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New College of Business Faculty Make Immediate Impact

Published October 29, 2013

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Elizabeth Devos

Elizabeth Devos, Assistant Professor
in the College of Business's
Accounting and Finance Department

Ranked by The Princeton Review as one of the best business schools in the nation, Eastern Michigan University’s College of Business is always searching for new ways to reinvigorate its curriculum.

To stay current and compete with other schools, as well as improve the overall classroom experience for students, the college is working to add courses and programs with the help and insight of new COB faculty.

Elizabeth Devos, for instance, joined the Accounting and Finance Department as an Assistant Professor this year, and is already working to revise the International Accounting and Taxation course.

“She plans to build the course around four modules–international differences in accounting, differences in international capital markets, international taxation, and international tax issues and the U.S.,” says Zafar Khan, professor and department head of the Accounting and Finance Department. “Besides the textbook, the course will utilize current scholarly/professional articles and cases.”

Priyanka Meharia, on the other hand, joined the Accounting and Finance Department in fall 2011 as an assistant professor, and is making an impact on the Accounting Information Systems curriculum.

“She has enhanced the hands-on use of Systems, Applications and Products, an Enterprise Resource Planning software system used by many Fortune 500 companies,” says Khan.

Meharia has also incorporated the use of SAP Business Objects Software for business intelligence, which transforms raw data into useful information for business decisions, as well as SAP Business Objects Dashboards.

“The dashboard provides a customized on screen presentation of important metrics using interactive gauges, charts and diagrams that allow a manager to explore insights and also test future business scenarios,” says Khan.

In addition, a group of accounting and finance faculty members are debating on whether to offer a graduate program in finance, but are working to introduce a new Master of Science in Taxation degree.

As part of the new program proposal process, they’ve met with alumni at several accounting firms and other business organizations to receive feedback on the new program.

“Two new course proposals that may be a part of the new program have already been approved,” says Khan. “The new program proposal is [still in its] initial draft stage. Hopefully, the process [will] be completed in time [to start] the program in fall 2014.”

Khan says these changes will have strong implications for the College of Business in the upcoming years.

“The business world is constantly changing,” says Khan. “[We] make every effort to stay current with new business developments. A reinvigorated curriculum with high quality, innovative new courses and programs should lead to higher enrollment, more successful alumni, new employers, more resources and hopefully greater recognition for the department and the College of Business. [It’s] part of the cycle of success that Dean [Mike] Tidwell likes to emphasize.”


-Written by Princess Gabbara, a senior at Eastern Michigan University, where she will soon earn her bachelor's degree in journalism.

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