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Katherine J. Silvester, Ph.D. has been a Professor of Accounting in the Department of Accounting and Business Law at Siena College since 2003. She spent her early professional career as a Management Accountant and Business Manager at entrepreneurial subsidiaries of companies such Martin Marietta and Alcoa. Subsequently, she earned her Ph.D. in Accounting from the University of Maryland in College Park in 1992. She has taught both undergraduate and graduate students at the University of Maryland, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, and now at Siena College. Her primary teaching and research interests lie in the areas of managerial and cost accounting, pricing, quality/cost issues, and accounting pedagogy. In addition, she has previously published in journals such as the Journal of Business Case Studies, the Journal of Accounting Case Research, Journal of Higher Education  Theory and Practice,  and the Journal of Accounting and Public Policy. Her academic and pedagogical research has been presented throughout the U.S. and Western Europe at both professional and academic conferences.

Degree Program University
Ph.D. Accounting University of Maryland
B.S. Accounting; Magna Cum Laude University of Maryland

My Siena Experience

My Teaching Philosophy

Teaching involves much more than transmitting information to students. Teaching involves interacting with each student in an encouraging and empathetic manner. I believe that it is my responsibility to structure each lesson so that the student can see how everything fits together into the "big picture." I firmly believe that "if you can't draw it, you don't understand it."

My Favorite Courses to Teach

I love teaching ACCT 350 - Cost Accounting. I enjoy helping accounting majors develop their analytical skills by learning how to use cost flow diagrams (boxes).

My Professional Experience

Year Title University
2022 - 2023 Interim Dean, School of Business Siena College
2020 - 2021 Department Chair, Department of Accounting and Business Law Siena College
2019 - Now Professor of Accounting Siena College
2013 - 2016 Department Head, Department of Accounting and Business Law Siena College
2003 - 2019 Associate Professor of Accounting; Tenured Spring 2009 Siena College
1996 - 2003 Assistant Clinical Professor Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute
1992 - 1996 Assistant Professor Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute
1988 - 1991 Lecturer and Research Assistant University of Maryland
1984 - 1986 Senior Business Manager Martin Marietta Corporation
1981 - 1982 Accounting Manager Applied Management Sciences, Inc
1976 - 1981 Office Administrator Alcoa Marine Corporation - Subsidiary of the Aluminum Company of America

Current Research

My primary teaching and research interests lie in the areas of managerial and cost accounting, pricing, quality/cost issues, and accounting pedagogy

Articles & Book Reviews

  • Nina's River Street Cakes: Using Diagrammatic Problem Representation for Analyzing Activity Costs
    Journal of Business Cases and Applications, vol. 33
    March, 2022
  • Visualization of Cost Variances in the Strategic Analysis of Changes in Operating Income
    International Academic Conference on Business
    August, 2017
  • Manufacturing Cost Flow Diagrams as an Alternative Method of External Problem Representation - A Diagrammatic Approach to Teaching Cost Accounting and Evidence of Its Effectiveness
    Journal of Higher Education Theory and Practice, vol. 16
    June, 2016
  • The Quilt Company: An Experiential Case in the Behavioral Effects of Accounting and Measurement Upon Manufacturing Quality
    Journal of Business Case Studies, vol. 4
    October, 2008
  • Integrated Market Immersion Approach to Teaching New Product Development in Technologically-Oriented Teams
    Journal Of Product Innovation Management, vol. 19
    January, 2002
  • Coffee Anyone? - Part 2: Additional Business Opportunity Statements For Unstructured Capital Budgeting Projects
    Journal of Business Case Studies, vol. 9
    Mar/Apr, 2013
  • Coffee Anyone? An Unstructured Capital Budgeting Project to Encourage Critical Thinking Skills in Accounting Students
    Journal of Business Case Studies, vol. 8
    Mar/Apr, 2012
  • Faith's Country Primitives: An Excel Project in Flexible Budgeting and Standard Cost Analysis
    Journal of Business Case Studies, vol. 13
    Oct-Dec, 2017
  • Mr. V's Boutique: A Case in Cost Analysis and Prediction
    The Journal Of Accounting Case Research, vol. 9
    Spring, 2007
  • Stock Market Reactions to Activity-Based Costing Adoptions
    Journal Of Accounting And Public Policy, vol. 18
    Summer, 1999
  • Why ABC Failed and How It May Yet Succeed
    Journal Of Cost Management
    Winter, 1996

