Online Master of Science in Accountancy

Faculty

The faculty in the online MSA degree program have completed the highest levels of accounting, law and finance education. They are distinguished practitioners, with recognition from industry leaders.

Our instructors have decades of experience, spanning research, teaching, consulting, business leadership and senior accounting roles.

Ray Whittington

Director, School of Accountancy & MIS

Education
PhD, Business. University of Houston
MSA, Accountancy. Texas Tech University
BBA, Sam Houston University

Professional Certifications
Certified Public Accountant
Certified Internal Auditor
Certified Management Accountant

Biography

Ray Whittington is professor of accountancy and director of the School of Accountancy & MIS. He is a certified public accountant, certified management accountant and certified internal auditor.

He teaches auditing and has published extensively within the field, including books on audit sampling and auditing principles. He has also helped to build an extensive and active alumni network for DePaul Accountancy & MIS graduates. Dr. Whittington formerly served as dean of the Driehaus College of Business.

Whittington is highly distinguished across the accounting and business fields. In 2001, he was named one of the top 100 most influential people in accounting by Accounting Today. He has received the Ernst & Young Outstanding Professor Award twice, and each year from 2006-2016, Crain’s Chicago Business highlighted him in its “Who’s Who in Chicago” list.

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John Ahern

Associate Professor and Director of the Richard H. Driehaus Center for International Business School of Accountancy & MIS

Education
DBA, Accountancy and Monetary Economics. Univ. of Kentucky
MBA, Accountancy, DePaul University. Accountancy
BS, Commerce and Accountancy. DePaul University

Professional Certifications
Certified Public Accountant

Biography

John T. Ahern, Jr. is an associate professor in the School of Accountancy & MIS. Ahern’s contributions to accounting and business have been internationally recognized, with accolades including the “World Public Recognition” medal, which he was awarded at the 7th International Forum of Accountants & Auditors.

Ahern’s interests are focused on managerial accounting, the successful integration of technology within the accounting discipline, auditing and accounting education. From 2001 to 2004, he worked on a grant from the U.S. Department of State to support collaborative teaching and research between DePaul University and Kazan State University, where he also taught as a Fulbright Scholar.

He has also served as a consultant for the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) and the Financial Service Volunteer Corps. In both cases, he helped establish an MBA program in Bosnia- Herzegovina, first by helping to determine feasibility and then by participating in the selection committee for determining which university would receive an $8 million grant to support the program.

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Mark Alford

Visiting Associate Professor
School of Accountancy & MIS

Education
PhD Accounting. Texas A&M University
MBA Accounting. Texas A&M University)
BBA Accounting. Texas A&M University

Professional Certifications
Certified Public Accountant

Biography

Mark Alford is a visiting associate professor. He has been with DePaul’s School of Accountancy & MIS since 2003. He teaches master’s courses in business administration and accountancy, focusing on financial and managerial accounting.

Alford’s research has explored a range of managerial and financial accounting topics, including the impact of corporate responsibility on shareowner performance, revenue recognition cases, how accountants can engage small businesses, and analyses of forecasting methods.

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Cindy Durtschi

Professor
School of Accountancy & MIS

Education
PhD, Accounting. University of Arizona
MACC, Accounting. University of Arizona
MA. Economics. University of Nevada, Las Vegas

Biography

Cindy Durtschi has served as an accounting professor with DePaul for more than 10 years. She is the faculty director of the MS-Audit and Advisory Services program at DePaul. She is both a distinguished researcher and highly sought speaker on a range of topics, including fraud, accounting education, and auditing. She has been recognized with teaching awards, including the “Driehaus College of Business Teaching Recognition” award in both 2016 and 2018 as well as the American Accounting Association’s “Innovation in Auditing and Assurance Education” award in 2006.

Durtschi has spoken or presented at the American Accounting Association multiple years since 2014. She currently serves on the editorial boards for the Journal of Forensic Accounting Research, Issues in Accounting Education and the Journal of accounting and Free Enterprise.

Her research and work have been leveraged throughout the academic community and the accounting field. Her instructional resource, “The Tallahassee BeanCounters: A Problem-Based Learning Case in Forensic Auditing,” published in Issues in Accounting Education, is used in the Certification Examination for Internal Auditors (CFD). Durtschi is former president of the Forensic and Investigative Accounting section of the American Accounting Association (AAA) and currently serves as chair of the AAA Council.

