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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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Cathy Neal
Catherine Neal
Department Chair
Associate Professor
BC 374
(859) 572-5156
nealc1@nku.edu

Biography

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

Biography

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

Biography

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. In 2016 Kathleen became the Director the College of Business' Alternative Dispute Resolution Center.  In this role she oversees the ADR Center's annual Labor/Management Conference, the student programming, and community outreach. 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.

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

Biography

Teressa L. Elliott, J.D., is a Professor in the Department of Accounting and Business Law. Her teaching specialties are business law and business ethics. Professor Elliott also taught courses in London through the Cooperative Center for Study Abroad (CCSA) from 2005 - 2014. 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 and has published in the Journal of Business Ethics. 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, the Outstanding Business Law/Finance Faculty Award from the Finance and Accounting Student Organization (FASA) in 2011, the MBAA International Distinguished Paper Award for the Midwest Academy of Legal Studies in Business with co-author Professor Catherine Neal in 2013, and the Phi Mu sorority Wellness Wednesday Award for positively contributing to student wellness in 2018. 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.

Darius Fatemi
Darius Fatemi
Associate Dean, Graduate Programs
Associate Professor
BC 314
(859) 572-7724
fatemid1@nku.edu

Biography

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.

Ed Fenton
Edmund Fenton
Professor
Director, International Business Program
BC 334
(859) 572-5911
fentone1@nku.edu

Biography

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.

Hassan HassabElnaby
Hassan HassabElnaby
Dean
Professor
BC 305D
(859) 572-7720
hhassab@nku.edu

Biography

Dr. Hassan R. HassabElnaby joined the Haile/US Bank College of Business at Northern Kentucky University in 2019. Prior to his appointment as Dean of the Haile/US Bank College of Business, he spent 16 years at the University of Toledo where he served as the interin dean, the associate dean for Graduate Studies and Research, the chair of the Accounting Department, the director of the Master of Science in Accountancy and the director of the Ph.D. Program in Manufacturing and Technology Management.

An award-winning researcher, Dr. HassabElnaby, specializes in the areas of financial reporting and corporate governance. He has received many research awards such as the Outstanding Paper Award from Emerald Literati Network Awards for Excellence in 2013, the Best Paper Award from the American Accounting Association - Ohio Region in 2009 and 2007, the COBI Outstanding Research Award in 2008 and the COBI Research Award in 2014. He has over twenty-five publications in leading accounting and business journals such as Review of Accounting Studies, Journal of Management Accounting Research, Journal of Business Ethics, Journal of Business Finance and Accounting, and Critical Perspectives on Accounting, among several others.

Dr. HassabElnaby wrote and received many research grants from the United Arab of Emirates University, the USAID, and the University of Toledo. He also has been a financial consultant and served on boards of several non-for-profit organizations. He earned his bachelor’s, master’s, and PhD degrees in accounting from Cairo University.

J Human
J Human
Lecturer
BC 363C
(859) 572-5467
humanj1@nku.edu

Biography

J Human joined the Haile/US Bank College of Business in 2017 as an advisor where he would assist students on their path to graduation. In 2019 he transitioned into an accounting lecturer. J earned his B.S. in economics from the University of Kentucky and his MAcc from Northern Kentucky University. He is a Certified Public Accountant and a Certified Fraud Examiner.

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

Biography

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 as well as financial accounting. His research interests center on incentive compensation and management accounting systems and their impact on employee and firm performance. Dr. Kersting’s research has been published in journals such as the Journal of Management Accounting Research and the Journal of Accounting Education. He has also presented his research at numerous American Accounting Association meetings and has received research grants from the Institute of Management Accountants and the other sources.

James Kirtley
James Kirtley
Lecturer
BC 221
(859) 572-7816
kirtleyj2@nku.edu

Biography

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!

Erin Masters
Erin Masters
Assistant Professor
BC 386
(859) 572-5199
masterse1@nku.edu

Biography

Dr. Erin Masters is an Assistant Professor of Accountancy. She currently teaches financial accounting courses in the undergraduate and Master of Accounting programs. Her research interests are primarily in behavioral managerial accounting—specifically focusing on incentives, budgeting, and management information systems. She is also interested in researching pedagogical issues regarding the advancement of accounting education. Dr. Masters completed her B.S. in accounting and Ph.D. in accounting at Virginia Commonwealth University.

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

Biography

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

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

Biography

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.

Amal Said
Amal Said
Associate Professor
BC 363B
(859) 572-5499
saida1@nku.edu

Biography

Dr. Amal Said is an Associate Professor of Accounting at Northern
Kentucky University. Dr. Said received her Ph.D. in Business Administration
with a major in Accounting and a minor in Finance from Virginia Commonwealth University. Dr. Said was born in Cairo, Egypt where she received the Bachelor of Accounting with honor and Master of Accounting from Cairo University.  Dr. Said received the Master of Science in Accounting from Old Dominion University.

Dr. Said taught accounting at Cairo University, Old Dominion University, Virginia Commonwealth University, and University of Toledo. Her teaching interests are in managerial accounting, cost accounting, equity valuation and international accounting. She has been teaching managerial accounting at the undergraduate and MBA levels. In addition, Dr. Said has been teaching advanced managerial/cost accounting, international accounting, and business valuation at the graduate level in the Master of Science in Accounting program. Her research interests are in executive compensation, earnings management, Balanced Scorecard, lean accounting, capital markets, performance evaluations and measures of performance, corporate governance, sustainability, and international accounting. Dr. Said presented her research papers in regional, national and international conferences. Her research has been recognized regionally and nationally. She received the best paper awards from the GNP section of the American Accounting Association, Ohio regional meeting of the American Accounting Association and the Southeast Institute for Operations Research and Management Science (SEINFORMS). Her research is published in journals such as Advances in Management Accounting, Review of Accounting and Finance, American Journal of Business, Journal of Management Accounting Research, American Journal of Business Research, Advances in Accounting Behavioral Research, Critical Perspectives on Accounting, Accounting and Finance Research, International Journal of Management Accounting Research and Journal of Emerging Markets. Dr. Said is a member of the American Accounting Association, Institute of Management Accountants and Beta Gamma Sigma (Business Honor Society). She served as the President of the Ohio Region of the American Accounting Association and on the editorial board of several journals. Dr. Said served on the Board for not-for-profits.

Bob Russ
Robert Russ
Associate Professor
BC 227
(859) 572-7547
russr1@nku.edu

Biography

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

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