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About the Author

Karen Collins

Dr. Karen Collins is associate professor of accounting at Lehigh University in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania. She has a Ph.D. in accounting from Virginia Tech. Dr. Collins coordinates the college's freshman-level Introduction to Business course. Exploring Business has evolved based on Dr. Collin’s innovative and successful approach to Lehigh’s Introduction to Business course. She was recently honored with an Innovation in Teaching Award for the course from the Middle Atlantic Association of Colleges and Business Administration (AACSB).

Dr. Collins’s research interests include upward mobility of women in accounting, quality of life issues, stress, and ethnic diversity in the accounting profession. She has published articles in journals such as Accounting, Organizations and Society, Accounting Horizons, Journal of Accountancy, Journal of Vocational Behavior, and Journal of Occupational Health Psychology.

Dr. Collins has won numerous teaching awards while at Lehigh, including the Deming Lewis Faculty Award (for the faculty member who had the strongest influence on the ten-year graduating class), in 2003; the Faculty Recognition Award (from the Dean of Students Office), also in 2003; and the Andersen Consulting Faculty Fellowship for Excellence in Teaching, 1998–99 and 1999–2000.