Katherine J. Silvester

Associate Professor of Accounting

Phone: (518) 782‑6890
Email: ksilvester@siena.edu

Katherine J. Silvester

Degrees:

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

Bio:

Katherine J. Silvester, Ph.D. has been an Associate 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, 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.

My Favorite courses to teach are:

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).

Professional Experience:

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

Why I chose Siena:

Siena College is a special place that emphasizes both the value of each individual and of community. Accordingly, teaching is highly valued and is the foundation of our professional activities.

Office Hours:

MON: 10:00 AM-12:30 PM
TUE:
WED: 01:30 PM-04:00 PM
THU:
FRI:

My current research:

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

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."


Faith's Country Primitives: An Excel Based Project to Reinforce the Teaching of Standard Costing and Variance Analysis
Journal of Business Case Studies, vol. 2017
Spring/Summer, 2017
Faith's Country Primitives: An Excel Project in Flexible Budgeting and Standard Cost Analysis
Journal of Business Case Studies, vol. 13
Oct-Dec, 2017
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
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
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
Mr. V's Boutique: A Case in Cost Analysis and Prediction
The Journal Of Accounting Case Research, vol. 9
Spring, 2007
Integrated Market Immersion Approach to Teaching New Product Development in Technologically-Oriented Teams
Journal Of Product Innovation Management, vol. 19
January, 2002
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
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
Excellence in Teaching Award
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
The Performance Effects of Activity-Based Costing and Management Systems
Consortium for Advanced Manufacturing-International (CAM-I)
ISBN: 00000-0000
1992
Diagramming Cost Allocations to Enhance Student Learning
March, 2018
Academy of Business Research Conference, New Orleans, Louisiana
Engaging Business and Accounting Students n the College Classroom
March, 2018
Academy of Business Research Conference, New Orlans, Louisiana
Visualization of Cost Variances in te 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
Teaching Cost Accounting Logic Using Cost Flow Diagrams, Presentation NO11-144
2011
International Education Conference, New Orleans, Louisiana
An Activity-Based Costing Manufacturing Simulation Using LEGO Blocks, Presentation NO11-350
2011
International Business & Economics 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
1992
Consortium for Advanced Manufacturing-International, Boston, Massachusetts
The Performance Effects of Activity-Based Costing and Management Systems
September, 1992
Consortium for Advanced Manufacturing-International, Copenhagen, Denmark