Mary K. Tarling, M.B.A.

Mary TarlingUndergraduate Chair of the Dunham School of Business and Associate Professor of Accounting

Office Location:Dunham Hall 231
Phone Number: 630-844-7802
Email Address: mtarling@aurora.edu

Teaching Philosophy
My teaching methodology is informed by a personal belief that where there is an engaged student and a willing teacher, there is no content that cannot be mastered. It really comes down to passion and what a student wants to do. Teaching is about closing the gap between where students are, and where they want to be.  My job is to maintain the ability to teach things in multiple ways so that each student can identify with at least one approach, and then equip them to apply what they know in ways that make them shine as individuals.          

Education
PhD – Cardinal Stritch University
MBA – Benedictine University
BS – Northern Illinois University

Areas of Specialization
Accounting
Financial Management
Leadership
Servant Leadership
Management

Courses Taught
Intermediate Accounting I and II
Financial Accounting
Finance
Managerial Accounting
Individual Taxation
Servant Leadership
Social Entrepreneurship
Travel Study courses

Highlights of Publications, Honors and Professional Contributions
National American Management Society Best Paper Award, March 2014
Awarded Illinois CPA Society Outstanding Educator for 2011
Awarded an Honorable Mention for the 2008 Mark Chain/Federation of Schools of Accountancy Innovation in Graduate Teaching Award
Nominated for the 2014 George Krull/Grant Thornton Teaching Innovation Award
Nominated for the Bea Sanders Excellence in Undergraduate Education Award, August 2013
Nominated for the 2013 George Krull/Grant Thornton Teaching Innovation Award
Nominated for the Bea Sanders Excellence in Undergraduate Education Award, August 2011


Highlights of Campus Involvement
General Education Committee
Assessment Committee
Faculty Dispute Resolution Committee
Habitat for Humanity Campus Chapter Faculty Advisor