Debra M. Cosgrove
Associate Professor of Practice
M.P.A, with emphasis in taxation, University of Nebraska Lincoln, 1989
B.S.B.A. with Emphasis in Accounting, With High Distinction, University of Nebraska Lincoln, 1988
- Accounting Information Systems
Deb Cosgrove joined the college in fall 2001 as a full-time lecturer and has since been promoted to Associate Professor of Practice. Her teaching responsibilities include Accounting Information Systems and Managerial Accounting. She has won several teaching awards, including Nebraska Society of CPAs Outstanding Educator, College of Business Administration Excellence in Teaching, Beta Alpha Psi Educator of the Year, and recognition by the Parents’ Association for her service to students. Cosgrove has been the faculty advisor for Beta Alpha Psi since 2004 and received awards for UNL New Advisor and UNL Advisor of the Year. She has been faculty advisor for the College of Business Administration Student Ethics Board since 2015.
Cosgrove graduated from UNL with BSBA in 1988 and a Master of Professional Accountancy degree in 1989. She began her professional career in the tax department of the Arthur Andersen Omaha office. She earned her CPA license in 1991 and has maintained an active license since then. Cosgrove left Arthur Andersen in 1995 to accept a controller position at an Omaha advertising agency. She was ultimately promoted to Vice President of Finance over the six years she worked at the advertising agency.
Cosgrove is active in the American Accounting Association Information Systems section. She is also President of the Accounting Information Systems Educator Association. She belongs to the AICPA, Nebraska Society of CPAs, and Institute of Management Accountants. Cosgrove has published teaching cases and projects. She regularly reviews teaching cases and projects for publication, and presents at professional conferences. She continues to perform consulting work during the summer breaks. She also owns an art and antique resell business.