Faculty & Staff Detail

Dr. Mary Kay Copeland

Title: Assistant Professor
Office: Salerno 136
Phone: (585) 385-8225
Email: mcopeland@sjfc.edu
Education: Ph.D., Regent University
B.S., M.B.A., State University of New York at Buffalo


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Professor Copeland, a CPA, joined the School of Business in 2012. Prior to completing her Ph.D. and becoming a full-time faculty member at Fisher, she taught Accounting, MIS and Entrepreneurship at The University of Buffalo, Bowling Green State University, RIT and Canisius College. Dr. Copeland holds a B.S./M.B.A. (accounting) from the University of Buffalo and a Ph.D. from Regent University. Her primary teaching responsibilities are in the area of financial accounting, accounting information systems and entrepreneurship. Professor Copeland’s research interests include ethics, leadership, and practice improvement in the accounting profession, entrepreneurial finance and financial management. She has published fifteen peer reviewed journals and publications, one book chapter and one textbook. Dr. Copeland has published articles in the CPA Journal, Research on Professional Responsibility and Ethics in Accounting, the Business Education Forum, numerous American Accounting Associations National Conference Proceedings and the MBA Review. In 2013, Dr. Copeland’s research in ethics in the accounting profession earned a Best Research/Best Paper award at the National American Accounting Association Conference. As a prior successful entrepreneur, Dr. Copeland also will assist in the efforts to help Fisher students acquire additional entrepreneurial skills. In 2012 and in 2014, Dr. Copeland’s student entrepreneurial teams won the New York State Business Plan Competition’s People Choice Award.

Prior to completing her Ph.D., Dr. Copeland had a 25+ year career in public accounting and consulting. This included 15 years of consulting experience, five years of audit experience with a Big Four firm and four years as a CFO. Her expertise includes strategic financial planning, budgeting and forecasting, entrepreneurship, management reporting, cost restructuring, process improvement, financial systems implementations and optimization, business planning and start up consulting.

Publications:

Articles and Book Chapters:

Arens, A., Ward, D., Latham, C., Copeland, M. (2014). Cloud Based Computerized Accounting using Microsoft Dynamics GP2013. Okemos, Michigan: Armond Dalton Publishing.

Copeland, M. (2014). Should Accounting Programs Jump on Board: Considerations, Best Practices and Benefits of Online Accounting Coursework. Business Education Forum.

Copeland, M. (2014). The Impact of Ethical Leadership on Leader Effectiveness in the Accounting Industry . Research on Professional Responsibility and Ethics in Accounting, In Press.

Copeland, M. (2014). The Emerging Significance of Values Based Leadership, A Literature Review. International Journal of Leadership Studies, 8(2).

Copeland, M. (2014). Management Accounting - Improving Financial Outcomes through Flexible Leadership. American Accounting Association, 2014 National Conference Proceedings Publication.

Copeland, M. (2014). Research Framework for Measuring Multiple Bottom Lines. American Accounting Association, 2014 National Conference Proceedings Publication.

Copeland, M. (2014). The Assessing and Measuring Financial and Accounting Consulting Success - A Case Study Providing a Proposed Assessment Methodology. American Accounting Association, 2014 National Conference Proceedings Publication.

Copeland, M. (2014). Sustainability and Measuring What Matters. American Accounting Association, 2014 Northeast Regional Conference Proceedings Publication.

Copeland, M. (2013). The Impact of Ethical Leadership of Leader Effectiveness in the Accounting Industry . Research on Professional Responsibility and Ethics in Accounting, pending final review/revision completion.

Copeland, M. (2013). The Emerging Significance of Values Based Leadership, A Literature Review. International Journal of Leadership Studies, 8(2).

Copeland, M. (2013). The Importance of Ethical Leadership in the Accounting Industry .Regent University Published Dissertations. ProQuest Dissertations and Theses, 2013.

Copeland, M. (2011). Values Based Leadership. In Gandolfi, F. (Ed.), Foundations of Contemporary Leadership (pp144-171). Köln, Germany: LAP Lambert Academic Publishing.

Copeland, M. (2010). Benefits, Limitations and Best Practices of Online Coursework…Should Accounting Programs Jump on Board? American Accounting Association, 2010 Northeast Proceedings Publication.

Copeland, M. (2010). Marketing and Advertising for the CPA: Leading-Edge Strategies. The CPA Journal, Aug 2010.

Copeland, M. (2010). Strategies for Developing Entrepreneurs: Nature or Nurture. MBA Review, 9(3), 16-23.

Copeland, M. (2009). An Entrepreneurial Mindset: The Essential Component for a Competitive Edge. MBA Review, 8(7), pp. 32-36.

Copeland, M. (2009). The Impact of Authentic, Ethical, Transformational Leadership on Leader Effectiveness. Southern Management Association 2009 Proceedings Publication.

Copeland, M. (2009). HR Strategies in Seemingly Adverse Economic Times. HR Review, 9(5), 48-53.

Scholarly Presentations:

American Accounting Association – National and Regional Conferences –2014
Assessing and Measuring Financial and Accounting Consulting Success - A Case Study Providing a Proposed Assessment Methodology.

American Accounting Association – National and Regional Conferences –2014
Research Framework for Measuring Multiple Bottom Lines.

American Accounting Association – National and Regional Conferences –2014
Improving Financial Outcomes through Flexible Leadership.

American Accounting Association – National Conference –2014 - CTLA
Adding Hands on Learning – Cloud Computing Options for Accounting Coursework for Undergraduate and Graduate Coursework.

American Accounting Association – Regional Conference –2014
Conference Presentation - Increasing Student Interest and Engagement by Infusing Entrepreneurship Education into Accounting Curriculum.

American Accounting Association – Regional Conference –2014
Conference Presentation –Adding easy to adopt, hands on learning of Accounting Software to any accounting course.

American Accounting Association – National Conference –August 2013
The Impact of Ethics and Ethical Leadership in the Accounting Profession
Submission awarded Best Research/Best Paper for the AAA Ethics Symposium

American Accounting Association – National Conference –August 2013
Adding Hands on Learning of Accounting Systems to Undergraduate and Graduate Coursework

American Accounting Association – National Conference –August 2013
Improving Critical Thinking through Effective Pedagogy for Online Coursework

American Accounting Association – Northeast Regional Conference – October 2010
Benefits, Limitations and Best Practices of Online Coursework…Should Accounting Programs Jump on Board?

Conclave for Leadership Research and Analysis – Paper Presentation - May 2010
Values Based Leadership and Leader Effectiveness

Southern Management Association – Paper Presentation – November 2009
The Authentic, Ethical and Transformational Leadership Model (Research Study)

American Accounting Association – Northeast Regional Conference – November 2009
Incorporating Accounting Software Coursework into Accounting Curriculum

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