Lerner Welcomes New Faculty: Karen McDougal

This year, the University of Delaware’s Alfred Lerner College welcomed 11 new faculty members into the Lerner community. Karen McDougal comes to Lerner from Penn State University’s Brandywine campus as an instructor of accounting. McDougal spoke with Lerner about her passion for accounting, as well as why she chose to come to the University of Delaware.


Lerner: What is your professional and academic background?


McDougal: I spent the first 10 years of my career working in public and private accounting. I have spent the past 15 years in academia working at Temple University, St. Joseph’s University and Penn State’s Brandywine Campus teaching all levels of accounting courses.



Lerner: What is your research focus?


McDougal: My research focuses on accounting education and pedagogy.



Lerner: What inspired you to work in your field, research or subject area?


McDougal: I wanted to be an accountant since I was nine years old and I have spent my entire career working in the field as wells as educating others to do the same.



Lerner: What is it about UD that made you want to work, teach and research here?


McDougal: The University of Delaware has a reputation for providing a stellar education with a student-centered focus.



Lerner: What course are you most excited to teach at Lerner?


McDougal: Financial Accounting (ACCT 207)! I love to assist students with discovering the world of accounting.



Lerner: What is something unique about you that may surprise your peers and students?


McDougal: I love cooking and entertaining family and friends in my home. I have dreams to complete a culinary arts program one day.

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