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Connie K. Mersch

Academic Biography:
I began my career as a tax accountant with Ernst & Whinney (now Ernst & Young). I then spent fourteen years in the tax department at Glaxo Inc. (now Glaxosmithkline Inc.) and another six years in the tax department at Nortel Networks. While at both Glaxo and Nortel, I specialized in handling international tax issues along with managing corporate tax audits. I earned my CPA certification in 1986. I am currently certified in Texas and North Carolina and am registered as a CPA in Illinois. I began teaching accounting on a part-time basis in 2009. I enjoyed it so much that I soon decided I wanted to teach full-time. I came to Monmouth College because it is a place that values teaching above all else. I particularly enjoy designing active learning exercises and hands-on projects that help my students better understand the accounting concepts they are learning.

Research Interests:
My interests are primarily in the area of federal income tax. I do legal research on both corporate and individual income tax issues. I also have a strong interest in managerial accounting; specifically the interplay between managerial accounting reports and employee performance evaluation issues.

Selected Research and/or Creative Work:
My managerial accounting students learn basic cost accounting concepts by building towers using marshmallows and bamboo sticks and then accounting for the "costs". My tax students learn how to prepare individual income tax returns by working on a semester-long tax case I developed based on a popular movie family. I also assist with the Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) program on campus each spring. Both accounting and non-accounting students participate in this program and learn how to help members of the local community file required federal and state income tax returns.

Courses Taught:
ACCT 203 Financial Accounting
ACCT 204 Managerial Accounting
ACCT 304 Advanced Managerial Accounting
ACCT 363 Federal Income Tax
ACCT 364 VITA Service Learning
ACCT 375 Governmental Accounting
INTG 403 Taxes & the Citizenry

Education:
B.A. Northern Illinois University 1981
M.P.A. University of Texas, Arlington 1984

Contact Info:
Office: Rm 256 Ctr for Sci & Busi
Email: cmersch@monmouthcollege.edu