Cal Poly Professor Recognized For Accounting Ethics Research

Steven MintzThe CPA Journal honored Cal Poly accounting Professor Steven Mintz for his research in accounting ethics.

He will receive the publication’s 2014 Max Block Award in the informed comment category for his article “Revised AICPA Code of Professional Conduct: Analyzing the Ethical Responsibilities for Members in Public Practice and Members in Business,” which appeared in the journal’s December 2014 edition.

In the article, Mintz explains how the 2014 changes to the American Institute of CPAs’ ethical code of conduct affects its more than 400,000 members in the performance of their ethical and professional responsibilities. The article provides practical examples of ethical dilemmas CPAs face and how those challenges can be met within the confines of the Code of Ethics.

Mintz will accept the award at the forthcoming CPA Journal Annual Editorial Board Meeting in New York. The annual Max Block Distinguished Article Award was established 40 years ago to honor the authors of the publication’s best articles in the categories of technical analysis, informed comment and policy analysis. The winners are selected by the members of the CPA Journal Editorial Board and Editorial Review Board.

Mintz was also recognized for his research in 2014 by the journal Issues in Accounting Education, which listed him as one of the top 50 scholars for publishing in the field of accounting education since 2008.

A veteran professor and dean in the California State University system, Mintz joined Cal Poly’s Orfalea College of Business in 2006. His “Accounting Ethics” textbook has been adopted by 40 colleges and universities. He also writes blogs on ethics issues in business and society ( and on workplace ethics (