John  Koeplin

John Koeplin, S.J.

Associate Professor

Fr. John Koeplin, S.J., Associate Professor of Accounting, is the embodiment of USF's core values. As a rigorous academic and devoted educator, Professor Koeplin's work centers on ethics in accounting and the teaching of Jesuit and Catholic business education.

Prior to his arrival at University of San Francisco in 1998, Fr. Koeplin worked as a tax accountant at ROLM Corporation and Hood and Strong, Certified Public Accountants. With expertise in managerial and financial accounting, Professor Koeplin has published a number of papers in distinguished professional and academic journals, receiving awards including the McLaughlin Prize for Research in Accounting Ethics by the Michael F. Price College of Business School of Accounting, University of Oklahoma (2000).

By approaching accounting education from a social and Christian perspective, Professor Koeplin hopes his students will be more transparent and be persons of integrity in their own practice, having seen through their coursework the various beneficial and damaging effects different kinds of financial decision-making can have on employees, stakeholders, communities, public confidence, global financial systems and our environment.

Professor Koeplin currently serves as a Board of Trustees Member for University of San Francisco and Santa Clara University, and his duties include chairing the Audit Committee at Santa Clara. Additionally Fr. Koeplin was appointed as Rector of the Loyola House Jesuit Community which encompasses Jesuits working at the University of San Francisco, St. Ignatius Parish, and St. Agnes Parish, both of which are in San Francisco.


Ph.D., Accounting, University of North Texas, TX, 1998
M.A., Divinity and Theology, Regis School of Theology, Denver, CO, 1991 (Ordained Roman Catholic Priest, June 1991)
M.B.A., Taxation, Golden Gate University, San Francisco, CA, 1983

Courses Offered
  • The following courses represent the last 3 years of teaching and do not represent the current course offerings.
The following list is a selection of recent publications and does not represent the entire body of research.

"Honesty and Ethics in Business: The Task of Educators Jesuit Business Education as a Model," The Business Renaissance Quarterly, Vol. 8, Issue 1, 2013 (with Joan Van Hise and Michael D. Whitty)

"Putting More Soul into Our Work: Teaching the Whole Person," The Business Renaissance Quarterly, Vol. 6, Issue 1, 2011 (with Michael Whitty)

"Teaching Leadership in the Ignatian Tradition: Two coasts; Two Business Schools," Annual Meeting of Colleagues in Jesuit Business Education Proceedings,Marquette University, Milwaukee, WI, 2010

"Teaching Freshman Business Students Ethics: A Case Study," The 3rd Annual American Institute of Higher Education International Conference Proceedings,Nashville, TN, 2009

"Sustainability Reporting Practices in Portugal: Greenwashing or Triple Bottom Line," The International Business and Economics Research Journal, Vol. 6, Nr. 9, pp. 29-39, 2007 (with Diane Roberts)

Honors and Awards

Outstanding Undergraduate Teaching Award, USF, 2003

Glen McLaughlin Prize for Research in Accounting Ethics, Michael F. Price College of Business School of Accounting, University of Oklahoma, 2000 (with Professor Diane Roberts)

Distinguished Service Award: University of San Francisco, McLaren School of Business, San Francisco, 1987


Roman Catholic Priest, ordained in 1991

Certified Public Accountant, State of California

Associate Dean for Academic Affairs, USF School of Management, 2005 - 2006

Chair of the Academic Standards Committee, USF, 1998 - 2005

John Koeplin, University of San Francisco School of Management