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Dr. Joseph Donelan

Dr. Joseph Donelan, Professor

"In my class, students will learn how to analyze financial data and create reports that help managers make decisions about how to plan, evaluate, and control the organization."

Degrees Held:

  • PhD in Accounting/Finance – Saint Louis University, 1989
  • MBA in Business/Accounting – Southern Illinois University, 1979
  • BS in Accounting – Bradley University, 1975

Career Highlights:

Professional experience:

From 1976 through 1980, Dr. Donelan worked in public accounting with Ernst & Ernst, the predecessor of Ernst & Young. During his academic career, Dr. Donelan has engaged eight faculty internships--two with Hewlett Packard and six with Carr, Riggs, & Ingram. Those internships included over 2,000 hours of professional experience in financial forecasting, product introduction strategy, small business information systems installation, and auditing. Dr. Donelan is a licensed CPA (Florida and Colorado).

Academic experience:

Dr. Donelan has been a full-time faculty member since 1989, teaching principles of financial accounting, managerial accounting, cost accounting, intermediate financial accounting, accounting information systems, auditing, advanced auditing, and managerial finance. He is currently a professor at University of West Florida. Prior to that, he has taught at University of Northern Colorado, Northern Arizona University, Saint Louis University, and Southern Illinois University.

Research interests:

Dr. Donelan has published 22 peer reviewed articles related to financial reporting, CPA practice management, managerial finance, information systems, and accounting education in journals such as the Journal of Accountancy, Accounting Horizons, Management Accounting, the CPA Journal, The Practical Accountant, Journal of Cost Management, and the Journal of Accounting Education.

In which online programs do you teach?

MBA General, MBA Accounting

Which classes do you teach online?

ACG 6309 Accounting for Decision Making

What do you want students to learn in your classes? What is the expected outcome?

In order to meet organizational goals, managers must be able to plan, evaluate, and control their organization. The financial information specialist (accountant) acts as a member of the management team, providing information to help the team plan, evaluate, and control. Historically, the information provided was primarily financial (i.e., dollar and cents information); however, modern evaluation and control systems include a wide variety of both financial and nonfinancial information (e.g. production efficiency, delivery performance).

In my class, students will learn how to analyze financial data and create reports that help managers make decisions about how to plan, evaluate, and control the organization.

Why did you start teaching?

I love it. I love meeting and working with smart, highly-motivated people. And I love learning and motivating others to learn.

What's the best advice that you have ever received?

Take care of your spiritual life, your family life, yourself, and your work -- in that order.

What's the best advice you could give to online students?

Don't get behind.

What is the one book you think everyone should read?

Whatever helps you with your spiritual life, your family life, yourself, or your work -- in that order.

What qualities make someone particularly successful in accounting?

Motivation, hard work, good personality, ambition, and smarts -- in that order.

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