Sami Golaski '18

Creating a Bridge Through Accounting

Sami Golaski '18

major: accounting & financial management

"I've observed that engineering and management are two technical fields that need someone to bridge the gap between them. That is what I want to do."

Sami Golaski '18

Student Managed Investment Fund (SMIF)

SMIF is a two-semester experiential course in which a select group of Bucknell seniors and 2nd semester juniors manages approximately $1.7 million of Bucknell's endowment in two funds.

The course exposes students to the intellectual and practical challenges of running a small investment company.

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J. Frank Brown '78

A Leader in the Art of Global Leadership

J. Frank Brown '78

major: accounting

"My interest has been in leadership and how I develop other leaders. Understanding how to do that in a multicultural, global environment has been a fascination for me, and something I've tried to be vocal about."

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Bucknell professor and former SMIF co-director David Jensen, and students Zach Schattner and Annie Dean

Bucknell professor and former SMIF co-director David Jensen, and students Zach Schattner and Annie Dean, are featured in this CNBC video about the Student Managed Investment Fund.

Faculty: Accounting & Financial Management

To succeed in this uncertain environment, financial services professionals need more than just a basic grasp of analytical tools and conventions. They need to be able to look at the broader economic and political contexts in which financial decisions are made.

Meet Our Faculty

This isn’t your grandfather’s economy. Our program in accounting and finance is rooted in our liberal arts core to help you make ethical, informed judgments.

Regulations and economics governing accounting and financial services are changing constantly, and investors have more questions than ever. You'll need more than a grasp of the rules and analytic tools to succeed in the marketplace of tomorrow — you'll need to understand the economic and political environment where important financial decisions are made. You'll get that in our program.

Leaders must ensure that their organizations use capital efficiently and responsibly, yet they face a shifting economic, political, and regulatory landscape. To succeed, accountants and financial services professionals must have a firm grasp on the analytical tools and conventions of their trade. But they must also understand the broader context in which financial transactions occur and make decisions under conditions of varying uncertainty. Bucknell's Accounting and Financial Management program blurs the lines between accounting and finance. Students learn accounting standards, but they also understand the context in which standards emerge and continue to evolve. They learn the conventions of financial analysis, but they also learn to apply these conventions with integrity and sound judgment.

Our Philosophy

We are all scholars here.  We have a duty to our profession, our society, and our students to engage in scholarship as a life-long search for new answers to intellectually vital questions. By our example as scholars, we teach our students the importance of an abiding curiosity and thirst for knowledge.

Students come first. We base every decision on what is best for our students, and though reasonable people disagree about what is "best," we do not accept decisions premised on any lesser standard.

The right to be authentic. We believe in allowing each faculty member the autonomy to express their uniqueness as teachers, scholars, and community members. The interplay among these diverse perspectives, rather than any one best model of pedagogy or scholarship, promotes learning, passion, and innovation.

Truly professional education. We are committed to our students' professional development. We define "professional" broadly to include technical competence, intellectual depth, and moral development. The truly professional manager is not constrained by narrow conventions but understands organizations, has the skills and creativity to lead them, and thinks deeply and responsibly about their impact on society.

Leave room for community.  Even in our autonomy, we are responsible to each other, to help each other achieve our professional goals and to work together in common cause. We value the fundamental trust and easy collegiality that we share.

Faculty Spotlight

Meet all of our faculty

Mark Bettner

Professor of Management; Christian R. Lindback Chair in Accounting & Financial Management; Chair, Accounting & Financial Management Program

Mark Bettner

"I am committed to teaching and scholarship approaches that use storytelling and metaphor to bring otherwise sterile concepts to life."

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Curtis Nicholls

Associate Professor

Curtis Nicholls

"I'm interested in the fallout, or the potential effects of SEC investigations - how it impacts these firms outside of just we know that they were bad, and we are slapping them on the hand."

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Hands-on Experience

Experiential course

Student Managed Investment Fund (SMIF)

This two-semester experiential course exposes students to the intellectual and practical challenges of running a small investment company. This select group of Bucknell seniors manages approximately $1.7 million of Bucknell's endowment.

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Internships provide management and accounting students with real-world business experience, professional development and networking benefits. Bucknell's Career Development Center helps students identify and apply for internships with companies like PricewaterhouseCoopers, Goldman Sachs and Merrill Lynch.

outside the classroom

Study Abroad

At Bucknell, management and accounting majors often enhance their studies by spending a summer, semester or year abroad through one of Bucknell's own "in" programs or through one of many approved programs around the world.


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