtures the potential of individual students to lead lives of significance and prepares each to meet the challenges of shaping the future—locally, nationally, and globally.

The Community:

DeLand is a picturesque residential community of 32,000 located 20 miles west of Daytona Beach and 35 miles northeast of Orlando. The area offers extensive cultural as well as recreational activities.

Salary:  Salary is competitive.

Starting Date:  August 12, 2019


Applicants must send the following materials for consideration:

  • Letter of application addressing teaching and scholarly achievements. Candidates are encouraged to highlight skills and experiences that demonstrate a commitment to social justice, diversity and inclusion.
  • Detailed Curriculum Vitae.
  • Statement of the candidate’s approach to fulfilling the vision for the Beights Chair and its responsibilities of teaching, scholarship, and service.
  • Statement of interest in also serving as department chair.
  • Three reference letters, addressing the candidate’s readiness for this position.
  • Graduate transcripts—photocopies acceptable for screening purposes.
  • Offprints or websites with publications or other documents that are relevant to the duties of the Beights chair.

Application materials may be submitted electronically to Dr. Yiorgos Bakamitsos, Beights Search Committee Chair, at [email protected] While electronic submissions are preferred, alternatively application materials may be mailed to:

Dr. Yiorgos Bakamitsos, Beights Search Committee
Chair School of Business Administration
Stetson University
421 N. Woodland Blvd. Unit 8398
DeLand, FL 32723

All correspondence will be held in strictest confidence. The Search Committee will begin its formal review of applications on October 1, 2018, and finalists will be invited for campus interviews early in the spring term. The Search Committee will review applications until the position is filled.

Stetson University is an Equal Opportunity Employer that affirms cultural diversity and inclusion as a core value of academic excellence at Stetson University. We are committed to achieving equal access in education, employment, and participation through the recruitment and retention of outstanding faculty, staff, and students from diverse backgrounds, and to meaningful academic and intellectual transformation in curriculum, research and service. We are dedicated to actions and policies that foster a community in which individuals with various identities, cultures, backgrounds, and viewpoints work together to create opportunities for engagement through rewarding and fulfilling careers and personal experiences in a culturally and racially diverse society and a globalized world. We strongly encourage members of historically under-represented and economically-disadvantaged groups and women to apply for employment. Stetson University is an EEO, ADA, ADEA, and GINA employer.




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Posted: 8/31/2018
Application Due: 10/30/2018
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Salary: salary is competitive