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DEPARTMENT OF ACCOUNTING AND BUSINESS LAW

Several career paths are available for students who major in accounting.  Accountants work as CPAs, internal auditors in industry, cost analysts, tax specialists, budget directors, Internal Revenue agents, and finance officers in local governments. Accountants are professionals that provide important services to companies and clients and are well respected in the business community.

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UNDERGRADUATE MAJORS

GRADUATE DEGREE PROGRAMS

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Our People

Cathy Neal
Catherine Neal
Department Co-Chair
Associate Professor
BC 225
(859) 572-5156
nealc1@nku.edu
Bio

Catherine S. Neal is an Associate Professor of Business Ethics and Business Law in the Haile/US Bank College of Business at Northern Kentucky University. She is a graduate of the University of Cincinnati College of Law where, as a Corporate Law Fellow, she focused on corporate law, corporate finance, tax law, and securities law.

After law school, Neal was an attorney in Cincinnati; her work included tax and estate planning matters, business law, maritime law, and federal litigation. Neal left the private practice of law in 2002 to become an Assistant Professor of Legal Studies at the University of Cincinnati’s Clermont College where she received two teaching awards.

Professor Neal joined the Haile/US Bank College of Business at NKU in 2005, received the Dean’s Citation for Outstanding Teaching in 2010, and was granted tenure and promoted to Associate Professor in 2011. Professor Neal teaches business ethics and business law in both the undergraduate and MBA programs.

Her research interests include white-collar crime, corporate governance, executive compensation, and the U.S. legal system’s ability to adjudicate complex business matters. Professor Neal is also an attorney licensed in the state of Ohio. When researching her book “Taking Down the Lion,” Neal was granted unprecedented access to former Tyco International CEO Dennis Kozlowski, his papers, attorneys, family, friends, and former Tyco colleagues as well as transcripts and evidence from two criminal trials. Neal’s research included interviews with former Tyco directors, CEOs, and executives, former Manhattan DA Robert Morgenthau, and the foreman of the jury that convicted Kozlowski. Neal has appeared on Fox Business News, on Forbes.com, and other national media outlets.

 

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Debbie Browning
Debbie Browning
Lecturer
BC 229
(859) 572-5499
browningd4@nku.edu

Bio

Debbie is a graduate of University of Indianapolis with a B.S and Master’s degree in Accounting. She is also a CPA licensed in both KY and IN. Prior to joining NKU, her 25 year career was spent in the area of taxation; first in the corporate environment and then in public accounting. Debbie's area of specialization is in corporate tax accounting and compliance.

Debbie is a member of the AICPA Regulation subcommittee which is responsible for review of CPA examination materials.

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Ed Fenton
Edmund Fenton
Professor
BC 386
(859) 572-5891
fentone1@nku.edu

Bio

Edmund D. Fenton, Jr. DBA, CPA, CMA, CRFAC, CFF is Professor of Accounting in the Department of Accounting and Business Law.  Dr. Fenton received his DBA degree in accounting and taxation from the University of Kentucky, and his MBA degree from Murray State University.  He has published numerous taxation and forensic accounting articles in such periodicals as the Journal of Accountancy, Journal of Forensic & Investigative Accounting, The Tax Adviser, Taxes – The Tax Magazine, Oil Gas & Energy Quarterly, The Ohio CPA Journal, and the ABA Journal.  He has written chapters in several professional resource books, including Handbook of Financial Management for Banks and The Handbook of Estate Planning.  He is also a co-author of a textbook, Forensic and Investigative Accounting, as well as a co-author of a novel, The Big R: A Forensic Accounting Action Adventure.  Dr. Fenton has also testified as a forensic accounting expert witness in several business damage cases.

 

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Vincent Owhoso
Vincent Owhoso
Professor
BC 389
(859) 572-7548
owhosov1@nku.edu

Bio

Dr. Vincent Owhoso is Associate Professor of Accountancy. His teaching specialties are accounting information systems, auditing, and intermediate accounting. Prior to coming to NKU, he taught at Bentley College in Waltham, Massachusetts. Dr. Owhoso has extensive publications in accounting and business journals. Dr. Owhoso received a BA in chemistry and a BS in business administration from Berea College. He also received a BBA in accounting and his MBA from Eastern Kentucky University. Dr. Owhoso received his PhD in accounting from the University of Florida.

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Marcia Vorholt
Marcia Vorholt
Lecturer
BC 221
vorholtm1@nku.edu
Darius Fatemi
Darius Fatemi
Department Co-Chair
Associate Professor
BC 373
(859) 572-7724
fatemid1@nku.edu
Bio

Darius Fatemi earned his Ph.D. in accounting from Indiana University. He has taught courses in Advanced Accounting, Intermediate Accounting I& II, Governmental and Not-For-Profit Accounting, Financial Reporting: Research and Cases, and Principles of Financial Accounting. Dr. Fatemi’s publications have appeared in several journals of the American Accounting Association, including Auditing: A Journal of Practice & Theory, Current Issues in Auditing, and The Journal of the American Taxation Association. He has been the recipient of the Sandra Easton Outstanding Teaching Award at NKU, the NKU Finance and Accounting Student Association’s Outstanding Teaching in Accounting award, and research grants ranging from the university to national level. He also holds a Ph.D. in physics from the University of Virginia.

