School of Business
Dr. David Smith began his teaching career at Robert W. Plaster School of Business Administration in 1995. Prior to teaching he was a tax manager at Deloitte and Touche in Chicago and Minneapolis and also worked as a consultant for Texas Instruments. Dr. Smith sat for and passed the CPA exam on his first attempt in 1984.
Dr. Smith currently serves as the department head for Accounting and Finance. He is serving on the Faculty Welfare, Faculty Assessment and the Faculty Personnel committees. In the past, Dr. Smith has served on the university’s Strategic Planning Committee, Student Research Grant Committee, and the Long-Range Planning Committee. He has also served as the co-advisor for the MSSU Accounting Club as well as Delta Mu Delta Honorary Society.
Courses: Tax Accounting I, Tax Accounting II
Degrees: PhD in Accounting, University of North Texas, 1997
Masters in Accounting, University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign, IL, 1984
BSBA in Accounting, University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign, IL, 1983
Department Head of Accounting and Finance
Professor of Accounting
Plaster Hall Office 309 H
417-625-3012 | Smith-D@mssu.edu
Dr. Mark Comstock has been a faculty member of the School of Business Administration here at MSSU since 1993. Prior to coming to MSSU, he taught at North Carolina State University in Raleigh, North Carolina. Dr. Comstock is a Certified Public Accountant as well as a Diplomate in the American Board of Forensic Accounting. He has been published in numerous journals, including the Journal of Psychometrics and Management Accountant. Dr. Comstock has presented twice at national conferences and currently serves on the Board of Directors of the Accreditation Council for Business Schools and Programs (ACBSP). He is also serving as president of our regional group of ACBSP.
Courses: Principles of Managerial Accounting, Financial Statement Analysis, Cost Accounting, Forensic and Investigative Accounting
Degrees: Ph. D. in Accounting – University of Oklahoma, Norman, Oklahoma
B.S. in Business Administration – Missouri Southern State University, Joplin, Missouri
Professor of Accounting
Plaster Hall Office 309A
417-625-3122 | Comstock-M@mssu.edu
Jef Garner came to MSSU in 2014 from a career in the supply chain operations of chiefly Fortune 100 firms at sites in a dozen states from coast to coast. A fifth generation “factory rat,” his former industry employers served industrial and consumer markets for durable goods as well as foods and beverages. Garner’s professional work involved enterprise systems installations, plant start-ups and shut-downs, corporate education programs, and all facets of operations accounting and internal controls.
Jef is a Certified Public Accountant (CPA) and a Certified Management Accountant (CMA), and he earned the Wall Street Journal Award in Finance. His work in manufacturing positioned him to certify in Production and Inventory Management (CPIM) and to earn a General Certificate in Brewing (GCB). His service work has included the professional accounting organizations, numerous university business student organizations, scouting and sports for girls and boys, local food banks, and teaching and financial roles in community organizations supporting youth and adults.
Garner’s research explores the convergence of U.S. Generally Accepted Accounting Principles (GAAP) and the International Financial Reporting Standards (IFRS) and the processes needed to enculturate the change for global financial reporting.
Courses: Controllership, Financial Accounting Theory, Basic and Advanced Cost Accounting, and Principles of Managerial Accounting
Degrees: PhD Candidate (ABD) in Applied Management and Decision Sciences (AMDS), Accounting Concentration, Walden University.
Post Graduate Studies, Controllership and Decision Support, University of Memphis, 2007
Master of Science (MS), Accounting Systems, University of Memphis, Memphis, TN, 2002
Post Baccalaureate Accounting Studies, California State University, Long Beach, CA, 1983
Bachelor of Business Administration (BBA), International Business, Loyola Marymount University, Los Angeles, CA, 1977
Instructor of Accounting
Plaster Hall Office 309C
417-625-9503 | Garner-Jef@mssu.edu
Dr. Will Huffman, CPA, has over 20 years teaching experience and began his instructional career at Kansas State University. Prior to teaching, Dr. Huffman worked as an accounting firm senior and staff accountant. Dr. Huffman has served as Past President of Joplin Tri-State Chapter, Institute of Management Accountants and Faculty Adviser for Lambda Gamma Chapter, Delta Mu Delta, the International Honor Society for Business students. His current research includes ethics seminars for continuing professional education. Dr. Huffman has been recognized by MSSU's School of Business for Advising Award (2009) and the Blackboard Teaching Award (2005) and has served on the SOBA Strategic Planning Committee, MSSU Faculty Senate, Academic Policies Committee and the Student Success Task Force.
Courses: Auditing, Intermediate Financial and Capital Accounting, Governmental and Nonprofit Accounting and International Accounting
Degrees: PhD, University of North Texas, Denton, Texas, 1998.
Master of Accountancy, Kansas State University, Manhattan, Kansas1991.
Bachelor of Science in Business Administration, Pittsburg State University, Pittsburg, KS, 1985.
Professor of Accounting
Plaster Hall Office 309G
417-625-9778 | Huffman-W@mssu.edu
Christi Mattix began teaching accounting classes in the School of Business Administration as an adjunct instructor in 2008. She taught for three and a half years before being hired as a full-time faculty member in the Fall of 2011. Before coming to MSSU, she was the Administrative Services Manager for a local not for profit organization for nearly 5 years.
She always had a love of numbers and learned of her desire to teach during her junior year at MSSU. Teaching is her passion and she has since been awarded the PSB Excellence in Teaching award for the 2013-2014 academic year.
She has served on numerous committees including the Orientation and Training Committee, PSB Faculty Development Committee, and PSB Student and Alumni Affairs Committee. She is currently the faculty advisor for the MSSU Accounting Club and MSCPA member.
Courses: Principles of Financial Accounting, Principles of Managerial Accounting, and Accounting Information Systems
Degrees: MBA, Pittsburg State University, Pittsburg, KS, 2007
BSBA, Missouri Southern State University, Joplin, MO, 2005
Instructor of Accounting
Plaster Hall Office 309E
417-625-3546 | Mattix-C@mssu.edu
Jill Smith has taught Accounting at the School of Business Administration since 1995. Prior to coming to MSSU, she taught in the Accounting Department at the University of St. Thomas, in St. Paul, Minnesota. In addition, Smith worked as a graduate teaching assistant at the University of Minnesota and Senior Accountant at Deloitte & Touche accountancy firm.
Smith’s interest in accounting began when she was a college sophomore and was inspired by her professor. She has passed on that same heartfelt love of the field and supportive understanding for students when teaching and advising her own students today. Smith has received numerous honors and awards including the 2010 MSSU Outstanding Faculty Advisor, the 2008 SOBA Outstanding Advisor Award, and the 2005 MSSU Outstanding Teacher Award. She is also the Advisor of the MSSU Accounting Club.
Smith has served on several campus committees including the Teaching and Learning Committee, High School Outreach Committee, and Social Responsibility Committee. She is a member of the Missouri Society of Certified Public Accountants (MSCPA) and the MSSU Alumni Association.
Courses: Principles of Financial Accounting, Principles of Managerial Accounting and Intermediate Accounting
Degrees: MBA, University of Minnesota, Minneapolis/St. Paul, MN, 1987
BABA, Missouri Southern State University, Joplin, MO, 1982
Assistant Professor of Accounting
Plaster Hall Office 309D
417-625-9593 | Smith-J@mssu.edu