Jim Shelton

Harding University
Associate Professor - College of Business Administration
3 White Oak Circle , Searcy, Arkansas 72143


Professional Interests

Research: Ethics, Social Responsibility Accounting

Teaching: Governmental and Non-Profit, Financial and Managerial

Academic Background

Ph.D.  University of Mississippi,  Oxford, Mississippi,  Accountancy,  1998

M.Sc.  Harding University,  Searcy, Arkansas,  Accounting,  1989

M.Sc.  University of Southern Mississippi,  Hattiesburg, Mississippi,  Economic Development,  1986

B.A.  Harding University,  Searcy, Arkansas,  Psychology,  1982


Certified Public Accountant (inactive), 5193, 1990


American Accounting Association
American Association of Certified Public Accountants

Association of Certified Fraud Examiners

Work Experience

Academic Experience

Associate Professor of Accounting, Harding University (August, 2006 - Present).  

Associate Professor of Accounting, Freed-Hardeman University (1991 - 2006).  

Graduate Teaching Assistant, Harding University (1988 - 1989).   Taught Principles of Accounting.

Instructor in Business, Rochester College (1986 - 1988).  

Non-Academic Experience

Accounting -- Operating Budgets and Control, Arkansas Power and Light Company (May, 1989 - May, 1991).  

Assistant Director, Sedalia-Pettis County Development Corporation (June, 1985 - June, 1986).  

Economic Development Intern, Arkansas Power and Light (May, 1984 - August, 1984).  

Machine Operator, Bryce Corporation (1980 - 1983).   Ran a machine at a flexible packaging plant while I was in school.


2007:  Service Tools Inc., Changed out computer hardware for Service Tools, Incorporated.

2007:  Service Tool, Inc., Updated Service Tool's computers with security software.

2003:  Jackson/Madison County Chamber of Commerce, Consulting project to determine the feasibility of the development of an intermodal transfer facility (train/truck trailer piggy-back transport) in Jackson, TN.

Other Teaching Activities

Course (New) - Creation/Delivery: Conventional

2006 - Building on last year's business ethics class in England, another course is planned for 2006. Activities include a tour of The Kilns and Magdalen College. In addition, tours are planned for the BBC in London, HCA International in London, and BMW Group in Oxford.

2006 - Governmental and Non-Profit Accounting

2005 - Developed and coordinated the delivery of a business ethics course in the United Kingdom. Using the writings of C.S. Lewis to make the case for right and wrong and then apply that to a business context; the class included tours of C.S. Lewis' home, The Kilns, and Magdalen College, Oxford University. Company tours were also arranged at Jaguar Motors in Birmingham, Vodafone in Newbury, and British Sky Broadcasting in London.

Distance Learning

2006 - Training for online e-moderators with the University of Liverpool, United Kingdom

Innovations in Course Content / Presentation

2008 - Faculty member for the COBA London program during the fall of 2008. Students and faculty lived in London and traveled throughout Ireland and the UK in course-related activities. Activities included company and industry tours and visits, cultural and historical visits, guest lecturers, as well as traditional classroom activities.

Intellectual Contributions:

Refereed Articles

Shelton, J. G. (in press, 2009).  Introducing C.S. Lewis to the Business Ethics Student. CBFA Journal, 5.

Shelton, J. G. & Mauldin, S. (2003).  The 150-Hour Rule: Revisiting the Public Choice – Public Interest Debate. Journal of Accounting and Finance Research, 11 (2).

Shelton, J. G. (1999).  Review of the book Corporate Social Awareness and Financial Outcomes . Managerial and Decision Economics, 20 (6), 343-344.

Presentation of Refereed Papers


Shelton, J. G. (1997). Introducing the Profit Motive in Education: A Pre-Civil War Example.   Presented at Academy of Accounting Historians Conference , Toronto, Canada.


Shelton, J. G. (2002). The 150-Hour Rule: Revisiting the Public Choice – Public Interest Debate.   Presented at Annual Meeting of The American Academy of Accounting and Finance , New Orleans, Louisiana.


Shelton, J. G. (1997). The 150-Hour Rule: Self-Interest Dressed in a Cheap Public Interest Suit? .   Presented at Southeast Regional Meeting of the American Accounting Association, Nashville, Tennessee.

Shelton, J. G. (1996). The Influence of the Disclosure of Corporate Charitable Contributions: An Empirical Investigation.   Presented at Southeast Regional Meeting of the American Accounting Association, Richmond, Virginia.


The Impact of Social Responsibility Disclosures on Investors

Papers Under Review

Shelton, J. G. (2009). "Introducting the Profit Motive in Education: A Pre-Civil War Example," initial submission to Journal of Mississippi History.

Other Research Activities

Other Publications

2008 -  Wrote an article entitled 'Government-Mandated Fair and Affordable Rent' for the student publication Libertas Exemplar. April 2008.

2008 -  Wrote an article entitled 'GDP and Healthcare' for the student publication Libertas Exemplar. March 14, 2008.


Service to the University

Department assignments:


2007-2008:  MFT Analysis Committee


2006-2007 through 2007-2008:  COBA Graduate Council

University assignments: 


2004-2005:  IT Committee

2000-2001:  Financial Resources and Institutional Advancement Subcommittee of the Southern Association Self-Stud

1998-1999:  Financial Resources and Institutional Advancement Subcommittee of the Southern Association Self-Stud


2004-2005:  Admissions Committee

2003-2004:  Student Life Committee

2003-2004:  Faculty Salary Committee

2003-2004 through 2005-2006:  Chapel Committee

2002-2003:  University-Church Relations Committee

1999-2000 through 2002-2003:  Faculty Advisory Committee

1999-2000 through 2001-2002:  University Planning, Assessment, and Budget Committee

Mentoring Activities:

2008-2009:  McNair Scholar Mentor - Oliver Ferguson: Served as a mentor for the research activities of McNair Scholar Oliver Ferguson in the summer of 2008.

2008-2009:  McNair Scholar Mentor - Jacob Schroeder: Served as a mentor for the research project of McNair Scholar Jacob Schroeder in the summer of 2008.

Other Institutional Service Activities:

2005-2006:  Evaluator of Financial Audit Proposals: Read and evaluate five audit proposals from CPA firms. These firms are bidding to do the annual audit of the university.

Service to the Community

Other Church Activities

2009:  Truth Project (Sunday night small group meetings)

2008:  Loaves and Fishes, Help deliver food to needy families in the area through the Loaves and Fishes program at the Downtown Church.

Pulpit Minister

2007:  Kensett Church of Christ, Presenting morning and evening sermons once a month at the Kensett Church of Christ.

Faculty Development

Instructional-Related Conference

2009:  Truth Project Regional Training Conference. The Truth Project Curriculum is a systematic and comprehensive biblical worldview study that looks at all of life. Conferences focus on training one to take a Bible-centered view regarding theology, anthropology, veritology, law, politics, economics, art, literature, and culture. Nashville, Tennessee.

2009:  Worldview Weekend. A conference that brings in Christian speakers and authors who give presentations related to issues involving sociology, business, culture, politics, and apologetics. Little Rock, Arkansas.

Technology-Related Training

2007:  Live Text training. Searcy, Arkansas.

2006:  WebCT CE6 training. Searcy, Arkansas.

2006:  Sedona Web training. Searcy, Arkansas.



2004:  Named Distinguished Professor of Accounting, Freed-Hardeman University.

Last updated: 11-Aug-09 (06:35 PM)