Faculty Profile

Ross Stewart

Ross Stewart

Professor of Accounting

Email: rstewart@spu.edu
Phone: 206-281-2087
Office: McKenna Hall 229

Education: MCom, University of Auckland, 1979; MTS, Regent College, 1983; PhD, University of Glasgow, 1987. At SPU since 1986.

Ross Stewart's teaching areas include first-year Accounting, Intermediate Accounting, Accounting Theory and Social Venture Planning. He was Faculty Teacher of the Year at Seattle Pacific University in 2009. He was named the sixth Dean of the SPU School of Business, Government, and Economics in 2016.

Dr. Stewart consults on curriculum, accounting education, and business. He has educational experience in New Zealand, China, United Kingdom, Kenya, Canada, and the United States. He was a U.S. Fulbright Scholar in 2012 in Kenya. 

Dr. Stewart's publications and research interests include historical case studies, based on archival material; examining the development of accounting in its immediate organizational and broader business/environmental contexts; the study of the broad social, ethical, political, and theological contexts of accounting; accounting pedagogy; and social ventures. 

Selected Publications

  • "Farmers, Politics, and Accounting: The History of Standard Values — An Accounting Convenience or Political Arithmetic" (with Jill Hooks), Accounting Historians Journal, Vol. 38, No. 2, 2011.
  • "Interpreting Pictorial Messages of Intellectual Capital in Company Media" (with J.Hooks and N.Steenkamp), Qualitative Research in Accounting and Management, Vol. 7 No. 3, 2010.
  • "The Geography and Ideology of Accounting: A Case Study of Domination and Accounting in a Sugar Refinery in Australasia, 1900–1920," (with Jill Hooks), Accounting Historians Journal, Vol. 34, No. 2, December 2007, pp. 143–168.
  • ''The Deliberation Around Accounting Techniques: Accounting for Depreciation and Foreign Exchange in an Indian Jute Company, 1870–1900," Accounting, Business and Financial History, Vol XI, No. 2, 2001, pp. 193–223.
  • "Accounting and the Construction of Institutions: The Case of the Factory" (with E. J. Walsh), Accounting, Organizations and Society, Vol. 15, No. 7/8, 1993, pp.188–201.


Ross Stewart

Why I Teach at SPU

Ross Stewart, Dean and Professor of Accounting

"It is a joy to teach at SPU and participate with my students in the learning process. It is exciting to see students mature into emerging professionals who engage their vocations with grace and passion. The context of faith at SPU enables the head and the heart to come together. It is a privilege to be involved in this relational learning endeavor."