Better Know A Faculty: Dr. David DeBoskey, Financial Reporting and Analysis

Throughout the remainder of the year, the Better Know A Faculty series will shed some extra light on the outstanding faculty of San Diego State’s Sports MBA program. These interviews and stories have been compiled throughout the last few years by various Sports MBA classes. Our next Better Know A Faculty will feature Dr. David DeBoskey, written by Johnny Du, SMBA ’13.

Professor David DeBoskey is our next Better Know A Faculty profile as we try to pick up the pace a little with time winding down in the calendar year. Dr. DeBoskey teaches BA 650: Financial Reporting and Analysis, aka Accounting, one of the four core “foundation” courses that kick off the curriculum each year.

Dr. DeBoskey spent over a decade in the workforce before returning to academia, obtaining his Accounting Ph.D. from Rutgers and joining the SDSU faculty in 2006. He has been cited in articles from Reuters and Bloomberg, among others.

Our time with him this year was spent on financial statements (income statement, balance sheet, statement of cash flows, statement of shareholders’ equity), debits and credits, assets and liabilities, learning different accounting methods and principles (IFRS and GAAP), auditing, “return on” concepts (ROE, ROI, RNOA, etc.). Our class’s big project was a presentation on the financial statements of representative companies in industries such as oil, beer and pharmaceuticals.

Thanks for answering our questions, Dr. DeBoskey!

1) When did you start teaching in the program? How did the opportunity come about?

I started teaching in the program in 2007. My first class I taught was a managerial/cost accounting class that has since been removed from the program. A retiring professor (Bob Capettini) offered me the position to teach.

2) What do you enjoy most about teaching in the Sports MBA program?

I really enjoy the students and their enthusiasm towards sports. I am a big sports fan and find it a great opportunity to link together two things I am passionate about: Sports and Accounting. 🙂

3) In your respective course, what are the main takeaway(s) you are hoping the cohort gets (or got, if the course has completed)?

I hope that students will appreciate the importance of financial reporting and analysis. As well, I hope they realize that financial statements aren’t that scary and to be more comfortable discussing numbers in their future jobs.

4) Someone walks up, says they have been offered admission into SMBA ’14 and asks you “Why should I enroll?” Your response is:

Follow your passion and everything will work out!

5) Your (hopefully inspirational and uplifting) sports movie of choice is…? Because…?

I hate to sound cliche… but Jerry Maguire is one of my favorites. However, Bull Durham is one of my all time favorite sports movies.


Originally post on the San Diego State SMBA Class of 2013 blog

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