Mary Jeanne Welsh, Ph.D., MBA, BA

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Chair of Accounting Department
Professor of Accounting
215.951.1883

Accounting Professor Mary Jeanne (Jeannie) Welsh received her B.A. and Ph.D. from Louisiana State University and her MBA from the University of New Orleans. Her teaching and research interests lie in the field corporate financial reporting. 

Dr. Welsh has served as Chair of the Department of Accounting since 2000 and also directs the four-year, BS/MBA program. She is an active member of the Pennsylvania Institute of Certified Public Accountants, serving on the editorial board of the PICPA Journal since 2003 and chairing the committee from 2009 – 2011. Dr. Welsh has an extensive service record at the University, including four terms on Faculty Senate with five years as President, and co-chairing the steering committee from the Middle States decennial review and periodic review report. In 2010, she received the Faculty Distinguished Service Award.

 

Why La Salle?

I came to La Salle as a reluctant Explorer with every intention of leaving after two years. That was in 1991 and I am still here. Why? From day one, people here saw more in me than I saw in myself.  I was given opportunities to try new things, take on tasks I didn’t think I could accomplish because faculty and administrators believed in me. Students have those same experiences. By the time the first year is over, students are able to look back and say “wow” – I didn’t think I could do that.

Areas of Expertise

  • Financial reporting and sustainability reporting
  • Behavioral accounting research
  • Teaching with technology

Teaching

Intermediate Accounting I and II
Problems in Financial Reporting/Intermediate Theory
Financial Accounting

Education

  • Ph.D., Louisiana State University
  • MBA, University of New Orleans
  • MLS, Louisiana State University
  • B.A., Louisiana State University 

Recent Publications

Flipping out your Students Pennsylvania CPA Journal 84(3) Fall 2013:

Sustainability Reporting at Johnson & Johnson: A Case Study Using Content Analysis (with S. Borkowski and K. Wentzel). International Journal of Business Insights and Transformation 4 (Special issue 3), January 2012

Sustainability Reporting Assurance: Your Next Growth Area? (with S. Borkowski and K. Wentzel). Pennsylvania CPA Journal. 82 (2) Summer 2011.

Johnson & Johnson: A Model for Sustainability Reporting (with S. Borkowski and K. Wentzel). Strategic Finance September 2010.

Johnson & Johnson; A Case Study on Sustainability Reporting (with S. Borkowski and K. Wentzel) IMA Educational Case Journal 3 (2) June 2010.

Gen Y Anatomy Lesson: They’re not Alien, Just Different (with P. Brazina) Pennsylvania CPA Journal  81 (3) Fall 2010.

Watching the Watchers: A Close look at the PCAOB after Five Years (with B. Leauby and K. Lauriello). Pennsylvania CPA Journal 81(1) Spring 2010, 20-23. (Reprinted Utah Society of CPAs The Journal Entry July/August 2010)

Recent Presentations

The Decision to Leave Public Accounting: Some Things Never Change (with S. Borkowski). Proceedings of the 2013 American Accounting Association Annual Meeting, August 2013.

Flipped Classrooms: Easy, Inexpensive Ways to Get Started (with J. Morris and S. Place) Presented at the Effective Learning Strategies Forum, American Accounting Association Annual Meeting, August 2013.

The Decision to Leave Public Accounting: Some Things Never Change (with S. Borkowski). Proceedings of the 2013 Mid-Atlantic Regional Meeting of the American Accounting Association, April 2013.

It Takes One to Convince One: A Case Study of Johnson & Johnson’s History of Sustainability Reporting (with S. Borkowski and K. Wentzel). Principles for Responsible Management Education (PRME) Conference, William G. Rohrer College of Business, Rowan University, April 1, 2011.

It Takes One to Convince One: A Case Study of Johnson & Johnson’s History of Sustainability Reporting using Content Analysis (with S. Borkowski and K. Wentzel). Proceedings of the 2010 American Accounting Association Annual Meeting, August 2010.

Build a Bridge: An Interactive Approach to Teaching Accounting for Long-Term Contracts. Presented at the Effective Learning Strategies Forum, American Accounting Association Annual Meeting, August 2010.

It Takes One to Convince One: A Case Study of Johnson & Johnson’s History of Sustainability Reporting (with S. Borkowski and K. Wentzel). Proceedings of the 2010 Mid-Atlantic Regional Meeting of the American Accounting Association, April 2010.

Johnson & Johnson; A Case Study on Sustainability Reporting (with Susan C. Borkowski and Kristin Wentzel) Proceedings of the 2010 Management Accounting Research and Case Conference and Doctoral Colloquium. January 2010.

Post Retirement Benefits Other than Pensions: The Effect of SFAS 106 Adoption, (with B. Leauby and Y. Ugras).  Proceedings of the 1993 Mid-Atlantic Regional Meeting of the American Accounting Association, April 1993.

Initial Application of SFAS No. 87 by Late Adopters and its Effects on Financial Reports; A Comparison with Early Adopters, (with H. Sami, Temple U.) Proceedings of the 1992 Mid-Atlantic Regional Meeting of the American Accounting Association (abstract published) April 1992.

Changes in Pension Plan Actuarial Assumptions: A Comparison of SFAS 36 and SFAS 87 Disclosures, (with T. Rollins, Villanova U.) 1992. Proceedings of the 1992 Mid-Atlantic Regional Meeting of the American Accounting Association, (abstract published) April 1992.

Factors in the Career Choices of Accounting and Non-Accounting Majors, (with M. A. Gaffney, Temple U. and R. A. McEwen, Temple U.) Proceedings of the 1991 Mid-Atlantic Regional Meeting of the American Accounting Association, April 1991. 

Characteristics of Early and Late Adopters of Pension Accounting Standard SFAS 87; A Positive Theory Approach, (with H. Sami, Temple U.).  Proceedings of the 1990 Mid-Atlantic Regional

Meeting of the American Accounting Association, April 1990.

Gender Effects of Professional Commitment of Public Accountants, (with M. A. Gaffney and R. A. McEwen). Proceedings of the 1989 Annual Meeting of the American Accounting Association, August, 1989 (Abstract published)

Gender Effects on the Professional Commitment of Accounting Students and Accounting Professionals (with M. A. Gaffney, Temple U. and R. A. McEwen, Temple U.)  Proceedings of the 1989 Mid-Atlantic Regional Meeting of the American Accounting Association, April 1989. 

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