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Edward Foth

Professor Emeritus
School of Accountancy & MIS

Professional Certifications
Certified Public Accountant


Hui Lin

Associate Professor and Associate Director for Regional Initiatives – China
School of Accountancy & MIS

Education
PhD Accounting & Information Systems. Virginia Tech
MACC, Accounting. Virginia Tech
BS, Accounting & Information Systems, Virginia Tech

Biography

Hui Lin has taught in DePaul’s School of Accountancy & MIS since 2008 and maintains her commitment to bringing students high-quality accounting education. She has been recognized with the Driehaus College of Business Excellence in Online Teaching Award (2018) and the DePaul University Excellence in Teaching Award (2014).

Lin is a published expert in the areas of IT governance, internal controls, information security, data analytics and knowledge management. Having worked as an independent consultant in implementing enterprise information systems, she brings together an academic and diverse business perspective. She is especially interested in the relationships between social, psychological and technological factors that impact knowledge management in organizations.

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Eileen Marutzky

Instructor
School of Accountancy & MIS

Education
JD Law, IIT Chicago Kent
BS Accounting, DePaul University

Professional Certifications
Certified Public Accountant

Biography

Eileen Marutzky is a distinguished accounting educator and legal expert, having served as Deputy Assistant United States Attorney and Senior Litigation Counsel for the U.S. Department of Justice. Marutzky has more than 30 years of experience teaching undergraduate- and graduate-level coursework at DePaul’s School of Accountancy & MIS. Additionally, she is a registered CPA in Illinois.

Marutzky has been recognized for both her work as an educator and her legal work with the Justice Department, having been nominated for the Illinois CPA society’s “Educator of the Year” award, receiving the U.S. Department of Justice “Special Achievement Award for Sustained Superior Performance,” and receiving the United States Attorney General’s “Special Commendation Award. ”

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Mary Mindak

Associate Professor
School of Accountancy & MIS

Education
PhD, Business Administration with a concentration in Accounting. University of Cincinnati
MACC, Accounting. Miami University
BS, Accounting. Miami University

Professional Certifications
Certified Public Accountant

Biography

Mary Mindak teaches a blend of graduate- and undergraduate-level coursework at DePaul’s School of Accountancy & MIS. She has also served as faculty advisor for the DePaul chapter of Global Brigades, a student-led organization committed to resolving economic and health disparities worldwide and as faculty advisor to the DePaul chapter of Collegiate DECA, an organization dedicated to supporting emerging leaders.

In addition to her academic career, Mindak has worked for two of the Big Four accounting firms: Ernst & Young and PwC. In her roles with these companies, she focused on auditing services for several industries, including manufacturing, public companies, healthcare nonprofits, financial services, and retail.

Her academic research interests include publications on audit risk, fraud, corporate environmental responsibility and forensic accounting.

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Elizabeth Murphy

Associate Professor
School of Accountancy & MIS

Education
PhD, Accounting. University of Kentucky
MBA, Finance. DePaul University
BS, Accounting. DePaul University

Professional Certifications
Certified Public Accountant


Sandra Shelton

Professor
School of Accountancy & MIS

Education
PhD, Accounting. University of Wisconsin
MBA, Finance. Indiana University
BA, Economics and Business Administration. Rhodes College

Professional Certifications
Certified Public Accountant

Biography

Sandra W. Shelton is KPMG Distinguished Professor of Accountancy and the Director of the Internal Auditing Program at the School of Accountancy & MIS, Driehaus College of Business. She has also worked as a Business Consultant for Deloitte and Touche and was Senior Financial Analyst at Zenith Electronics Corporation.

Shelton is an award-winning accounting educator, having been recognized with the Educator of the Year award by the Institute of Internal Auditors (Chicago chapter) and as an inductee in the PhD Project Hall of Fame. Shelton’s research interests primarily focus on judgment and decision-making issues with financial information, exploring issues such as the impact of performance feedback on auditors’ decision making.

Shelton is a member of the American Accounting Association, The Institute of Internal Auditors, Illinois CPA Society, American Institute of Certified Public Accountants and the Association of Certified Fraud Examiners.

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