Kirsten Cook is a Professor of Accounting and the Director of the School of Accounting
in the Rawls College of Business at Texas Tech University. After graduating with an
Associate in Arts from McLennan Community College and a Bachelor of Business Administration
and Master of Accountancy from Baylor University, he worked in the Tax Division at
Jaynes, Reitmeier, Boyd & Therrell, PC before earning a PhD from Texas A&M University.
Cook taught for five years at the University of Arizona before joining the faculty
at Texas Tech in 2013. He teaches undergraduate income tax accounting, graduate tax
research and planning, and a doctoral colloquium in tax accounting research. Cook
has served on the dissertation advisory committees of more than a dozen doctoral students,
chairing three. He also holds leadership positions in the American Taxation Association
and the American Accounting Association Diversity Section, where he served as President
in 2021-2022. He is an Editor for Issues in Accounting Education and has served on
the editorial review board of Journal of the American Taxation Association.
At Texas Tech, Cook has served on the Faculty Senate and the President's Gender Equity
Council, as a Teaching Academy member, and as a Rawls College Co-Director of Diversity,
Equity & Inclusion. He has participated in the Institute for Inclusive Excellence
and the Texas Academic Leadership Academy. He has received the 2017 Excellence in
Teaching Award, the 2021 Excellence in Faculty Service Award, and the 2021 Jerry S.
Rawls Excellence in Undergraduate Teaching Award from the Rawls College.
Cook's scholarship addresses taxation, earnings management, corporate social responsibility,
and diversity. He has published his work in Contemporary Accounting Research, Accounting
Horizons, Decision Sciences, Human Resource Management, Issues in Accounting Education,
Journal of the American Taxation Association, Journal of Business Finance & Accounting,
and Journal of Management Accounting Research.