Joseph Comprix

Chair, Joseph I. Lubin School of Accounting
Associate Professor of Accounting

(315) 443-3674
Room: 611

PhD, the University of Illinois

Professor Comprix has worked as a staff accountant and accounting manager at Mead Corp. He holds a PhD in accounting from the University of Illinois and taught at the State University of New York at Buffalo and Arizona State University before joining the Whitman School. He currently teaches financial accounting in the MBA program. Professor Comprix has been a member of the Whitman faculty since 2008. He was chosen as the Whitman Graduate Faculty of the year for 2011, 2012, and 2013. He also received an Excellence in Graduate Teaching Award from the Graduate College in 2012 - one of only six awards campus-wide in 2012. Professor Comprix has recently published in journals such as the Journal of Accounting and Economics and the Journal of the American Taxation Association.

Research Topics

  • Pensions
  • Accounting Restatements
  • International Financial Reporting Standards

Financial Accounting

Professor Comprix’s research is focused on pension accounting, accounting restatements, and International Financial Reporting Standards.

Selected Publications
  • "Bias in Quarterly Estimates of Annual Effective Tax Rates and Earnings Management", Journal of the American Taxation Association, Vol. 34 No. 1, 31-53, 2012, (with L. Mills and A. Schmidt)
  • "Pension Plan Accounting Estimates and the Freezing of Defined Benefit Pension Plans", Journal of Accounting and Economics, Vol. 51 Nos. 1-2, 115-133, 2011, (with K. Muller)
  • "Empirical Evidence on the Impact of Book-Tax Differences on Divergence of Opinion among Investors", Journal of the American Taxation Association, Vol. 33 No. 1, 51-78, 2011, (with R. Graham and J. Moore)
  • "Asymmetric Treatment of Reported Pension Expense and Income Amounts in CEO Cash Compensation Calculations", Journal of Accounting and Economics, Vol. 42 No. 3, 385-416, 2006, (with K. Muller)
  • "CFO Characteristics and Earnings Restatements", Accounting Horizons, Vol. 19 No. 3, 123-135, 2005, (with J. Aier, D. Lee, and M. Gunlock)


  • Guttag Junior Faculty Award (for outstanding service), 2013
  • Whitman School of Management Graduate Faculty of the Year based on excellence in teaching (voted by the graduate students), 2011, 2012, and 2013
  • Excellence in Graduate Education Faculty Recognition Award (awarded by the Graduate College, one of only six recipients campus-wide), 2012
  • Lubin Research Fellow 2011-2012