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University of Colorado Denver Business School, offering Bachelor, MBA, MS, and PhD degrees

Business School, University of Colorado Denver

Courses Taught:

  • Principles of Financial Accounting
  • Introduction to Managerial Accounting
  • Introduction to Income Taxation
  • Intermediate Financial Accounting  Level I & II (Undergraduate  & Graduate Level)
  • Controllership/Financial Leadership (Graduate Level)
  • Financial Statement Analysis (Graduate Level Seminar)

Certifications and Professional Memberships

  • Certified Public Accountant (NC License #18605)
  • American Institute of Certified Public Accountants
  • North Carolina Association of Certified Public Accountants
  • American  Accounting Association

Academic Experience

  • Instructor - University of Colorado Denver - Spring 2013 - Present
  • Lecturer - North Carolina State University - 2005-2012
  • Lecturer- University of North Carolina - 2004-2005

Professional Experience

  • Corporate Controller, Doe & Ingalls (a part of Thermo Fisher Scientific). 2007-2013
  • Self Employed CPA, Jhabvala, CPA P.A. 1989–2007
  • Internal Revenue Agent, Internal Revenue Service. 1986-1989
  • Accounting Manager, Burroughs Wellcome, PLLC (currently GSK). 1984-1986


North Carolina State University, Raleigh, NC

  • B.A. Accounting
  • M.A. Accounting  

The Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, PA

  • Executive Program on Mergers & Acquisitions

Teaching Philosophy

In the 10 years of teaching to undergraduate and graduate students in several university settings, I have come to realize that I am passionate about the field of accounting and passionate about teaching it.

I have also worked in a variety of business settings, from corporate accounting to public accounting to the government (4 years with the IRS) and most recently as a financial controller. Teaching is by far the most rewarding. I love being in a classroom and on a stage where the possibility of a making a positive impact on a student's life can immediately be felt.  I believe that teaching is a partnership between the student and instructor and that my role is to share work experiences and expertise to help students realize their career aspirations.

My teaching method is class lectures along with power points (textbook and self-created) and handouts. I then combine the lectures with discussions of "real" business world examples and applications.  I try to relate to the students how various topics, such as reconciling a bank account, taxes, investments and time value of money concepts, impacts their daily lives and all the while trying to spice it up with humor in hopes of engaging even the most resistant student. I continuously strive to improve my teaching skills by staying current with emerging issues and revising my lectures, techniques and exams.

The message I send to students in the introductory financial courses is that accounting is not "rocket science."  Much of it is quite intuitive. Accounting is also not about complex math.  I urge, in fact implore students when approaching the assigned homework to read the textbook, work the exercises and problems and they will eventually reach those same conclusions.

With regards to the higher level classes, I consider teaching tax accounting and intermediate financial accounting I and II an honor. These rigorous courses are typically taught to accounting or finance majors, undergraduate and graduate students, who understand and appreciate the breadth of the field and are usually diligent workers. Intermediate financial accounting students, undergraduate and graduate alike, are assigned a practice set. A month's set of transactions for a fictitious company that requires the analysis, recording and posting of entries using special journals. The final output is a multi-step income statement, a classified balance sheet, and a statement of cash flows, including any required reconciliations. I believe that this level of student should be able to prepare a complete set financial statements.

I also impart to students, in no uncertain terms, that a good part of my role as instructor is to protect the accounting field from those students not fully prepared to enter it. Tax accounting is not about simply preparing forms and filing tax returns and intermediate financial accounting is not about basic bookkeeping. Both require in-depth thought and analyses of transactions and complex business situations, to be performed with the highest degree of ethics and integrity. I hope my students come away from my classes with that message.

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