Somer G. Anderson Ph.D., CPA, CGMA, CFE Expertise: Accounting, Corporate Finance, Economics, Financial Planning, Fintech, Foreclosure, Investing, Mortgages, Personal Finance, Retirement, Statistics, Taxes, Technical Analysis, Trading Title: Assistant Dean—Accounting, Finance, & Economics and Assistant Professor—Accounting & Finance Education: Kansas State University, University of Missouri, Columbia Location: St. Louis, Missouri Highlights Member of The Balance's Financial Review BoardPh.D. and CPA, with over 20 years of experience in the accounting and finance fieldsPublished in peer-reviewed publications such as the Journal of Financial Planning, Financial Services Review, Journal of Family and Economic Issues, Journal of Financial Counseling and Planning, and Family of Consumer Sciences Research JournalTeaches and advises students in accounting, finance, and economics at Maryville University Experience Somer G. Anderson has been working in the accounting and finance industries for over 20 years as a financial statement auditor, a finance manager in a large healthcare organization, and a finance and accounting professor. Over that time, she's earned a doctorate in personal financial planning and her CPA, CGMA, and CFE certifications.She has a passion for increasing American's financial literacy in everyday areas like banking, lending, and credit cards, and has published her related research in peer-reviewed publications such as the Journal of Financial Planning, Financial Services Review, Journal of Family and Economic Issues, Journal of Financial Counseling and Planning, and Family of Consumer Sciences Research Journal.As a professor of finance and accounting, Somer provides her students with insight into a wide range of topics, including accounting, auditing, and taxes, and career advice for those interested in becoming a CPA and working in accounting.Her experience in professional and academic settings has furthered Somer's standing as an expert in a wide range of financial topics including accounting, banking, bankruptcy, corporate finance, financial planning, insurance, taxes, and accounting. "I believe luck is preparation meeting opportunity. If you hadn't been prepared when the opportunity came along, you wouldn't have been 'lucky.'" - Oprah Winfrey Education Somer G. Anderson is a CPA with a Ph.D. in personal financial planning from Kansas State University and a Master of Accountancy from the University of Missouri. She has published her work on financial literacy and retirement issues in numerous peer-reviewed journals. Additionally, she has been awarded the Teaching Excellence Award from the Accreditation Council for Business Schools and Program (ACBSP) and the Robert O. Hermann Dissertation Award from the American Council on Consumer Interests. About The Balance The Balance, a Dotdash Meredith brand, makes money easy to understand. We give people tools they need to not only make smart financial decisions but also prepare for the experiences they will have along the way. Our team of expert writers and editors have extensive qualifications in the topics they cover, and many of them have MBAs, PhDs, CFPs, and other advanced degrees and professional certifications. We require our writers to use primary sources in their articles, which are also approved by our Financial Review Board and fact-checked. You can learn more about the standards we follow in producing accurate, unbiased content in our editorial policy.