I started at Elon University in 2002 after spending 15 years at the University of North Carolina at Greensboro and North Texas State University prior to that time.
My teaching areas are federal taxation and international tax. I have also developed international study abroad courses and delivered them during the Winter Term for 9 of the 11 Winter Terms while I have been at Elon. They include the Doing Buisiness in the Pacific Rim (The Philippines and Australia), (Hong Kong, Singapore, China); and Doing Business in the Caribbean: Cayman Islands, and Cuba and the Cayman Islands.
I have also taught the tax session in the Becker CPA Review Fast Past Course and have presented several tax presentations in the Department's annual CPE program and for independent CPA firms during my tenure at Elon University.
Dr. C. Catherine Chiang received her Ph.D. degree from the City University of New York (CUNY), Master of Accounting degree from UNC-Chapel Hill and MS in Management degree with a concentration in Management Information Systems from NC State. Prior to joining Elon, she taught at CUNY- Baruch College, Greensboro College, and North Carolina Central University. She has published articles in Journal of Accounting and Public Policy, Review of Quantitative Finance and Accounting, among others. She is on the Editorial Board of International Journal of Organizational Innovation. Her research focuses on the capital market valuation of accounting numbers, especially the valuation of intangible assets such as R&D. Prior to pursuing academic career, she worked as an audit staff at a public accounting firm.
CPA in state of North Carolina
MS and BS degrees in Accounting from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro
Assistant Professor of Accounting at Elon University since fall, 1987.
Faculty Advisor of Beta Alpha Psi
Married with 2 children.
Dr. Irana Scott received her Ph.D. from the University of Memphis. She has seven years teaching experience and over 20 years public and private accounting experience. Prior to joining Elon, she taught at Averett University, the University of Virginia's College at Wise, James Madison University, and the University of Memphis. Before pursuing an academic career, she owned an accounting firm, worked as an audit staff member of a regional accounting firm,and was the controller of a company in the health services industry. Her research focuses on the detection of financial statement fraud. She has published articles in Behavioral Research in Accounting and Research on Professional Responsibility and Ethics in Accounting.
Dr. Paula M. Weller has over 14 years of teaching experience and 20 years of private and public accounting experience. She started teaching at Elon in 1998 as an Adjunct Instructor, becoming a full-time Instructor in 2000, a full-time Lecturer in 2007 to July 2013, and promoted to a Senior Lecturer in August 2013. She also taught adjunct classes for UNC Greensboro, North Carolina A & T State University, and Alamance Community College. Prior to her teaching career, she was CFO, Treasurer of Weaver Investment Company in Greensboro, NC and other accounting roles in the affiliated companies, such as Weaver Realty Company and the Weaver Foundation. She was also a Tax Accountant with Deloitte Haskins & Sells in Greensboro and a Staff Accountant for Texfi Industries in Greensboro, NC. She is a CPA and real estate broker.
I grew up in the tranquil and serene savannah flats of the Kalahari, ten miles from Kuruman, a small town servicing communities that were economically fairly depressed at the time. I was of a fair age (probably grade 5 or 6) before I got my first pair of shoes. Boys of my age in and around Kuruman (and probably my peers here in the US too), did not wear shoes at that time, besides our parents argued that at that age “we grew too quickly out of new shoes” so there was no need for us to have them. And we did not know any better. We drove cattle, gathered and worked sheep, played soccer all day long, and ran for miles on my father’s range. Barefeet. And when the Kalahari’s red sand and rocks got too hot, we simply seeked out the closest and best shady spots waiting until the heat subsided some.
With folks having had to travel great distances to get to schools, most of the kids in our area went to boarding schools. I attended Paarl Gymnasium in the Western Cape province of South Africa. The school (and its dormitories) were situated halfway up the Paarl Mountain and overlooked the Wagenmaker's (Wagon Makers’) Valley, one of the most beautiful valleys of vineyards one could imagine, bordered by the majestic Du Toit's Kloof Mountains. Missing the Kalahari plains tremendously, it took me a while to notice this beauty though, while I really had to make an effort to adapt to the region’s sometimes cold, wet and rainy winters.
But, it was time for me to grow up. After school I attended the universities of Stellenbosch and Johannesburg, attained two law diplomas and practiced law for a short while whereafter I left the profession to work for a large and very successful industrial development bank whose primary objective was (and still is) to generate sustainable economic growth in Southern Africa. Representing my company on the steering committees of two very large multi-million dollar capital projects, I realized that it was time for me to get a business degree. Elon provided this qualification when I completed the Elon University’s MBA program, augmented with sufficient accounting courses to allow me to sit for the CPA exams.And I am still here, teaching accounting, managerial accounting (and sometimes finance) to sophomores and juniors. I am blessed to rub shoulders with the people of this wonderful community. Sadly, this will probably be my last semester teaching here, but I can emphatically say that “I am a Phoenix!!” A long way from running bare feet down cow paths to walking the hallways of our beautiful school.