University of Vermont

School of Business Administration

Meet the MAcc Faculty

Associate Professor Barbara Arel, Ph.D., CPA

Dr. Arel joined the faculty in 2006 after completing her PhD at Arizona State University. Prior to her doctoral studies, Dr. Arel worked as a senior auditor in a regional public accounting firm and is currently licensed as a certified public accountant. She is also a member of the American Accounting Association. Her teaching interests are in the areas of auditing, accounting information systems and financial accounting and her research focuses on the judgment and decision making processes of auditors. Her research has been published in Auditing: A Journal of Practice & Theory, Journal of Business Ethics, Journal of Accounting and Public Policy, Issues in Accounting Education, Advances in Accounting, Journal of Sports Economics and The CPA Journal.

Assistant Professor Cathy Beaudoin, Ph.D., MBA, CPA

Dr. Beaudoin is an Assistant Professor at The University of Vermont School of Business. She holds degrees from California State Polytechnic University (B.S.), Columbia University (MBA), and Drexel University (Ph.D.).

Cathy has extensive accounting work experience, both in public accounting and industry. She has worked in the tax department at KPMG Peat Marwick, in various accounting and reporting positions in the financial services industry including a Fortune 100 company, and was also the Vice President of Finance of a large, publicly-traded company.

Cathy's research interests include examining the decision making process in accounting and financial reporting contexts. This includes examining various factors that influence financial executives' accounting and financial reporting choices as well as examining how accounting and financial reporting factors influence managers' operating decisions.

Associate Professor Steve Dempsey, Ph.D.

Prior to joining the UVM faculty in the Fall of 1987, Dr. Dempsey taught at Virginia Tech (1982-85) and The College of William and Mary (1985-87). He earned his bachelor's from Binghamton University (Summa Cum Laude) and Master of Accountancy and Ph.D. degrees from Virginia Tech. The recipient of a numerous academic honors and teaching awards, he has done extensive consulting work for several national and regional firms, including the U.S. Postal Service, General Dynamics, IBM and Ben & Jerry's. Dr. Dempsey's primary teaching interests cover all areas of financial and managerial accounting.

His research has been published in The Accounting Review, the Journal of Business Finance and Accounting, the Journal of Financial Statement Analysis, the Journal of Accounting Education, the Quarterly Journal of Business and Economics, and the Journal of Financial Research.

Associate Professor Susan Hughes, Ph.D., CPA, Program Director

Dr. Hughes is an associate professor of accounting. Prior to joining the UVM faculty in 2006, she spent 17 years teaching at Butler University in Indianapolis where she was twice elected the faculty commencement speaker by the senior class and the recipient of other teaching awards. Her research has been published in the Journal of Accounting and Public Policy, Journal of International Accounting, Auditing & Taxation, Research in Accounting Regulation, Advances in Environmental Accounting, Issues in Accounting Education, Journal of Accounting Education, Accounting Education: An International Journal, Strategic Finance, Management Accounting Quarterly, and other publications. She has presented numerous research papers at meetings of the American Accounting Association, the Institute of Management Accountants, the European Accounting Association, and other national and international accounting conferences. She taught for one semester in Auckland, New Zealand, and worked during another in Mexico City. Before her academic career, she worked in public accounting and banking.

She currently serves as a member of the American Accounting Association Council, as the Past President of the American Accounting Association Northeast Region, and a committee chair to the American Accounting Association International Accounting Section.

Lecturer Keith Kasper, JD

Keith J. Kasper is President of the law firm of McCormick, Fitzpatrick, Kasper & Burchard in Burlington Vermont where his practice focuses solely upon defending employers in work place injury litigation. He is admitted to the bar in Vermont and New Hampshire. He was the first Vermont attorney admitted to the National College of Workers' Compensation Lawyers. He instructs lawyers in workers' compensation litigation matters on both the state and national level. He has taught Business Law for students at the Kalkin School of Business at the University of Vermont since 1988, preparing accounting students for both the CPA exam and the difficult and ever changing business legal environment in which they will spend their careers. Over the years, some of his students have also been inspired to go on to start their own successful legal careers as well.

Joanne Pencak, MBA

Joanne Pencak is a consultant specializing in executive education, fraud prevention and internal controls. Before teaching, she was as a practicing Certified Public Accountant. Her history includes working for local firms as well as running her own CPA firm which merged with a regional firm. She obtained her MBA with a concentration in Information Security in 2008. In June of 2009, she attended the American Association of Collegiate Schools of Business Bridge Program at Ohio State University. The AACSB Bridge Program helps senior level executives transition from industry into the classroom. She serves as a member of the advisory board to the Treasurer of the City of Rutland, Vermont, and as the voluntary Chairperson for the Fresh Air Fund. She is also a member of the Sustainable Accounting Standard Board’s Consumption Industry Working Group, which was formed to shape and influence sustainable reporting standards for the Meat, Poultry, Dairy & Fishing & Processed food Industries.

Assistant Professor Glenn Walberg, JD, LLM

Dr. Walberg obtained his Master of Laws (LL.M.) in Taxation from the Georgetown University Law Center after obtaining his JD from the College of William and Mary School of Law. Before joining the University of Vermont School of Business Administration, he taught courses about federal tax accounting for individuals and business entities at the University of North Carolina at Wilmington. He previously worked as a senior manager in the national tax department of a Big Four accounting firm. He has published in the Florida Tax Review, Tax Notes, Tax Adviser, The Tax Lawyer, and others. His research interests include accounting method and capitalization issues.

Lecturer Julia C Walberg, MS, CCC-SLP

Julia Walberg obtained her Master of Speech degree in Speech-Language-Pathology (SLP) from the University of the District of Columbia. She is certified through the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association. Throughout her career as an SLP, she has evaluated and treated children and adults with a variety of communication disorders, resulting from stroke, head trauma, and childhood syndromes to name a few. She began her career working with the deaf and hard of hearing population at Gallaudet University. From there she has worked in schools, private practice, and an outpatient rehabilitation center. In addition to teaching, Julia supervises graduate clinicians at the Eleanor M. Luse Center on campus. She recently moved to Vermont with her husband and two children from North Carolina.

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