Donna L Whitten, Ph.D.

Associate Professor of Accounting


Donna Whitten is an Associate Professor of Accounting for the College of Business. She teaches accounting courses from Introductory to upper level. She publishes in the area of accounting, and topics

Research Overview

Accounting is a well-established, well-organized profession central to contemporary business and financial activity. My research interests includes examining the effect the accounting profession has on the conduct of business and markets, and the individuals in the profession and in higher education. In addition, my research explores factors that impact student learning and persistence.

When I first started teaching, part-time, I was working full-time as an accountant. I quickly realized that I would rather switch things around. Currently, I teach full-time and I do some consulting with a fabulous agency. The balance is perfect and I feel lucky to have been able to pursue my career in accounting in this manner.


Whitten, D., and Brahmasrene, T., “Accounting Reporting Standards: Attitudes toward cash flow reporting and the impact on share price,” International Journal of Critical Accounting, Volume 11, Number 1, 2019. (4% Cabell’s acceptance rate).

Whitten, D., James, A., and Roberts, C., “Factors that Contribute to a Sense of Belonging in Business Students on a Small 4-Year Public Commuter Campus in the Midwest” Journal of College Student Retention: Research, Theory, & Practice, DOI: 10.1177/1521025117726520, Link: and, 2017, August (24% Cabell’s acceptance rate).

Whitten, D. “Mentoring and Work Engagement for Female Accounting Faculty Members in Higher Education” Mentoring and Tutoring: Partnership in Learning, Volume 24, Issue 5, 2016 (20% Cabell’s acceptance rate).

Teaching Focus

My goal is for class to be interactive. In intro courses, I give students opportunities to speak more casually. As students move through the accounting curriculum, there are more in-class, peer-to-peer assignments. Finally, upper level courses are project driven, both group and individual. The goal is to make learning accounting fun and interactive, while moving toward higher order thinking skills

Previous Roles

Prior to joining PNW, I taught for 3 years part-time. I worked as an accountant, accounting director, and controller for a non-profit, a steel processor, a service provider, and a small public accounting firm. The range of these experiences still contributes to my teaching.

Donna Whitten



Office Location:

Westville, Technology Building, Room 181


  • Ph.D – Higher Education Administration, Indiana State University
  • M.B.A. – Indiana University Northwest
  • Bachelor of Science Management/Accounting, Purdue University Calumet

Areas of Expertise

  • Internal controls
  • Ethics Accounting
  • Information Systems
  • Non-Profit issues

Credentials, Accreditations & Awards

  • C.P.A.
  • A.C.U.E.
  • Beta Gamma Sigma Honor Society, 1998