Jim DeSimpelare is a lecturer of accounting who has been with the University of Michigan since 1993. He has taught a variety of financial accounting and tax classes—most recently, advanced financial accounting and advanced federal income taxation—and has received several awards for outstanding teaching, including the 2012, 2010, 2008, and 2006 Ross School of Business Master of Accounting Teaching Excellence Award. In addition to lecturing, DeSimpelare has been involved in a number of student and community activities, including serving as the faculty adviser for the National Association of Black Accountants, mentor for the University of Michigan Tax Challenge team, and faculty liaison for the Volunteer Income Tax Assistance Program. He is also active in consulting, corporate seminars, and preparing candidates for the CPA examination. He completed his undergraduate education at Michigan State University in 1985 and his graduate education at Indiana University in 1992. He received his CPA from the State of Michigan in 1987. Prior to joining the University of Michigan faculty, he taught at Indiana University, worked as a fixed income security analyst for Conseco, Inc., and worked as a tax consultant for Ernst & Young. He is a member of the Michigan Association of CPAs and the American Taxation Association.