Elaine M. Phelan

Professional Specialist in Taxation

Phone: (518) 782‑6801
Email: EPHELAN@siena.edu

Elaine M. Phelan


M.S. Accounting University at Albany, SUNY
B.B.A. Accounting Siena College


I am excited to help students learn the language of business, accounting. I want to make numbers come alive and be useful to students in their business and accounting careers. Using real-world examples in class, I strive to make each class relevant, and to connect the importance of accounting with other college courses and experiences.

What I love about Siena:

I love being a part of the Siena Community, a group of dedicated students, professors, and support staff. All of us focus on the importance of the individual and support each other in achieving both professional and personal goals. I also love that Siena students stay connected with me once they graduate.

My Favorite courses to teach are:

Taxation I, of course, Intermediate Accounting I and II.

Professional Experience:

Professional Specialist in Taxation Siena College 2014 - Now
Director, Master of Accounting Program Siena College 2013 - 2014
Lecturer in Accounting Siena College 2013 - 2014
Visiting Assistant Professor of Accounting Siena College 2010 - Now
Visiting Instructor of Accounting Siena College 2010 - 2013
Professional Trainer New York State CSEA 2002 - Now
Program Director - Business Administration and Accounting Sage after Work 2000 - 2010
Lecturer in Accounting Siena College 1996 - 2010
Assistant Professor of Accounting The Sage Colleges 1984 - Now
Owner Elaine M. Phelan, CPA 1984 - Now
Assistant Professor of Accounting The Sage Colleges 1984 - 2010
Audit Manager Price Waterhouse Coopers 1980 - 1984
Audit Manager - Accounting Programs Ernst & Young 1978 - 1980

Office Hours:

TUE: 11:15 AM-02:45 PM
WED: 09:30 AM-11:30 AM
THU: 11:15 AM-12:45 PM

My current research:

Consequences of Alernative Minimum Tx (AMT) on Society

My teaching philosophy:

I strive to develop a chain to connect prior knowledge acquired with current material. Building on the past helps students gain confidence and reach new goals. Also, my personal goal is to make each class count. A student knows more at the end of each class than he/she did at the beginning of class. I also believe that I am enthusiastic about what I do and show that enthusiasm to students in my teaching.

New York, 1981
Topics for the Accounting Information Systems Course: what do employers think is important?
June, 2017
Accounting Information Systems Educator Conference, Colorado Springs, Colorado
How Identity Theft Affects the Tax Paying Public
June, 2015
Tax Update Seminar (AES), Albany, New York
Tax Aspects of the Affordable Care Act
December, 2014
Tax Update Seminar (AES), Albamy, New York