School of Business

Accounting Faculty

Dr. David M. Smith, CPA

Dr. Smith

Dr. David Smith began his teaching career at Robert W. Plaster School of Business 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 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

Professor of Accounting

Plaster Hall Office 309 H

417-625-3012  |

Dr. Mark Comstock, CPA

Dr. Mark Comstock, CPA

Dr. Mark Comstock has been a faculty member of the Plaster School of Business 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  |

Jef Garner, CPA, CMA, CPIM, GCB


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  |

Dr. William Huffman, CPA

Dr. William Huffman, CPADr. 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 PSB 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  |

Christi Mattix

Christi Mattix

Christi Mattix began teaching accounting classes in the Plaster School of Business 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  |

Jill Smith, CPA

Jill Smith, CPA

Jill Smith has taught Accounting at the Plaster School of Business 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 PSB 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  |