Awards & Distinctions

  •  A Best Paper Award for my paper presentation in Session 218, 12/31/2019.  
    Category: Teaching-Research
    International Academic Conference on Business, Orlando, Florida, 2019
  •  Annual School of Business Award to a Faculty Member.
    Category: Teaching
    Siena College School of Business, 2017
  • Best Paper Award for Session in which my pedagogical Capital Budgeting paper was presented. January 2012. Orlando, Florida.
    Category: Other
    International Business and Economics Conference, 2012
  • Best Paper Award
    Category: Research
    The 2009 International Association of Business Research and Teaching and Learning Conferences, 2009
  • Annual School of Business Award to a Faculty Member.
    Category: Teaching
    Siena College School of Business, 2008
  • Best Paper Award
    Category: Research
    European Teaching and Learning Conference, 2006
  • Grant to attend the European Teaching and Learning Conference, Florence, Italy
    Category: Research
    Committee on Teaching and Development, 2006
  • Selected as one of three faculty members, nation-wide, for their annual Faculty Excellence Award.
    Category: Other
    Boeing Corporation Key Executive Faculty Excellence Award, 1994
  • Selected for and attended the New Faculty Accounting Consortium, sponsored by Arthur Andersen, Chicago, Illinois.
    Category: Research
    Arthur Andersen New Faculty Accounting Consortium, 1993
  • Received the University of Maryland, School of Business, Allan J. Krowe Award for Excellence in Teaching by a Doctoral Student.
    Category: Teaching
    Krowe Award for Excellence in Teaching by a Doctoral Student, 1991
  • Superior Performance Award while employed by Martin Marietta Data Systems as a Senior Business Manager.
    Category: Other
    Martin Marietta Excalibur Award for Superior Performance, 1985

Books & Book Chapters

  • The Performance Effects of Activity-Based Costing and Management Systems (Monograph)
    Consortium for Advanced Manufacturing-International (CAM-I)
    1992

Presentations

  • Visual Techniques to Reduce Cognitive Overload in Student Learners
    May, 2020
    The Teaching Professor Conference, Atlanta, Georgia
  • Using a Diagrammatic Instructional Approach to Reduce Student Cognitive Overload in A Cost Allocation and Pricing Case
    December, 2019
    International Academic Conference on Business, Orlando, Florida
  • Diagramming Cost Allocations to Enhance Student Learning
    August, 2018
    Academy of Business Research Conference, Boston, Massachusetts
  • Engaging Business and Accounting Students in the College Classroom
    August, 2018
    Academy of Business Research Conference, Boston, Massachusetts
  • Visualization of Cost Variances in the Strategic Analysis of Changes in Operating Income
    August, 2017
    International Academic Conference on Business, New York, New York
  • Faith's Country Primitives: Using an Excel Project to Reinforce the Teaching of Standard Costing and Variance Analysis
    2015
    International Education Conference, Orlando, Florida
  • Cost Flow Diagrams a an Alternative Method of External Problem Representation
    October, 2014
    American Accounting Association Northeast Regional Meeting, Albany, New York
  • A Diagrammatic Approach to Teaching Cost Flows and Evidence of Its Effectiveness
    August, 2013
    American Accounting Association National Meeting, Anaheim, California
  • Capital Budgeting Project for Accounting Students: A New Business Analysis; Presentation DW12-424
    January, 2012
    International Business & Economics Conference, Orlando, Florida
  • An Activity-Based Costing Manufacturing Simulation Using LEGO Blocks, Presentation NO11-350
    2011
    International Business & Economics Conference, New Orleans, Louisiana
  • Teaching Cost Accounting Logic Using Cost Flow Diagrams, Presentation NO11-144
    2011
    International Education Conference, New Orleans, Louisiana
  • Teaching Process Costing Theory and Technique Through Experiential Learning Exercises
    March, 2009
    The 2009 IABR and TLC Conferences, San Antonio, Texas
  • Quilt Company: An Experiential Case of Accounting, Cost of Quality, and Performance Measurement in a Manufacturing Environment
    June, 2006
    European Teaching and Learning Conference, Florence, Italy
  • A Teaching Workshop on the Quilt Company: An Experiential Case of Accounting, Cost of Quality, and Performance Measurement in a Manufacturing Environment
    May, 2006
    Hawaiian International Conference on Business, Honolulu, Hawaii
  • Teaching New Product Development in Technologically-Oriented Teams
    October, 2002
    Product Development Managers Association International Conference, Orlando, Florida
  • Assessing Team-Based Student Projects
    May, 2002
    Annual Renssealer Colloquium on Teaching and Learning, Troy, New York
  • Why Activity-Based Costing Failed and How it May Yet Succeed: Recognizing Structural Barriers to Change
    October, 1994
    American Society for Competiveness (ASC) Conference, Boston, Massachusetts
  • The Performance Effects of Activity-Based Costing and Management Systems
    September, 1992
    Consortium for Advanced Manufacturing-International, Copenhagen, Denmark
  • The Performance Effects of Activity-Based Costing and Management Systems
    1992
    Consortium for Advanced Manufacturing-International, Boston, Massachusetts