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Southern Oregon University

Accounting, Finance
Coordinator, Internship Program
Coordinator, Certificate in Nonprofit Management

Office: Central Hall 117
Phone: (541) 552-8018
FAX: (541) 552-6715
Email:  ClarkeKa@sou.edu

Education:

Master of Arts (MA), 2007, Southern Oregon University (graduated Phi Kappa Phi and National Honor Society)

Pacific Coast Banking School, 1996, University of Washington (research published and graduated with honors)

BA (business administration/accounting), 1990, California State University at Stanislaus (magna cum laude)

Licensure and Certifications:

Certified Treasury Professional (CTP) -- Association for Finance Professionals
State of  Oregon Licensed Teaching Credential, endorsement in Business Education, State of Oregon

Teaching:

BA 211 Financial Accounting
BA 229 Personal Finance
BA 352 Intermediate Accounting II
BA 385 Principles of Finance
BA 430B/MM 530B Nonprofit Volunteerism, Board Development and Community Mobilization
BA 459 Advanced Accounting
BA 460A/560A and BA 460B/560B  Nonprofit Accounting/Financial Management
BA 468 Nonprofit Principles of Marketing
MM 512  Budget and Finance
MM 540  Finance for Non-Finance Managers
USEM 101, 102, 103  University Seminar
ED 558 Special (Teaching) Methods for Business Teachers

Professional Business Management and Teaching Experience:
Wells Fargo Bank -- 1970 to 2004

  • Built a corporate university. Taught Internet services, electronic commerce, global and domestic banking, marketing, finance, product and project management, sales and service skills.
  • Product management and marketing consultant for Internet services and disbursement products
  • Corporate Banking -- Municipal, Retailer and Wholesaler Relationship Manager
  • Retail Banking -- District Sales Manager, Marketing Manager, and Dealer Center Manager

Publications:
Textbook co-author - Short Term Finance and Working Capital Management - 2011
Textbook contributor - Optimizing Company Cash, AICPA, New York - 2007
Research paper - Electronic Commerce - The New Way to Bank, University of Washington - 1996

Karen Clarke (Certified Treasury Professional; MA, Southern Oregon University, 2007; Pacific Coast Banking School, University of Washington) brings more than 30 years of financial management experience into the classroom. She has taught accounting for 15 years, observing many changes in the financial reporting process.  Much of her teaching focuses on budgeting, finance and accounting.

Karen received the Certified Treasury Professional certification from the Association of Financial Professionals in 1995.  For over ten years she worked with company treasurers in setting up and operating financial systems in government, retailing, wholesaling, manufacturing and nonprofit industries.   Karen also teaches treasury management as a faculty member of the Association of Financial Professionals.   Karen likes to bring real life case studies into the classroom to research and discuss.

Karen's son lives in Las Vegas working in restaurant management.  Her grandson, born on her birthday, is active in sports.   She is active in many local organizations.  Her main hobby is music, she enjoys all genres.  After several years of piano lessons she is learning to play the drums.