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Karnes to lead new online accounting program

June 26, 2013, Emily Morgan

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Darla Karnes, Program Manager

Darla Karnes, Senior Lecturer in the School of Accountancy, was recently named Program Manager for the online accounting degree completion option offered through the College of Business. She brings plenty of experience to the position and is very excited about this new challenge.

Karnes has been a faculty member in the College of Business since 2000 and during that time has taught over 100 classes in the areas of Financial and Managerial Accounting, and Taxation. She has been course coordinator for Accounting 210, 220, and 230 at SIU, and began online course delivery for Accounting 220 and 230 in the spring 2012 semester and fall 2012 semester, respectively.  This past year Karnes authored the first Interactive Presentations for McGraw Hill’s Fundamentals of Financial Accounting – 4th Edition.  In 2011, Karnes was named SIU Non-Tenure Track Teacher of the Year.

Karnes’ primary responsibilities as Program Manager will be to oversee the website, interact with the online students, to supervise graduate students assigned to the program and work with faculty to assist the recording and setup of online courses. She will also be focusing some efforts on marketing and promoting the program to prospective students.

SIU will be the first AACSB-accredited public institution in Illinois to offer the online undergraduate accounting degree and only one of approximately five in the U.S. Karnes is very excited about bringing an opportunity to students who thought getting an undergraduate degree in accounting was not possible.  Her goal is to offer a program that mirrors the on-campus program.

When asked about what she was excited about, Karnes responded, “I am very excited about the challenge of designing something from scratch, working with our accounting faculty, providing opportunity and seeing students flourish. I want to engage students and do whatever I can to ensure the same experience as the on-campus program.” Karnes, a dual degree graduate of SIU, has a great deal of gratitude and respect for the faculty in the School of Accountancy.  “I had a tremendous amount of support and encouragement from my accounting professors during the time I was a graduate student at SIU.  They truly made a difference in my life.” 

She enjoys working with College of Business students because of their determination and commitment to education. She said, “College of Business students are always willing to accept a challenge and are very eager to learn. That makes it easy to maintain relationships with them even after they graduate.”  Karnes added, “Aside from spending time with my family and friends there is no place I’d rather be.  I believe in SIU and all the wonderful people here; I have the best job in the world and this opportunity is a dream come true.”

Karnes also credits Dean Dennis Cradit for his vision and support of new programs in the College of Business.  “Since Dean Cradit arrived at SIU he has made extraordinary efforts to move the College of Business forward, embrace technology and has encouraged faculty to do the same.” The program, scheduled to launch in the fall semester, incorporates approximately 60 hours of coursework and can be completed in two years. Students who complete the program will be awarded a bachelor’s of science in accountancy.  Applications for the initial cohort are now being accepted.  For more information, please visit onlineug.business.siu.edu or contact Darla Karnes at dkarnes@business.siu.edu.