Accounting Department Faculty

Dr. Mary Kay Copeland

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


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. with an accounting concentration 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 eight articles and one book chapter including articles in the CPA Journal 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, one of 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 20 year career in public accounting and consulting. This included 11 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.


Articles and Book Chapters:

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 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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