Accounting is referred to as "the language of business." It is the vehicle by which business activities are translated into meaningful financial results. 

As such, a solid understanding of accounting is vital for business leaders and intrinsic to the success of any company. That, in turn, makes an accounting degree and the skills that come with it highly desirable in the global marketplace.

The professors in the accounting program at Saint Michael's are all Certified Public Accountants and have all spent a significant amount of time working in public accounting. They draw on this experience to ensure their students a clear understanding of accounting systems and their importance in leading organizations.

Business and non-profit organizations are looking for graduates who can: 

  • Communicate effectively
  • Work with others from diverse backgrounds
  • Think critically and strategically
  • Understand their organization's place in the global market

An accounting degree, complemented by the liberal arts core curriculum, fosters these skills and provides the foundation for career-long success.

The required courses in the accounting program build steadily on one another, culminating in a research-based seminar. Classmate and community partnerships are an integral part of our accounting discipline, as are the development and application of presentation skills.

To become a Certified Public Accountant (i.e. licensed to practice accounting professionally) will require a Bachelor's degree and a total of 150-academic credits in all states. Although there is some variation among states as to specific courses needed within the 150 hours, the accounting major curriculum at Saint Michael's can be readily augmented by existing courses to meet the content specifications. To accumulate additional credit hours toward the 150 hour requirement, some students use advance placement credits from high school, summer course work/summer internships performed for academic credit, etc. Others pursue a one-year Master's degree in accounting or business in graduate school after receiving their Saint Michael's Bachelor's degree. Saint Michael's has agreements with a number of graduate programs to set up potential graduate pathways for our accounting graduates.

There are also many other accounting-oriented career opportunities in corporations, government agencies and non-profit organizations that do not require licensing as a CPA and are therefore not subject to the 150-credit hour requirement.

Thomas Van Dzura, M.S., Administration

Instructor of Accounting

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Jeanmarie Hall 149 H
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B.A., Accounting, Saint Michael's College
M.S., Administration, Saint Michael's College

Areas of Expertise:

Managerial Accounting
Nonprofit Accounting
Internal Management Reporting
Fiscal Stewardship

Courses I Teach:

Managerial Accounting
Managerial Ethics
Cost Management

Steven Doyon, BA, CPA

Visiting Instructor of Business Administration & Accounting

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B.A. in Accounting: Saint Michael's College
Vermont licensed Certified Public Accountant 

Courses I Teach:

  • Managerial Accounting
  • Intermediate Accounting I
  • Intermediate Accounting II

My Saint Michael's

I practiced in public accounting for 14 years, serving as an auditor for one of the "Big 4" firms. I audited the financial statements of publicly traded and privately held firms in a variety of industries.

I have taught at Saint Michael's College since the fall 1995 semester, initially as a part-time instructor and full-time since the fall of 2008.

In that time, I have instructed 10 different courses within the accounting, business and finance curriculum. 

Diane Lander, PhD

Associate Professor of Business Administration and Accounting

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Ph.D. University of Kansas
M.B.A. University of North Texas
B.S. University of California, Davis (Phi Beta Kappa)

Areas of Expertise:

Corporate finance, specializing in models for valuing real assets

Courses I Teach:

  • Capital Budgeting
  • Finance
  • Strategic Valuation

Robert Letovsky, PhD

Professor of Business Administration and Accounting

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Jeanmarie Hall 149
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Ph.D. Concordia University
M.B.A. University of Toronto
B.Comm. McGill University

Areas of Expertise:

Case development focusing on business/government relations and sustainability

Courses I Teach:

  • Business Policy & Strategic Management
  • International Business
  • International Marketing
  • Marketing

My favorite class to teach is International Business because it focuses on the nexus between business and public policy. The course gives students an opportunity to see the connections between the right kinds of public policy and economic development, and the wrong kinds of public policy and economic hardship. The course also focuses on the global trading system and is the gateway for students to understand the role that free trade and open markets has played in reducing poverty and promoting economic progress.

Paul Olsen, Ed.D

Assistant Professor of Business Administration and Accounting

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Jeanmarie Hall 149E
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B.A., Ed.D. University of Vermont
M.S.A., Saint Michael's College
Senior Professional in Human Resources (SPHR) certification

I joined the Business Department in 1994. From 1994-2012, I was associate director of the Master of Science in Administration (MSA) program. Previously I was  Employee Benefits Manager and Assistant Director of Human Resources at the College. 

