Tuesday, September 11, 2012

Cornhusker by birth, Jayhawker by association

by Dan Dutcher

Prof. Tom Kubick
Growing up in Lincoln, Neb., home of the former Big 12 Cornhuskers, gives Tom Kubick an obvious interest in football. In fact, he has almost no idea what it’s like to be at a school with a basketball team of championship caliber.

Kubick, the new assistant professor of accounting and information systems, has a good feeling about the University of Kansas School of Business.

“My colleagues have been successful,” Kubick said. “The ability to work with people who are very good at what they do, both in the classroom and in research, is very important. It’s a very inspired academic environment.”

Kubick has a bachelor's degree in management, a master’s in professional accountancy and a doctorate in business with a concentration in accounting. He received all of these degrees from the University of Nebraska. Nearly all of his family attended the University of Nebraska which makes it a special place to him. 

So why did he choose to come to KU?

“KU has always been viewed, in my mind, as a great school,” Kubick said. “I feel very fortunate to be close to home in such a well respected academic environment. I’m excited to be here.”

Kubick teaches tax but has a professional background in financial planning. This led him to research the crossroads of the two areas. Most of his research is on tax avoidance, which he says is a new and very active area of research. Kubick has also added several professional certificates to his resume over the years. Although he’s not using them directly right now, he says that it does provide value to students interested in earning the same certificates.

In addition to teaching and research, Kubick is excited to learn about KU basketball.

“I’ve always enjoyed watching Kansas teams over the years,” Kubick said. “I’m looking forward to my first KU basketball game.”