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Graduate Certificate in
Accounting Foundations

Faculty

Ph.D., Management, Claremont Graduate University
M.S., Business Administration, Penn State
MBA, Management, Claremont Graduate University
B.A., Business-Economics, University of California, Santa Barbara

Dr. Scott Collins has served on the Smeal College of Business faculty since 2012, bringing more than 15 years of experience in accounting practice and teaching to his position at Penn State. Before joining Penn State, he served as a staff auditor, a plant controller, and a financial controller. Dr. Collins teaches undergraduate and graduate courses related to financial accounting, managerial accounting, and accounting information systems. In addition to his teaching duties, he serves as the director of Penn State’s one-year Master of Accounting (MAcc) program.

Ph.D., Accounting, Penn State
BBA, Accounting and Finance, Texas Christian University

Dr. Shelley Curling is an assistant teaching professor in the Smeal College of Business. She takes great joy in teaching Auditing, Managerial Accounting, and Intermediate Financial Accounting to undergraduate and graduate students. Her research interests include the use of the MD&A in mandatory financial disclosure and the impact of emerging technologies on the auditing function.

MBA, Penn State
Master of Taxation, Villanova University School of Law (Joint LL.M. program)
B.S., B.A., Economics, Penn State

Edward R. Jenkins, CPA, CGMA, is a seasoned business executive with an extensive educational background in business. That combination of experience and education provides practiced realism in his writing and teaching. His teaching interests include taxation, accounting, international business, and finance. His research interests include taxation, accounting, and finance, with special interests in multinational taxation, mergers and acquisitions, and ASC 740.

Professor Jenkins is a member of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants (AICPA) Tax Executive Committee (TEC). The eighteen members of the committee are responsible for tax policy and advocacy for the AICPA; TEC provides advice to Congress, Treasury, and the IRS regarding statutes, regulations, and other policy/procedure matters. Additionally, TEC is responsible for the development and maintenance of enforceable professional standards of tax practice for CPAs.

MBA, Supply Chain, Penn State
B.S., Accounting, Penn State
Certified Public Accountant

Suzanne A. Wright enhances her teaching with practical experience in managerial and financial accounting and various areas of supply chain. She thoroughly enjoys teaching Accounting Systems and Control, and Intermediate and Advanced Financial Accounting. She chairs the Education and Engagement working group of the Smeal College Sustainability Council and spent several years on the Smeal Ethics and Integrity team. Suzanne taught two summer programs in China and will begin teaching a three-week course on Sustainability and Technology this May at Pforzheim University in Germany.

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