Steven Mark, PhD

Associate Professor of Accounting


  • PhD Educational Administration & Supervision
  • MA Business & Office Education
  • BA Accounting, University of South Florida

Courses Taught

  • Principles of Accounting I
  • Principles of Accounting II
  • Intermediate Accounting
  • Cost Accounting
  • Advanced Cost Accounting
  • Governmental & Non-Profit Accounting
  • Accounting Information Systems
  • Auditing
  • Macro and Micro Economics
  • Principles of Finance
  • Management Information Systems
  • Operations Management
  • Business Strategy
  • Business & Organizational Communications

Teaching Focus

Dr. Mark’s primary teaching focus centers on Accounting Information Systems and Cost/Managerial Accounting, having had years of hands-on corporate experience.  As a corporate controller at small companies, his experience includes heavy general accounting duties.  In addition, Dr. Mark has taken on Intermediate and Auditing as the need arose for course coverage. In addition, Dr. Mark has 10 years of direct teaching experience I a variety of online environments.  Dr. Mark prides himself on getting to know all of his students by name and in providing a professional atmosphere in the classroom.

Dr. Mark has a wide variety of research interests, including the expanding use of XBLR as a reporting mechanism for publicly traded companies, the emergence of value-based accounting for specialized financial instruments arising out of the 2008 financial collapse (FASB 157), and the use of three-dimensional online immersive virtual environments (3DOLIVES) as an educational delivery platform.  He has four articles in accounting, finance, and management out for review and is currently working on a major project concerning the use of Second Life (a 3DOLIVE) as a teaching tool for emergency management skills with the Colleges of Education and Veterinary Medicine at Texas A&M University.

Dr. Mark has published articles in a variety of journals and other publications, and has prepared and presented over 150 hands-on workshops and presentations at state, regional, and national conferences.  He is active in a variety of professional organizations including the American Accounting Association, Institute of Management Accountants, and the National Business Education Association.



Dr. Mark, originally from Toledo, Ohio, received a Bachelor of Arts in Accounting from the University of South Florida and embarked on 12 years of hands-on corporate accounting, spending several years as a Controller for a property management company and manufacturing company. During this time he converted three companies from manual accounting to computerized accounting systems, oversaw the implementation of distributed computerized accounting activities, and as he says, “did a lot of green eyeshade and sleeve garter” general ledger work.  After receiving ‘the call’ to become a teacher, Dr. Mark decided to teach business and accounting at the high school level, earned a Master’s Degree in Secondary Vocational and Business Education, and subsequently taught 3 years in a rural Catholic high school in Ohio.  Being encouraged by mentors in his Master’s Degree program, Dr. Mark earned his Doctor of Philosophy in Higher Education from Bowling Green State University, which included a cognate area in Business Education.

For much of his career Dr. Mark taught technology education at the college level, primarily business and organizational communications and emerging instructional technologies, both in face-to-face and online environments.  In 2011 through a strange set of occurrences, Dr. Mark changed disciplines, becoming “retooled” as an accounting professor, largely because of his experience in accounting information systems and managerial accounting.  Most recently he was an Associate Professor Education at Lander University, a small public university in upstate South Carolina.

Dr. Mark has a wife, three grown children, two Scottish Terriers, and a Harley-Davidson motorcycle.  His wife Christine is an Assistant Professor of Human Resource Development and Technology Management in the College of Education at Texas A&M University, College Station, Texas, and also rides her own Harley Davidson.  The Scottish Terriers, Molleigh and Duke, are not impressed with either of them.

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