Linda Hajec, M.B.A.

Linda Hajec, M.B.A.
Associate Chair of Student Recruitment, Retention, and Outreach, Black School of Business
Assistant Teaching Professor of Accounting, Accounting and MPAcc Programs
Office Phone
Office Location
281G Burke
PENN STATE BEHREND
281 BURKE CENTER
ERIE PA 16563
Biography

CPA; M.B.A., Duquesne University (2000); Research and teaching interests include accounting, supply chain and related contracts, warehousing, enterprise resource systems, and systems and documentation. Linda spent 14 years in the manufacturing industry, most recently as Vice President of Finance and Administration at a company with sales in excess of $90 million. Linda spent six years in public accounting at an international accounting firm, working primarily in audit and consulting for manufacturing and not-for-profit clients.

Teaching

Teaching Philosophy

Accounting is the language of business. Just as you learn the basics of a language to travel in a new country, you should learn the basics of accounting to be able to get around in the world of business. The better your mastery a country's language, the richer your experience in that country. And so it goes with business. The stronger your understanding of the language, the more you will receive from your experience, the more you will contribute back to your organization, and the better you will be able to make decisions based on sound principles, with a broad perspective.

My teaching philosophy is based on the fundamental principle that we are all meant to be life-long learners. I devote time to studying current developments in accounting, and also to developing new methods of presentation of the material. Learning is an interactive process, and we learn by relating new concepts to what we already understand. What we learn today will help us understand a new situation that arises tomorrow. My goal is for students to see how accounting serves as the basis for managing a business. In the classroom, I provide examples to help students see the relevance of the material, and encourage the class to interact in a way that lets us explore ideas together, and pursue the material rather than being buried in it. When students walk into the classroom and share a story out of the day’s headlines, and relate it to something we have discussed in class, we succeed.

Courses Taught

  • ACCTG 211: Financial and Managerial Accounting for Decision Making
  • ACCTG 305: Financial Statements and Management Decisions
  • ACCTG 371: Intermediate Accounting I
  • ACCTG 450: Advanced Accounting

Service

Record of Membership in Professional and Learned Societies

  • Pennsylvania Institute of Certified Public Accountants, 2011- present, 1988-96.
  • Financial Executives International, 2006-08.

Service to Public and Private Organizations

  • Auditor, First United Methodist Church, Erie PA, 2011, 2010, 2009, 2008.
  • Member, Corry Area School District School Board, Corry PA:
    • Chair, Finance Committee, 2011-present
    • Treasurer, 2011- present
    • Member, Personnel Committee, 2011- present
    • Member, Policy Committee, 2011 - present
  • Corry High School, Corry PA:
    • Vo-Tech Business Occupational Advisory Committee member, 2000- present
    • Business Week Advisor, 1999-08.
  • Corry Higher Education Council, Corry PA:
    • Volunteer Instructor, 2007.
    • 21st Century Girls, 2002-08.
    • Board Member, 2000-03.

Assistance to Student Organizations

  • Accounting Club. Adviser, Black School of Business, Penn State Erie, Erie PA, 2011-

 

Education

MBA, Business Administration, Duquesne University

BS, Accounting, Penn State Erie, The Behrend College