We don't have any such people around here at my university, everyone on the faculty here (average State U, AACSB) is capable of teaching intermediate accounting courses. Some teach governmental, some AIS, some international, some tax, but none of them did anything light and fluffy in their PhD programs, and if they did, they still have work experience and/or a CPA. I agree that a CPA is desirable and many universities make it a drop dead requirement, but I'll still stand on what I said, even if someone focused on accounting ethics or something fuzzy in a PhD program, so long as that PhD was from an AACSB university or overseas equivalent, so long as they are willing to teach principles, intermediate accounting, etc. and don't have something horribly wrong with them, some school will wave six figures at them and offer them a job. There are simply not enough accounting PhDs to fulfill the demand, universities are flat out desperate, this is why salaries are climbing towards (and for flagships and elites, above) $200K. Totally agreed. They'd salivate over him with that math and CS background if he just did one of the various online master's in accounting programs for people without an undergrad degree in accounting (and Stanislav, they definitely exist and can oft be completed in 18 months or so). With your background, bet you'd start at $150 - $200K.