Associate professor of business administration
First Year at St. Kate’s: 1999
Before St. Kate’s: Kalina worked in the audit department of Coopers & Lybrand (now Pricewaterhouse Coopers) and in the controller’s division of Norwest (now Wells Fargo Corporation). She also taught at the University of Wisconsin-River Falls and St. Mary’s University in Winona, Minn.
Courses taught: Primarily upper-level accounting courses in the Day Program and Weekend College, including Intermediate Accounting I and II, and Auditing. Kalina also teaches Financial Accounting and Managerial Accounting, schedule permitting.
Research interests: Kalina’s research interests include integration of Catholic Social Teaching within business programs, the movement of women out of the more traditional accounting areas and the integration of International Financial Reporting Standards within the accounting curriculum.
Working out: When Kalina is not running her three daughters around to their activities, she’s out running. Logging 10k or 10 miles is a favorite pastime and best life-balancing act.
Why a St. Kate’s accounting major is great choice: “Accounting is a field that offers women many opportunities and much flexibility. There is a great need for strong ethical leadership in the accounting field today and our students are in high demand to fill those needs. Accounting can also provide quick advancement and a good salary.”
Best part of working with St. Kate’s students: “It is a privilege for me to work with St. Kate’s students. We have some amazing students at St. Kate’s. They are dedicated, involved, and hard working.”
It’s all about the students: “I love to connect with each of my students. I mentor them along the way. We start out mapping courses together and end up mapping out career paths.” Students recognize her concern for them and their accomplishments; they named her as one of the St. Catherine University Faculty Mentors three years in a row.
Signs of success: “The phone calls from graduates are always great to get. I have graduates call when they have passed their CPA exam, received promotions or new jobs. I have even received a couple calls from graduates wanting my perspective about a potential unethical situation occurring at their organization — now that is a sign of success!”
Education: B.A., accounting, College of St. Benedict; MBA, University of St. Thomas; CPA