Josh Sauerwein

Josh Sauerwein, DBA, CPA

Associate Professor of Accounting


Office: Hoover 138

Office Hours: By appointment only

Josh Sauerwein has been a part of George Fox University's College of Business since 2012. Before coming to George Fox, he was a faculty member at Bethel College (Ind.). Prior to teaching, he worked as a business valuation consultant, public accountant, controller and associate/executive pastor. Sauerwein earned his doctorate in accounting through Anderson University (Ind.), an MBA from Emporia State University (Kan.) and a bachelor's in accounting, finance and management from Tabor College (Kan.). He currently holds a CPA license and has aspirations of obtaining his Accredited Business Valuation (ABV) certificate.

Sauerwein lives in Newberg with his wife, Michelle, and three children, Kaiyen, Isaac and Maycen. When he isn't teaching, researching or visiting with students, he enjoys reading, fishing, hiking, camping and a good fall Saturday of barbecue and watching Kansas State University football.

Professor Sauerwein Teaches:

  • Principles of Accounting (Management and Financial)
  • Intermediate Accounting (I, II, and III)
  • Cost Management
  • Corporate Taxation
  • DBA Accounting Seminar


  • DBA, Anderson University 
  • MBA, Emporia State University
  • BA, Tabor College

Community Service

  • Pre-marital counseling for students
  • Volunteer with Love, Inc.
  • Council member of Newberg Foursquare Church
  • Newberg Rookie League baseball coach

Research Interests

  • Accounting ethics
  • Accounting education and pedagogy
  • History of accounting in the United States

Selected Publications/Presentations

Peach, N.D., Sauerwein, J., Sikkema, S. Virtues and Exchange: A Biblical Reframing of Adam Smith’s Vision of Marketplace Ethics. Submitted to Journal of Biblical Integration in Business.

 Exploring culture‐specific learning styles in accounting education. (2015). Journal of International Education in Business. S. Sikkema & J. Sauerwein.

 Management theory’s impact on external financial reporting (2014), Advances in Business Research, volume 5 (1), pg.63‐73.

The Role of Christian Faculty in Restoring Accounting Professionalism (Spring, 2013), Christian Business Academy Review, pg. 73‐80.

Ethical Sensitivity in Practicing Accountants: Religiosity and Workplace Spirituality. (October 2015) Christian Business Faculty Association, Norfolk, VA.

Techniques for restoring a holistic business education.. (October 2015) Christian Business Faculty Association, Norfolk, VA.

The Lost Virtues of Adam Smith: Rediscovering the Importance of Holistic Business Education. (October 2015) Faith and Teaching: Virtues, Practice, Imagination, Grand Rapids, MI (Calvin College)

Building an educational bridge: Blurring the lines between higher education and business practice. (October, 2014) ABCSP – Western Council of Business Schools and Programs‐ Region 7, Victoria, CA.         Voted Best Presentation and accepted for national conference.

A Christian Business Perspective on the Development of Student Character. (October, 2013) Virtues and Vices Conference, Grand Rapids, MI (Calvin College)

Integrating Professionalism into the Accounting Curriculum. (October, 2013) Christian Business Faculty Association Conference, Bourbonnais, IL.

The Intersection of Culture and Learning in Accounting Education: Findings and Implications. (April, 2013) American Accounting Association, San Francisco, CA.

Given an illiquid, yet transparent, market, is it ethical for management of banks to use Level 3 inputs to increase the fair value of mortgage‐backed securities, when Level 2 inputs are available? (Oct. 23, 2011) Elemental Ethics Conference, Boston, MA.

International Financial Reporting Standards Changes and Updates (Oct. 14, 2010) Guidance Wealth Professional Issues Update Conference, Mishawaka, IN.