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Dr. Robert Nass

Assistant Professor of Accounting

Dr. Robert Nass

I received a Bachelor of Business Administration with a specialization in Accounting and a double major in Mathematics from Wayland Baptist University in 2008. Afterwards I received a Juris Doctor from Baylor University in 2011. I am both a certified public accountant and a licensed attorney (both in the State of Texas). I have over a decade of experience in public accounting, including five years of being a senior partner. I have taught as an adjunct professor at Wayland Baptist University, and I am now a full-time accounting faculty member at Dallas Baptist University. I am a member of the AICPA, the Texas Society of CPAs, and the American Accounting Association.

Teaching Philosophy

My teaching philosophy is based on my private practice experience. Accounting is a profession. Similar to other traditional professions, accounting education must have a bent towards developing skills. Knowledge of accounting principles and rules is important; nevertheless, having the skills to actually prepare a tax return, to conduct an audit, and prepare financial statements is the real goal.

Faith Integration

The expression “it’s just business” is ill-conceived. When we walk through the doors of our businesses—whether it be a bakery or an accounting practice—we do not get to leave our morals behind, nor should we want to. Business is a facet of life, and as such personal relationships, ethical conundrums, and tough choices with far-reaching consequences are rife in business. Christ should be like the leaven that is at work in every choice we make. Accounting is based on integrity. Christ is our foundation for integrity. So, He is not simply integrated into accounting, He is integral to accounting.

Honors and Awards

I graduated Summa Cum Laude (GPA 4.0) at Wayland Baptist University and graduated Magna Cum Laude and first in my commencement class at Baylor University. I was a technical editor at the Baylor Law Review.

Professional Credentials

I am a certified public accountant in the State of Texas. I am also a licensed attorney in the State of Texas. Finally, I am a notary public.

Subjects of Instruction

I teach upper-level accounting courses, including Intermediate Accounting I and II, Income Tax I (taxation of individuals) and II (taxation of entities), and graduate level accounting courses. At the graduate level, I normally teach Tax Research and the capstone course for the MBA in Accounting.

Areas of Interest

Professionally, my main area of interest is taxation. I have many years of experience dealing with tax issues at the federal and state level, related to income tax and estate tax, nationally as well as internationally. As a Christian, I enjoy Christian apologetics. In fact, I try to include some Christian apologetics in my classes. I also find Christian doctrine and theology to be fascinating. Finally, at a personal level, I am interested in many things. I am a drummer (albeit a bad one), I enjoy fantasy novels and comic books, strategy games, disc golf, hiking, bicycling, and the outdoors in general.

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