Brigham Young University
Professor Cottrell joined the faculty at Brigham Young University in 1991. He currently serves as the Associate Director of the School of Accountancy. Prior to coming to BYU he spent five years at The Ohio State University, where he earned his Ph.D. Before pursuing a career in academics he worked as an auditor and consultant for the firm of Ernst & Young in their San Francisco office.
At BYU, Professor Cottrell has developed and taught a case-based accounting and auditing research course in the graduate program, and also has taught financial accounting and corporate financial reporting courses in the School of Accountancy, the MBA program, and the Finance program. He has received numerous awards from the alumni and faculty for his teaching and curriculum development. He has received the Outstanding Professor Award in the college of business as selected by the students in the Finance Society; he has received the Outstanding Teaching Award as selected by the Marriott School of Management; and he is a four-time winner of the collegewide Teaching Excellence Award for Management Skills, which is selected by the Alumni Board of the Marriott School of Management at BYU. In 2005 he was named as a University Faculty Fellow for Teaching and Learning with Technology.
Professor Cottrell also has authored many articles about accounting and auditing issues. His articles have been published in Issues in Accounting Education, The Journal of Accounting Case Research, The Quarterly Review of Distance Education, Journal of Accountancy, The CPA Journal, Internal Auditor, The Tax Executive, and The Journal of International Taxation, among others.