Faculty & Staff Detail

Mary Kay Copeland

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


Mary Kay Copeland

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./MBA (accounting) from the University of Buffalo and a Ph.D. from Regent University.

Dr. Copeland's primary teaching responsibilities are in the areas 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 assists 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.

Research/Publications

Publications: Peer Reviewed Journal Articles (Double Blind Review):

Copeland, M.K. & Cabanda, E. (2016) Efficiency Measurement in the U.S. Publicly Held Insurance Industry: A Two-Stage Efficiency Model. International Journal of Information Systems in the Service Sector (IJISSS), in Review

Copeland, M. (2015).  The Impact of Ethical Leadership on Leader Effectiveness in the Accounting Industry. Research on Professional Responsibility and Ethics in Accounting,19(1).

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

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

Publications: Books:

Turner, L.; Weickgenannt, A. & Copeland, M. (2016). Accounting Information Systems: The Processes and Controls, 3rd Edition. Hoboken, NJ: John Wiley & Sons, Inc., In Press

Copeland, M. (2016). The Importance of Ethics and Ethical Leadership in the Accounting Profession. Saarbrücken, Germany: LAP Lambert Academic Publishing., In Press

Copeland, M. (2015).Understanding ERP and Accounting Information Systems using Microsoft Dynamics GP. Microsoft Academic Alliance Coursework.

Copeland, M. (2015). Introduction to ERP Systems using Microsoft Dynamics AX. Seattle, WA: Microsoft Academic Alliance Coursework.

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

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

Publications: Books (Under Contract):

Copeland, M. (2016). Fundamentals of Enterprise Resource Planning Systems: Topics in AIS and MIS. New York, NY : Business Expert Press.

Publications: Peer Reviewed Conference Proceeding Publications - American Accounting Association Conference Proceedings:

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

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

Copeland, M. (2013).  The Impact of Ethics and Ethical Leadership in the Accounting Profession. (awarded Best Research/Best Paper for a Recent PhD Graduate at the AAA National Meeting - Ethics Symposium). American Accounting Association, 2013 National Conference Proceedings Publication.

Copeland, M. (2013).  Improving Critical Thinking through Effective Pedagogy for Online Coursework. American Accounting Association, 2013 National Conference Proceedings Publication.

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

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

Publications: Invited Articles (Editor Reviewed):

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

Conference Presentations

American Accounting Association – National Conference – 2015 

  • Emerging/Innovative Research - Sustainability and Measuring What Matters – ERP and Lean Production and Accounting – Complimentary or Contradictory?
  • Conference for Teaching and Learning Presentation - Adoption of Online Accounting Coursework - Strategies and Lessons Learned for Maximizing On-line Learning Effectiveness (Teaching and Technology Roundtable).
  • Conference for Teaching and Learning Presentation - Including ERP and Financial Reporting and Analysis Cloud Options in Accounting Coursework.

 American Accounting Association – National Conference – 2014 

  • Field Studies in Management Accounting – Paper Presentation: Assessing and Measuring Financial and Accounting Consulting Success - A Case Study Providing a Proposed Assessment Methodology.
  • Research Interaction Forum Session - Public Interest Section - Research Framework for Measuring Multiple Bottom Lines.
  • Research Interaction Forum Session - Management Accounting Section - Paper Presentation: Improving Financial Outcomes through Flexible Leadership.
  • Conference for Teaching and Learning Presentation - Adding Hands on Learning – Cloud Computing Options for Accounting Coursework. 

American Accounting Association – Northeast Regional Conference – 2014 

  • Public Interest Section – Paper Presentation - Sustainability and Measuring What Matters - Research Framework for Measuring Multiple Bottom Lines.
  • Session Presentation - Pedagogy and Strategies to Maximize Learning in On-line courses.
  • Session Presentation - Boot camp - Adding easy to adopt, hands on learning of Quick books or Microsoft Dynamics Great Plains to any accounting course.
  • Session Presentation - On-line Accounting Homework Tools - Pros, Cons and Strategies.

 
American Accounting Association – National Conference –2013 

  • Ethics Symposium  Paper Presentation - The Impact of Ethics and Ethical Leadership in the Accounting Profession.  (Also presented at Northeast AAA Conference in 2013)
  • CTLA Presentation - Adding Hands on Learning of Accounting Systems to Undergraduate and Graduate Coursework. .  (Also presented at Northeast AAA Conference in 2013).
  • Paper Presentation - Improving Critical Thinking through Effective Pedagogy for Online Coursework.

American Accounting Association – Northeast Regional Conference – October 2010

  • Paper Presentation - Benefits, Limitations and Best Practices of Online Coursework…Should Accounting Programs Jump on Board?

Conclave for Leadership Research and Analysis – May 2010

  • Paper Presentation - Values Based Leadership and Leader Effectiveness

Southern Management Association – November 2009

  • Paper Presentation –  The Authentic, Ethical and Transformational Leadership Model (Research Study)

American Accounting Association – Northeast Regional Conference – November 2009

  • CTLA – Poster Session - Incorporating Accounting Software Coursework into Accounting Curriculum

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