Michael Shaub, CPA and clinical professor of accounting at Mays Business School at Texas A&M University, has received the Texas Society of Certified Public Accountants’ (TSCPA) 2008 Outstanding Accounting Educator Award. Shaub was honored at a Dallas ceremony in October during the TSCPA Accounting Education Conference. The accomplished faculty member received a plaque and a $1,000 award provided by the TSCPA Accounting Education Foundation.

The statewide TSCPA Outstanding Accounting Educator Awards honor Texans who have shown a commitment to teaching excellence as well as distinguishing themselves through active service to the accounting profession. Criteria for judging includes instructional innovation, student motivation, the pursuit of learning opportunities for students, involvement in student and professional accounting organizations, and research accomplishments and publications.

“Mike Shaub’s dedication to the accounting field, both in and out of the classroom, are highly worthy of recognition,” said Mays Business School Dean Jerry Strawser. “He’s an outstanding and caring faculty member that is clearly passionate about his subject and his students.”

Establishing a personal relationship with students is one of Shaub’s main classroom priorities. His classes can sometimes have 200 students; he makes it a goal to know every student’s name and a little bit about each one. Through practical lessons, Shaub prepares students for the corporate world as he applies business scenarios in the classroom, always with an emphasis on ethical conduct. Shaub places his students in ethics accountability groups for an annual project that challenges them to analyze the opportunities, motivations and rationalization for cheating in his course. This exercise deepens students’ understanding of internal controls and the fraud assessment process that they will use in real life business situations.

Outside of the classroom, Shaub focuses his research efforts on issues with practical implications for the accounting field. His studies include the realms of accounting ethics, as well as trust and professional skepticism, which Shaub has studied for the last 20 years. The scholar’s research efforts have resulted in a dissertation, many academic articles and book reviews. Shaub is a member of the American Institute of CPAs and participates in the Texas Society of CPAs, Brazos Valley chapter.


TSCPA ( is a nonprofit, voluntary, professional organization representing Texas CPAs. The society has 20 local chapters statewide and has 28,000 members, one of the largest in-state memberships of any state CPA society in the United States. TSCPA is committed to serving the public interest with programs that advance the highest standards of ethics and practice within the CPA profession.