"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."
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).
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.
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 program do you teach?
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 non-financial 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.