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Faculty Feature: Ludwig Christian Schaupp, David & Nancy Hamstead Professor of Accounting

Dr. Christian Schaupp

Morgantown native Dr. Christian Schaupp was destined to be a professor from his early childhood.

With parents who both dedicated their lives to working in higher education – his father a vice president at Fairmont State University, and mother the dean of its business school before landing the provost position at North Allegheny Community College in Pittsburgh – Schaupp was raised by the quintessence of role models who showed him how to study hard and work even harder.

Schaupp graduated from West Virginia University with a degree in accounting and headed to Virginia Tech for his master’s and doctorate degrees. After a decade-long stint with University of North Carolina at Wilmington, he jumped at the chance to return to his hometown to teach and pursue his research when a position opened up in the accounting department.

“WVU is a Research I university that allows me to place much more of an emphasis on research than I had the chance to at my previous position at UNCW,” Schaupp said. “Not only that, but the variety of course offerings is much greater here, and I’ve gotten to teach a wider variety of students than I ever encountered before coming to WVU.”

Dr. Schaupp recently received the David and Nancy Hamstead Professor of Accounting endowed professorship, primarily for his outstanding research that earned his work a spot in A+ journals for two consecutive years, as well as his teaching performance and level of service. Schaupp’s research publications, “The value of social media for small businesses,” as well as “Identifying ontological modifications to the resource-event-agent (REA) enterprise ontology using a Bunge-Wand-Weber ontological evaluation,”landed him in the Journal of Information Systems in both 2013 and 2014.

“For the accounting world, we have about 10 A+ journal outlets, and since I’m in systems, the reality is that there is only one A+ journal for my work to be considered,” Schaupp said. “To have the honor of my work being published in Journal of Information Systems twice consecutively is a big deal, and shows me that I’m on the right track with my research productivity.”

Currently, Schaupp is teaching both undergraduate students, as well as those from online executive MBA, MPA, international business and more. Additionally, during his eight years at B&E, he has accompanied a group of MBA students each year on an educational trip to Germany.

Dr. Christian Schaupp accompanys MBA students each year on an educational trip to Germany.

“The Germany trip is by far my favorite part of the year, and a great privilege for me to watch as our students learn hands-on about international business,” Schaupp said. “Most of these students have never traveled internationally before, and my goals of that trip are to help them feel comfortable traveling and familiarize them with the culture.”

Schaupp’s uncle, Dr. Dietrich Schaupp (former professor of management), began taking students to Germany 15 years ago and brought Schaupp along with him to eventually take the reins when he retired.

“We train them in the MBA program to have the ability to work at multinational companies, and if they’ve never traveled before it’s a difficult task. Our hope is that by immersing them with university students in Germany at our sister schools, Fulda University of Applied Sciences and Munster School of Business and Economics, we’re giving them connections to come back at some point in their lives.”

In addition to his research and teaching duties, Schaupp coordinates the masters and Ph.D. programs for accounting, oversees admissions, handles graduate assistantships, helps Ph.D. students put together their plans of study, matches students with advisors based on their research wants and needs, and more – and on top of those tasks, he confirms degree certifications at the end of each semester.

Due to his high regard among his peers, Schaupp was recently contacted by the Public Company Accounting Oversight Board (PCAOB) to nominate an exceptional student in accounting for a PCAOB Scholarship, for which he immediately thought of — and successfully nominated — graduate accounting student Jared Proctor.

“I was incredibly happy for him, Schaupp said. “This is a tremendous accomplishment and, to my knowledge, is the first time anyone from WVU has been awarded this scholarship.”