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Accounting & Business Law Faculty

Deborah Dunn PhotoDeborah Dunn
Dean of the Graduate School
Interim Dean of the School of Business
Dr. John Critchett photoJohn Critchett | Bio
Chair, Accounting and Business Law
B.A., Duke University
M.B.A., University of Michigan
Ph.D., University of Kentucky
Certified Public Accountant


Joyce Cook photoJoyce Cook
Coordinator and Data Management Specialist
Brenda Nelson photoBrenda Nelson
Lindsay Rucinski photo Lindsay Rucinski
Director of Curriculum, Program Assessment and Accreditation
Kathy Schaefer photo Kathy Schaefer | Bio
Associate Professor

Dr. John Critchett

Dr. John Critchett currently serves as Professor and Chair of Undergraduate Programs in the School of Business. He has been at Madonna full-time since 1994. He has been to mainland China seven times since 1998 to teach graduate courses for Madonna University. His teaching areas are accounting and finance. He has a co-authored paper in the area of cost management, and has made presentations in the area of accounting and finance to academic and professional groups. He currently serves as President of a local chapter of the Sons of the American Revolution (SAR), and his hobbies include tennis and antiques.

Kathryn Schaefer

Kathryn is an Associate Professor of Accounting in the School of Business. She teaches a variety of courses online and on campus at the graduate and undergraduate levels including Principles of Accounting, Intermediate Accounting, Auditing, Accounting Information Systems, Managerial Accounting and the Business Capstone. She has also taught accounting courses for the Dubai program.

Currently, Kathryn is a doctoral student at Capella University’s Doctorate of Business Administration program with an Accounting specialization. Her current research revolves around critical factors impacting retention in the public accounting industry. Kathryn has co-authored peer-reviewed work regarding critical skills applied in a manufacturing environment.

Kathryn is a Certified Public Accountant with an active license, and holds the Chartered Global Management Accountant designation. She is a member of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants and the Michigan Association of Certified Public Accountants where she has been serving on the Educational Task Force since 2014.