Graduate Certificate in
Accounting Foundations


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

    Dr. Scott Collins has served on the Smeal College of Business faculty since 2012. He teaches courses in financial accounting, managerial accounting, and accounting information systems, and he serves as the director of Penn State's one-year Master of Accounting (MAcc) program. Prior to his time at Penn State, Collins served as a staff auditor with a multibillion-dollar CPA firm, a plant controller at a multibillion-dollar food manufacturing company, a financial controller at a pre-IPO internet startup company, and an adjunct faculty member for multiple universities.

  • Shelley Curling
    • Degree
      Ph.D., Accounting, Penn State
    • Degree
      B.B.A., 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.

  • Edward R. Jenkins
    • Degree
      MBA, Penn State
    • Degree
      Master of Taxation, Villanova University School of Law (Joint LL.M. program)
    • Degree
      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.

    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.

  • Suzanne A. Wright
    • Degree
      MBA, Supply Chain, Penn State
    • Degree
      B.S., Accounting, Penn State
    • Degree
      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 a three-week course on sustainability and technology at Pforzheim University in Germany.

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