Dr. Robert Derstine

Robert Derstine

Title: Professor
Location: 432 BPM Center
Email: RDerstine@wcupa.edu
Phone: 610-436-2236
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Dr. Robert Derstine is Professor in the Department of Accounting at West Chester University and earned his Ph.D. degree at the State University of New York at Buffalo. He has taught over 11,000 students during his academic teaching career and several thousand more as an instructor for a CPA Exam Review Course and a CFA Exam Review Course. Dr. Derstine has been recognized for his teaching accomplishments by receiving both the Villanova's University Lindback Outstanding Teacher Award and Villanova's School of Business's Dougherty Teaching Excellence Award. Dr. Derstine's teaching interests and research stream both emphasize moving student learning from the 'memorize and parrot it back on exam day' environment towards being 'adaptive problem solvers'. He has published an Accounting textbook and several cases. Dr. Derstine’s journal publications include Accounting Instructors' Report, American Journal of Business Education, Journal of Accountancy, Journal of Accounting Research, Mustang Journal of Accounting and Finance, New Accountant, Pennsylvania CPA Journal, and The CPA Journal.

Education and Professional Certifications

  • B.S. in Business Administration, Drexel University
  • M.B.A., Drexel University
  • Ph.D. in Accounting, State University of New York at Buffalo
  • CPA, Commonwealth of Pennsylvania

Area of Expertise

  • Financial Accounting

Relevant Professional/Applied Experience

  • 50 years as a Full Professor at Villanova University, Kutztown University, and West Chester University.
  • Worked for two of the Big 8 CPA firms. 
  • Lecturer for Auditing sessions of  CPA Exam Review Course.
  • Lecturer for Financial Accounting sessions for Certified Financial Analysts' Exam Review Course.

Recent Publications/Journals/Books

  • Derstine, R., Emig, J., and Flynn, K., “The Good, the Bad, And the Ugly of the Accounting Profession. – Should all Aspects be shared with Students.” Accounting Instructors’ Report, Winter/Spring 2020.
  • Emig, J., Derstine, R., and Grant, T., “Knocking out the Student Misunderstandings on Applying Manufacturing Overhead.” Accounting Instructors’ Report, 2018.
  • Emig, J. and Derstine, R., “Managerial Accounting Teaching Techniques to Aid Student Understand the Difference Between Absorption Costing and Variable Costing.” Accounting Instructors’ Report, 2017.  
  • Hiltebeitel, K., Fuller, L., and Derstine, R., “Adjunct Teaching Opportunities for CPAs.” The CPA Journal, 2016/8.

Classes Regularly Taught

  • ACC 201 Financial Accounting.
  • ACC 301 Intermediate Accounting I
  • ACC 302 Intermediate Accounting II

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