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Kathy Carnes
Kathleen Carnes
Lecturer
Director, Alternative Dispute Resolution Center
BC 229
(859) 572-7571
carnesk2@nku.edu

Bio

Kathleen is a lecturer of Business Law and has been with NKU since 2011. Prior to joining NKU, Kathleen practiced law for 12 years in various capacities. Her current practiced primarily includes all aspects of labor and employment law in defense of employers. Kathleen specializes in advising Companies regarding compliance with Title VII, the National Labor Relations Act, the Americans with Disabilities Act, the Family Medical Leave Act, the Fair Labor Standards Act, and various other state and federal employment statutes and regulations. Kathleen also worked as an attorney for the National Labor Relations Board, where she investigated and prosecuted unfair labor practices and as the Director of Personnel for a large state agency/cabinet where she oversaw all aspects of human resources. Kathleen graduated cum laude with a BA in Political Science from the University of Louisville and her law degree from the University of Cincinnati where she was an executive member of the Moot Court Board.

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Lee Kersting
Lee Kersting
Assistant Professor
BC 342
(859) 572-7568
kerstingl1@nku.edu

Bio

Dr. Lee Kersting is an Assistant Professor of Accountancy. He earned his Ph.D. in accounting from the University of South Florida. Dr. Kersting completed his B.A. in accounting and his MBA at the University of Louisville. His teaching specialties are in cost and managerial accounting. His research interests center on compensation and management accounting systems and their impact on employee and firm performance. Dr. Kersting has presented his research at American Accounting Association meetings and has received research grants from the Institute of Management Accountants.

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Bob Russ
Robert Russ
Associate Professor
BC 374
(859) 572-7547
russr1@nku.edu
Bio

Dr. Robert Russ is an Assistant Professor of Accountancy. He teaches financial accounting courses. His research interest center on financial distress, corporate ethics, corporate governance and international ethical differences. He also has research interest in historical accounting and corporate governance in the early United States. Dr. Russ received a BA in accounting from Marietta College and earned his Ph.D. in accounting at Virginia Commonwealth University.

Jill Ross
Jillian Ross
Academic Coordinator
BC 375
(859) 572-6526
rossj1@nku.edu

Bio

Jill Ross has worked at NKU since 2005, and has been Academic Coordinator for the Department of Accounting, Finance, and Business Law since 2013. She earned a Bachelor of Arts in studio art with a minor in French from NKU and a Bachelors of Fine Art in printmaking from NKU. She participates in many local art shows in the Cincinnati area. She is persuing a Masters of Fine Art from the University of Cincinnati beginning in the Fall of 2015.

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Teressa Elliott
Teressa Elliott
Associate Professor
BC 341
(859) 572-1539
elliottte@nku.edu

Bio

Teressa L. Elliott, J.D., is an Associate Professor in the Department of Accountancy. Her teaching specialties are business law and business ethics. Professor Elliott has also taught a course in London through the Cooperative Center for Study Abroad (CCSA) since 2005. Prior to joining Northern Kentucky University, she had thirteen years experience practicing law which included serving as an Assistant Campbell County Attorney and working in her own private law practice. Professor Elliott has published in law reviews on the topics of the Federal Arbitration Act and the Americans with Disabilities Act Amendments Act. Professor Elliott received the Dean’s Citation for Outstanding Teaching in 2005, the Dean's Citation for Organizational Citizenship in 2006, Faculty of Distinction from Student Support Services in 2006 and 2007, and the Outstanding Business Law/Finance Faculty Award from the Finance and Accounting Student Organization (FASA) in 2011. Professor Elliott graduated magna cum laude with a B.A. from Northern Kentucky University and received her J.D. from the University of Kentucky College of Law.

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James Kirtley
James Kirtley
Lecturer
BC 221
(859) 572-6526
kirtleyj2@nku.edu

Bio

I am a graduate of Marshall University with a B.B.A, in Banking and Finance, and a graduate of Xavier University with an M.B.A., concentration in accounting.

I worked as a Financial Accountant and Managerial Accountant with General Motors for 15 years, holding numerous leadership positions in the accounting area, the last of which was as Assistant Resident Controller for a large assembly facility in northeastern Ohio. Subsequent to that assignment, I moved into the manufacturing area for GM, holding executive leadership positions in the areas of Material Control, Transportation Logistics, Order Management and Scheduling, and Vehicle Manufacturing and Assembly.

I have been an instructor of accounting, both at the undergraduate and graduate level, and the schools I have taught include Youngstown State University, Westminster College, Xavier University, and now Northern Kentucky University. My accounting area of interest includes Financial Accounting, Intermediate Accounting, Cost Accounting, Managerial Accounting, and Advanced Accounting.

I am honored to have the opportunity to teach at Northern Kentucky University!

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Robert Salyer
Robert Salyer
Lecturer II
BC 336
(859) 572-5164
salyerb@nku.edu

Bio

Mr. Robert Salyer is an Instructor of Accountancy.  His teaching specialty is taxation. Mr. Salyer is a Certified Public Accountant and has thirty-five years experience in public accounting and the business community. He has served as a chief financial officer, a chief tax officer and was also a partner in a Cincinnati public accounting firm. Mr. Salyer continues to work with local business in tax planning, compliance and accounting matters. He received his BS in accounting from the University of Kentucky and his MS in taxation from the University of Cincinnati.

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