Associate Professor of Accounting John Koeplin shows his deep commitment to USF’s core values through teaching students. As a rigorous academic and devoted educator, Koeplin's work centers on ethics in accounting and the teaching of Jesuit and Catholic business education.
Prior to his arrival at the University of San Francisco in 1998, Koeplin worked at Hood and Strong, Certified Public Accountants, as a tax accountant at ROLM Corporation, and as an accounting instructor at Santa Clara University. With expertise in managerial and financial accounting, he has published a number of papers in distinguished professional and academic journals, and has received awards including the McLaughlin Prize for Research in Accounting Ethics from the Michael F. Price College of Business School of Accounting, University of Oklahoma (2000).
By approaching accounting education from a social and religious perspective, Koeplin hopes his students will be more transparent and serve as people of integrity in their own careers, having seen through their coursework the effects that financial decision-making can have on various stakeholders.
Koeplin currently serves as the chair of the accounting department here at the University of San Francisco.
- Member of the Board of Trustees, Downtown College Preparatory School (San Jose) (2016-current)
- 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
- 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
- Member of the Board of Trustees at Santa Clara University (2012-2016) Chair of the Auditing Committee (2014-2016)
- Member of the Board of Trustees at the University of San Francisco (2011-2016) Chair of the Auditing Committee (2014-2016)
- Roman Catholic Priest, ordained in 1991
Awards & Distinctions
- 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
- The following list is a selection of recent publications and does not represent the entire body of research.
- “Using the Ignatian Pedagogical Paradigm to Form Ethical Leaders,” Co-Author: Joan Lee. Journal of Jesuit Business Education, Forthcoming (2018).
- “The Presence of Jesuit Values in a Selection of University of San Francisco Courses: The Students’ Perspective”, Co-Authors: Moira A. Gunn, Paul Lorton, Jr., Kathleen Kane, Nola Masterson. Jesuit Higher Education: A Journal, Volume 4, No. 2, 2016
- “The Ignatian Pedagogical Paradigm and the Global Imperative of Biotechnology”, Co-Authors: Moira A. Gunn, Paul Lorton, Jr., Michael D. Whitty. Jesuit Higher Education: A Journal ,Volume 4, No. 1, 2015.
- "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)
- "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
- "Putting More Soul into Our Work: Teaching the Whole Person," The Business Renaissance Quarterly, Vol. 6, Issue 1, 2011 (with Michael Whitty)
- "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)