Scott Collins

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Assistant Clinical Professor, Discipline Coordinator of Accounting, Director of One-Year Master of Accounting (MAcc) Program, Office of Professional Graduate Programs

Department Accounting
Office Address 326 Business Building
Phone Number 814-865-1529
Email Address sgc132@psu.edu

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Professor Collins has served on the Smeal College of Business faculty since 2012 and brings over 15 years of experience in accounting practice and teaching into his current position at Penn State. Prior to his current position at Penn State, Professor Collins served as a staff auditor with a multi-billion dollar CPA firm, a plant controller at a multi-billion dollar food manufacturing company, a financial controller at a pre-IPO internet startup company, and an adjunct faculty member for multiple universities. In his current position at Penn State, Professor Collins teaches undergraduate and graduate courses related to financial accounting, managerial accounting, and accounting information systems. In addition to his teaching duties, Professor Collins also serves as the Director of Penn State’s One-Year Master of Accounting (MAcc) Program. His primary research focus involves experimental and behavioral research related to educational pedagogy, and he is also interested in research related to the impact of annual report complexity and sentiment on investor behavior.

Education

Ph D, Management (Accounting), Claremont Graduate University, 2012

MS, Business Administration (Accounting), The Pennsylvania State University, 2009

MBA, Management (Finance), Claremont Graduate University, 2005

BA, Business-Economics (Accounting), University of California, Santa Barbara, 1996

Courses Taught

ACCTG 814 – MANAGERIAL ACCTG (3)
Examination of the internal organizational accounting procedures that establish accountability within organizations.

BA 411 – Analyz Bus Ind (3)
Prepares students to obtain an enterprise-wide view of business and industry by integrating operational and financial decisions in a team and learning environment. B A 411B A 411 Analyzing Business and Industry (3) The course provides the students with a methodology for analyzing the business, introduces the students to sources of financial information available from private and public sources and trains the student to prepare and professionally present business analysis reports. The course, which adopts a user perspective, extends the students' basic knowledge of financial reporting and provides them with a broader context for understanding business that includes economic and social forces, the regulatory environment of businesses and their financial reporting, capital market operations and corporate governance. It applies concepts and decision tools that are studied throughout the curriculum such as present value, financial ratio analysis, break-even point analysis and statistical analysis.

IB 399 – Foreign Studies (3)
Courses offered in foreign countries by individual or group instruction.

ACCTG 399 – Foreign Studies (3)
Courses offered in foreign countries by individual or group instruction.

ACCTG 211H – Financial and Managerial Accounting for Decision Making (4)
Introduction to the role of accounting numbers in the process of managing a business and in investor decision making.

ACCTG 597C – Accounting Scandals (3)
Special topics course that will review past ethics issues and "scandals" the accounting profession.

ACCTG 597c – Accounting Scandals (3)
How fraudulent behavior impacts accounting information, with a particular emphasis on the decomposition of specific accounting scandals and their impact on the marketplace and the accounting profession as a whole.

ACCTG 404 – Managerial Accounting: Economic Perspective (3)
Accounting techniques as planning, control, and motivating devices in business and other organizations; accounting data for decision making and performance evaluation.

ACCTG 495 – Internship (Variable)
Supervised off-campus, nongroup instruction including field experiences, practica, or internships. Written and oral critique of activity required.

ACCTG 596 – Individual Studies (Variable)
Creative projects, including nonthesis research, which are supervised on an individual basis and which fall outside the scope of formal courses.

ACCTG 873 – Advanced Topics in Financial Reporting (3)
Financial disclosure and reporting for complex business enterprises and activities; current issues in financial reporting.

B A 411 – Analyzing Business and Industry (3)
Prepares students to obtain an enterprise-wide view of business and industry by integrating operational and financial decisions in a team and learning environment.

ACCTG 211 – Financial and Managerial Accounting for Decision Making (4)
Introduction to the role of accounting numbers in the process of managing a business and in investor decision making.

ACCTG 432 – Accounting Information Systems (3)
Systems analysis tools and techniques; internal control concepts; development of computer control procedures.