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Sondra Smith

Lecturer of Accounting
Faculty, Finance
Hayes Hall 255K
(765) 973-8537


  • Kennesaw State University, DBA (currently ABD anticipated graduation date 12/2017)
  • University of West Georgia, MPAcc, December, 1996
  • University of West Georgia, BBA in Accounting, August, 1990
  • Certified Public Accountant, State of Georgia


  • Smith, S., Cluskey, B. (2007) “Use of Missing Data in Securities & Exchange Commission Filings to Predict Bankruptcy,” Review of Business Research, IABE, VII(6), pp. 124-130.
  • Smith, S., Hodges, C., & Cluskey, B. (2006). “The impact of online quizzing on student success in an introductory financial accounting class,” Journal of College Teaching and Learning, Vol. 3, pp. 13-18.
  • EMC Paradigm, Co-authored textbook, “College Accounting” by Dansby, et al. (1999).

Selected Presentations

  • “Update on IFRS” to West Georgia Chapter of GSCPA’s,
  • “Personal Income Taxes” to students at University of West Georgia, Tyus Hall
  • “Diversity and Asset Management” at Women’s Financial Seminar

Memberships/Officers in Professional Organizations

  • Georgia Society of CPA’s (GSCPA)
    • Statewide council member
    • Educational Foundation Board Member
    • President, West Georgia Chapter of GSCPA’s
    • CPA Exam task force
    • Governance task force
    • Co-Chair, College 2 Career Conference
    • Co-chair, College Outreach Task Force
  • American Accounting Association (AAA)
  • American Institute of Certified Public Accountants (AICPA)
  • Georgia Association of Certified Fraud Examiners
  • Institute of Management Accountants
  • Georgia Association of Accounting Educators

Research Areas

  • Auditing: technology and data analytics including judgment and decision making, behavioral accounting, and GAAS regulations and rules.
  • Education: effect of technology on learning outcomes

Previous Experience

  • Academic - Lecturer in Accounting (1994-2017)
    • University of North Georgia
    • Mercer University
    • Kennesaw State University/SPSU
    • Shorter University (Assistant Professor)
    • University of West Georgia
    • West Georgia Technical College (Instructor then Director of Instruction)
    • Becker CPA review course (adjunct)
  • Professional (1988-1994)
    • Trent Tube, Controller
    • Wasdin, Darnell, Penland & Holmes, Staff Accountant

Areas of Professional Practice

  • Public accounting – auditing, financial reporting, taxation
  • Private accounting – cost/managerial accounting, leadership of accounting department, financial reporting
  • Management – hiring of all adjunct employees, room utilization, development of annual course schedule, compilation of procedures manuals for all department for four campuses

Selected Academic Awards/Recognition

  • 2012 Sigma Beta Delta honor society
  • 2009 Outstanding Volunteer by GSCPA’s
  • 2008 Outstanding Advisor from UWG Accounting Club
  • 2007 Completed Leadership Academy through GSCPA
  • 2006 Annual Faculty Service Award
  • 2006 Best Paper Award for Academic Research
  • 2002 Outstanding Faculty Member in Richards College of Business


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