CPAexcel’s students learn from the top team of CPA Review Course Professors in the country. These professors author the content, deliver the lectures and mentor those students who have elected to receive Professor Mentoring services as part of their CPA Review Course. We decided to ask our CPA Review Course Professors a few fun questions to get to know them better. This week, we feature CPAexcel author and video lecturer, Marianne M. Jennings.

CPAexcel:  What one thing do you wish all of your accounting students knew before coming into your class?

Professor Marianne Jennings:   That accountants and auditors have helped companies step into, and sometimes dive into, the treacherous waters of fraud.

CPAexcel:  Which accounting topic do your students currently find the most challenging?

Professor Marianne Jennings:  Off-shore taxation issues and the distinction between avoidance and evasion.

CPAexcel:  What do you say to students who ask, “Why should I major in accounting?”

Professor Marianne Jennings:  Job security, because the world has always needed and will always need accountants.

CPAexcel:  What’s the most enjoyable accounting concept to teach?

Professor Marianne Jennings:  Ethics, of course!

CPAexcel:  What’s the biggest change you’ve seen in the accounting teaching field during your career?

Professor Marianne Jennings:  That we have to have a separate ethics class.

CPAexcel:  Does your family ask you to do their taxes?

Professor Marianne Jennings: No, they don’t trust me.

CPAexcel:  What do you do for fun when not teaching? Or, how do you relax?

Professor Marianne Jennings:  Teaching and writing are my hobbies, so there is a blurred line. Any down time is spent with family.

Bio Snapshot

Arizona State University – W.P. Carey School of Business

  • Professor of Legal and Ethical Studies

Professor Marianne Jennings is a professor of legal and ethical studies in the Department of Management in the W.P. Carey School of Business at Arizona State University. She joined the faculty at ASU in 1977 and became a full professor in 1983. In May 2006, Jennings was named as the faculty director for the MBA Executive Program.

Jennings also directed the Joan and David Lincoln Center for Applied Ethics from 1995–1999. Her undergraduate degree in finance and her J. D. were taken at Brigham Young University.

Consulting Work

Jennings has done consulting work for AES, Boeing, Dial Corporation, Mattel, Motorola, CFA Institute, Southern California Edison, the Arizona Auditor General, the Cities of Phoenix, Mesa, and Tucson, the Institute of Internal Auditors, AIMR, Boeing, Coca-Cola, DuPont, AES, Blue Cross Blue Shield, Motorola, Hy-Vee Foods, IBM, Bell Helicopter, Amgen, and VIAD.