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Shirley A. Polejewski

Professor : Accounting Department
 

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Shirley A. Polejewski joined the University of St. Thomas faculty in 1976 and became the first woman professor hired in the Opus College of Business as well as the first woman tenured and the first to have a Ph.D. in the area of teaching accounting. She has taught in the UST MBA program, the International (MIM) program the first Masters of Accounting program, as well as the undergraduate accounting and business ethics programs. She has also taught in the semester abroad in London, England, the University of Shantou, in Shantou, China, and College at Osaka, Japan. She led seven J-terms abroad, visiting England, Germany, France, Belgium, Austria and Switzerland.

Polejewski’s research focuses on issues in cost/managerial accounting and she has made several presentations in various countries at the Asian Pacific International Accounting Conferences as well as serving on the advisory committee and being a moderator at many of the sessions during the conferences. 

Polejewski is on the accounting advisory board of Hennepin Technical College, the finance committee of the St. Benedict’s Monastery, the secretary/treasurer as well as a board member of the Lexington Commons Townhouse Association. She has been on the St. Thomas More school board, serving on the finance committee. She is the in-residence professor of the Institute of Management Accountants of the Minneapolis chapter. She chaired the luncheon presentation of the Asian Pacific Accounting Conference in Maui, Hawaii, in 2012.

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Academic Background

B.S., business administration: accounting/economics, University of Great Falls
M.Acc., Utah State University
Ph.D., higher education/accounting/ business education, University of Minnesota


Research Specialties

  • Accounting for faith-based organizations
  • International accounting


Major Works

  • "The History of the Impact of the Financial Crisis on Accounting Standards." Pending presentation, Balli, Indonesia, November 2013.
  • "Incorporating Ethics in the Accounting Curriculum." Paper presented at the Asian Pacific International Accounting Conference, Maui, Hawaii, November, 2012.
  • "Outsourcing Offshoring Accounting: Pro and Con." Paper presented at the Asian Pacific International Accounting Conference, Beijing, China, October, 2011. 
  • "Sustainability, Accounting and Reporting," Accounting Instructors' Report (Spring, 2011).
  • Polejewski, S. A. and T. Ressler, “Leading Cost Accounting Students from Naïve Analysis to Realistic Analysis,” Human Systems Management Journal 29:1 (2010): 11-26.
  • "Resource Consumption Accounting," Accounting Instructors' Report (2010).
  • "German Cost Accounting vs. Activity-based Costing," Accounting Instructors' Report (2010).
  • “Sustainability Accounting and Reporting.” Paper presented at the Asian Pacific International Accounting Conference, Gold Coast, Australia-QLD, November, 2010.
  • "Teaching Business Ethics in the Accounting Discipline: A Faith Based Professor’s View." Paper presented at the Asian Pacific International Accounting Conference, Las Vegas, Nevada, November, 2009.
  • “Leading Cost Accounting Students from Naïve to Realistic Analysis." Paper presented at the Asian Pacific International Accounting Conference, Paris, France, November, 2008.
  • "Is German Cost Accounting (GPK) and Activity Based Costing (ABC) Complimentary?” Paper presented at the Asian Pacific International Accounting Conference, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, December, 2007.
  • “Transfer Pricing: Issues and Challenges." Paper presented at the Asian Pacific Accounting Conference, Maui, Hawaii, 2006.
  • “How Cultural Difference Affect the Development and Implementation of International Accounting Standards." Paper presented at the Asian Pacific Accounting Conference, Wellington, New Zealand, 2005.
  • “International Accounting Standards: Europe and Asian Perspective." Paper presented at the Asian Pacific International Accounting, Wellington, New Zealand, 2005.
  • “Chinese GAAP VS IAS." Paper presented at the Asian Pacific International Accounting Conference, Seoul, Korea, 2004.
  • “Harmonization in the European Union: Effect of Integration of Czech." Paper presented at the Asian Pacific International Accounting Conference, Seoul, Korea, 2004.
  • “Free Trade Zones: Their Impact in Developing Markets." Paper presented at the Asian Pacific International Accounting Conference, Bangkok, Thailand, 2003.
  • “Software Issues in International Accounting." Paper presented at the Asian Pacific International Accounting Conference, Los Angeles, California, 2002.
  • "Teaching Business Ethics in the Accounting Discipline: A Catholic Professor’s View," Quarterly Journal of Review of Distribution, Communication and Administrative Sciences, Osaka, Japan (March, 1995).


Significant Scholarly Honors

  • Recognized for 35 years at the University of St. Thomas, St. Paul, MN, 2012.
  • Outstanding Faculty in Service Award, University of St. Thomas, $1000, 2005.
  • OCB Research Grant, 2008.
  • UST/OCB Research Grant Summer, $5000, 2007.
  • Distinguished Alumna, University of Great Falls, Montana, 2001
  • Distinguished Professor, Ware College, Virginia, 2000
  • Outstanding Board Member of the Year, Viking Chapter of Institute of Management Accountants, 1990
  • President, Accounting Educators of Minnesota, 1986-1987
  • President, Minnesota Accounting Educators Council, 1986
  • Vice President Minnesota Accounting Educators, 1985- 1986


Memberships

  • American Accounting Association
  • Beta Alpha Si Fraternity
  • DES Fraternity
  • Quarter Century Club of UST