Courses I Teach:

  • Critical Thinking and Communication
  • Human Resource Management
  • Internship Practicum
  • Managerial Leadership

Karen Popovich, DBA

Associate Professor of Business Administration and Accounting

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B.B.A., M.B.A., D.B.A. Cleveland State University

Areas of Expertise:

My doctorate is in operations management with a specific focus in strategic enrollment management for higher education. My background includes technology, strategy, management, and data analysis.

Courses I Teach:

I teach Decision-making Tools which is a required quantitative modeling course, Strategic Management which is our senior capstone course where students have the opportunity to develop a business plan complete with projected financials, Production and Operations Management with an emphasis on supply chain management and technology, and Statistics.

I have found a home at Saint Michael's College and in the Department of Business Administration and Accounting (DBAA) where I have the opportunity to teach large and seminar classes, work one-on-one with students as a mentor and advisor, integrate teaching and research, and contribute to a team of involved educators who help students achieve academic success and personal growth.

Learning is hard work, lots of fun and tremendously rewarding. I have high expectations for my students and myself as we all work diligently towards the learning objectives I developed. For me, teaching in a business program at a liberal arts institution is about shaping future graduates who bring their heads and hearts to work and recognize the value of being a life-long learner. I learn from my students as much as they learn from me. It’s not just about critical analysis and technical expertise, but developing effective communication skills and formulating intellectual and ethical decisions. To foster lasting educational experiences, my classes encompass small and large collaborative assignments, case discussions, experiential and simulated assignments, exams, classroom and off-campus visits with community leaders and business owners, academic research and personal reflection. My goal is to have students assess their situation, define a problem or acknowledge a complex problem from a variety of viewpoints, offer recommendations or make decisions and continuously evaluate their efforts to know they are not only doing something right, but they are doing what’s right in a larger context.

Joanne Scott, MBA

Instructor of Business Administration and Accounting

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M.B.A., Amos Tuck School at Dartmouth College, Tuck Scholar
B.A. Middlebury College Summa Cum Laude and elected to Phi Beta Kappa

Professional Experience:

  • Morgan Stanley 1978-1990, Vice President, Corporate Finance Department
  • Expertise in Finance and Investments

Courses I Teach:

  • BU 103 Managerial Ethics
  • BU 216 Business Finance
  • BU 331 Investments
  • BU 319 International Finance
  • BU 461 Business Strategy

Brosh Teucher

Assistant Professor of Business Administration and Accounting

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Ph.D. University of Washington
M.S. Technion - Israel Institute of Technology
B.A. Haifa University

Areas of Expertise:

Negotiation, managerial dispute resolution, effective teamwork, leadership, cross-cultural negotiation and alternative dispute resolution processes and outcomes

Courses I Teach:

  • Introduction to Management
  • Negotiation Skills

The accounting program has a long history of successful internship placements with local organizations and accounting firms and uses its network of well-placed alumni to find excellent opportunities with larger market accounting firms for its students.

Develop and apply the lessons and skills you learn in the classroom by being a the financial leader in student organizations or a teacher’s assistant or tutor in the accounting program. Small class sizes, particularly in upper level courses, contribute strongly to student development and the close personal relationships between professors and students.

MBA 4+1 Program

To provide post-graduate opportunities for students in both Business Administration and Accounting, the Department has developed a number of agreements with colleges and universities (e.g., Clarkson, Syracuse, Northeastern, Boston College) that will allow facilitated admission for our alumni into MBA and MSA programs. Contact the department chair, Dr. Robert Letovsky, for details.

Study Abroad

Our business administration program offers excellent opportunities to gain experience in the global marketplace through overseas study. Typically, about 30% of accounting majors study abroad.

After graduation, our majors go on to careers like:

  • Audit Associate
  • Tax Associate
  • Audit Services
  • Accountant
  • Accounts Payable Representative
  • Investment Administrator

The accounting program at Saint Michael's prepares students for careers in a broad cross-section of organizations, including public accounting firms; small and large corporations; government and non-profit organizations; and further study in accounting and business. The coursework, along with the student’s advisor and other support services at Saint Michael's, guides students through a rigorous and gratifying program that will help them realize their ambitions.

Graduates of the Saint Michael's accounting program can be found as partners in national, regional and local public accounting firms, as chief financial officers for large and small businesses and non-profit organizations, as internal auditors in businesses and governments, lawyers practicing corporate, tax and estate law, as accounting teachers and professors, and as successful professionals in many other related positions.

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