Joe D. Seltz

Senior Professor of Practice

Joe Seltz


Raised in Texas (Abilene & Houston) and moved to Pittsburgh Pennsylvania in 1964. Joined Arthur Andersen (Pittsburgh) in 1976 and became an Audit Partner in 1987. In 1992 became Partner-in-Charge of the Pittsburgh Audit Division and a member of Andersen's Worldwide and U.S. Manufacturing Industry Specialty Teams. Appointed Director of Andersen's Worldwide and U.S. Steel Industry Program in 1994. Over twenty years of experience serving as the lead engagement partner or advisory partner on numerous public companies (including IPO's) and private companies in various industries with emphasis in the manufacturing, distribution and engineering & construction industries. Client base has included U.S. multi-location companies, U.S. multi-national companies and subsidiaries of Non-U.S. public companies with revenues ranging from several hundred million to $3+ billion. Experience also includes involvement with mergers and acquisitions, projections and other projects (such as arbitration and litigation consulting). Direct involvement with SEC discussions on various accounting matters and consultation on projects around the world including privatization projects in China. Experience also includes Sarbanes Oxley Section 404 procedures and reporting. After Andersen ceased operations in 2002 joined Ernst & Young as an Audit Partner. At E&Y served as an audit partner and, for his last three years, in E&Y's legal department assisting with litigation and SEC investigation matters. Awards and Accomplishments: Directed and achieved U.S. Department of Education STEM designation for Master's accounting program (2022). Bauer College of Business – Department of Accountancy and Taxation Outstanding Service Award 2016

Research Interests

  • Matters dealing with public accounting and financial reporting.

Areas of Expertise

  • In general: GAAP, GAAS, Financial Reporting, COSO, PCAOB and SEC Rules and Regulations. Have been directly involved with the SEC Accounting and Enforcement Staff in: (a) various discussions on reporting and disclosure matters for clients and (b) in advisory roles in SEC investigations of accounting and financial reporting matters.

Academic Associations & Editorial Boards

Extensive involvement in the Department of Accountancy & Taxation separate AACSB Accounting Accreditation process (2015 to present). Responsible for the creation, administration and management of the successful application to achieve STEM designation for the Master of Accounting Degree Program in 2023. Accepted invitation to become an AICPA Academic Champion which was extended by the AICPA in 2023.

Activities & Interests

Enjoy the outdoors and spending time with my wife and my three daughters and their families.

Contact Info

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  • Auditing (Graduate - Advanced and Undergraduate), Managerial Accounting, IFRS (Graduate), Intermediate Accounting I and Financial Reporting Frameworks. Chair - Graduate Accounting Curriculum Committee (2014 to 2019).


CPA, CIA, CFE and CMA professional certifications. AICPA Academic Champion. Member of Beta Gamma Sigma. Duquesne University (Pittsburgh) with honors.