Karen C. Farmer

Senior Lecturer
James Benjamin Department of Accounting


Karen Congo Farmer, CPA, CA (Canada) is a senior lecturer at Mays Business School at Texas A&M University, who teaches Cost Accounting, Ethical Decision-Making, and Energy Accounting. She also designs content and leads executive education programs for corporate clients through the Center for Executive Development at Mays Business School.

Having completed her Hons B. Comm. Degree at McMaster University in Hamilton, Ontario, Canada, Karen worked in assurance services at Ernst & Young, LLP before transitioning to an accounting role simultaneously with a teaching role at Western University, in London, Ontario, Canada. Leveraging industry and academic experience, Karen taught professional accounting students for ten years through CPA Ontario’s rigorous programs.

Karen is the 2018 and 2013 recipient of the David and Denise Baggett Teaching Award, which recognizes extraordinary accomplishments in teaching innovation, curriculum development and student service. In addition to those roles, Karen facilitates workshops featuring the experiential business simulation Income/Outcome, and provides consulting and accounting services to small business clients in the Houston area.


Most recently, she is authoring a 1st edition Cost Accounting textbook for John Wiley & Sons, Inc. (Wiley) with online videos and resources to accompany.