Barney Barnett School of Business & Free Enterprise
131 Rogers Building (R)

John Stancil, Ph.D.
Professor of Accounting

“Teaching accounting is about enabling the student to become a good accountant. Particularly in my field of taxation, the facts are constantly changing. While certain information must be learned, the focus should be more on obtaining an understanding of the underlying system so that the student knows how to incorporate changes into his/her body of professional knowledge.”

Dr. John Stancil is professor of accounting at Florida Southern College, where he specializes in tax and cost accounting. He is a CPA, CMA, and CFM and passed all exams on the first attempt. He holds a DBA from the University of Memphis and an MBA from the University of Georgia. In addition to his teaching duties, he maintains a CPA practice with an emphasis in taxation.
Dr. Stancil has worked in the hospitality industry, serving as controller for a major downtown Atlanta hotel. In addition, he has experience in the mortgage industry and has worked in public accounting for what was then one of the Big 8 firms.

An active member of the community, Dr. Stancil serves on the Financial Stability Partnership of United Way of Central Florida. He is also treasurer of His Nets, an international not-for-profit organization and he serves on the finance team at Legacy Christian Church. 
Dr. Stancil has presented a number of papers at academic conferences. He worte the Instructor's Manual for the 13th edition of Horngren's Cost Accounting. He is published in the Palmetto Business Review, The Encyclopedia of Business in Today's World, The CPA Journal, and has several publications pending. His paper, "Building Sustainability into the Tax Code" was recognized as the outstanding accounting paper at the annual meeting of the South East of InfORMS. He is a leading expert in the area of Taxation on the website He frequently writes about tax topics on his blog,


Ph. D., Business Administration, University of Memphis
M. B. A., Business Administration,  University of Georgia
B. S., Accounting, Mars Hill College

Honors and Awards

Florida Southern Outstanding Faculty Volunteer - 2008

FICPA Outstanding CPA in Public Service, 2005

Outstanding Paper in the Accounting track, SEinFORMS, 2010

Passed CPA, CMA, CFM, CIA, and CGFM certifications on the first attempt with honorable mention for the CIA.

Courses Taught

Accounting Principles; Cost Accounting; Managerial Accounting; Federal Tax Procedure; Corporate Income Tax; Advanced Managerial Accounting; Tax Planning and Research; Seminar in Contemporary Taxation

Current Projects and Research Interests

Sustainability and Taxes; S Corporations; Non-profit tax issues

Recent publications

Stancil, J., Instructor's Manual for Cost Accounting: A Managerial Emphasis 13e, by Horngren. Prentice-Hall, 2008

Stancil, J., Taxation Talk, a monthly tax column in the Polk County Business Journal.