Heather Steinke, MBA - Adjunct Professor
"Online learning is just going to continue to grow, which will give more options and opportunities to everyone looking to develop themselves as they prepare to advance in their careers or make career changes."
Heather Steinke is an adjunct professor at the University of Cincinnati. She teaches taxes course online and has over a decade of experience in tax management.
- MBA – Xavier University
- BSBA in Accounting and Finance – Xavier University
- Senior Tax Manager and Internal Tax Training Coordinator at Barnes Dennig
- Member of Employee Benefit Plans team and International Tax team at Barnes Dennig
- CPA; member of AICPA and Ohio Society of CPAs
Which classes do you teach online?
- ACCT8023 - Individual Tax: Structure
- ACCT8043 - Individual Tax: Special Topics
- ACCT8036 - International Taxation: Overview
Why did you start teaching?
Teaching was always a career choice at the top of my list because I like to share knowledge with others; however, in college I did decide to go the public accounting route. It was one night while I sat in one of my master's classes listening to a lecture given by a retired Big 4 partner, that I realized I could do both.
What's the best advice that you ever received?
Work isn't work if you enjoy what you are doing. Find something that you love to do and make your career there.
What is the best advice that you could give to your students?
Pay attention and do your best in all of your business classes, even if they are not in your major. In public accounting, people look to you for advice in all aspects of their businesses. If you can go beyond just accounting and use your knowledge in other business fields (finance, HR, economics, etc.) to help a client improve their business, your clients and supervisors will notice and respect you for your well-rounded approach.
What is the one book you think everyone should read?
The Internal Revenue Code. Just kidding...well, only partially kidding. Do be familiar with how it is set up and know how to use it as a resource...after all it has legislative authority, but what you read on Google does not.
What qualities make someone particularly successful in the profession in which you teach?
Enough attention to detail to produce accurate results while still not losing sight of the big picture.
What do you think is the biggest challenge that people in the profession face today?
Ever-changing and voluminous laws and regulations make it imperative to keep learning, so that you can keep yourself relevant and keep your clients compliant in this highly regulatory world.
How do you see online learning affecting the future of education?
Just as the way we do business is constantly evolving, so is the way students want and need to learn. Online learning is just going to continue to grow, which will give more options and opportunities to everyone looking to develop themselves as they prepare to advance in their careers or make career changes. Students will have access to more specialized programs and with all of the choices, they will be looking for differentiating factors among educational choices.