John R. Suroviak
Associate Professor, Business
UC Box: A120
Office: Berglund 236
Master of Science in Public Accountancy, University of Hartford, West Hartford, CT in 1976
Bachelor of Arts in Economics, Trinity College, Hartford, CT in 1973
After 30 years of college teaching, I believe that all students bring a wide variety of skills and knowledge to college. As a professor, it is my responsibility to create an environment in which all students can succeed: an environment that challenges and nurtures students and promotes their creativity.
Albert Einstein once said, "Imagination is more important than knowledge." As our world continues to change rapidly, students will be required to develop creative solutions to solve unique problems. Professors must enable students to develop all of their skills. Consider the following people who probably wouldn't have made the cut.
"doodled too much."
Each semester, as I stand in front of my classes on the first day, I wonder how many Beethovens, Disneys, Einsteins, and Jarvicks there are in this class.
As a CPA who has worked in both public and private accounting, I am constantly aware of the changing workplace accountants face. As computers become more prevalent in business, the traditional role of accountants continues to change. Accountants no longer can survive merely as bean counters. Today's accountants must bring value to their jobs. They must become integrally involved in the strategic planning and be able to communicate clearly and concisely with top management; they must be able to work in cross functional teams; and most importantly they must be able to solve problems and provide strategic advice to management. The days of simply adding up rows of numbers and preparing journal entries are over - thank goodness!
Pacific Northwest Wine Industry Survey, Steve Boone, Charles O’Connor and John Suroviak, findings presented at the Pacific Northwest Wine Symposium, August 8, 2002. The survey, part of a pilot study modeled after a similar UC Davis study, focused on how wineries and wine sellers could increase growth and profitability.
Conducted research with Charles O’Connor and Steve Boone on the Pacific Northwest wine industry. Presented our findings at the Second Annual Pacific Northwest Wine Industry Symposium attended by approximately 75 winemakers and distributors, March 27, 2003.
“Using Technology in the Classroom”, Annual Meeting of the Oregon Association of Accounting Educators, hosted by Pacific University, April 19, 2002.
Member, American Accounting Association
Member, American Institute of Certified Public Accountants
Member, Association of Certified Fraud Examiners
Member, Oregon Society of Certified Public Accountants
Financial Literacy Strategic Interest Team, 2005 - 2010
Chair, 2004 - present
At Pacific University, all faculty teach a variety of different courses. Typically, we do not use graduate teaching assistants, which means that your classes will be taught by professors and that you will have plenty of opportunites to get to know the faculty in your discipline.
Below I have listed some of the courses that I teach. We are always developing and trying out new classes, so the list may change now and then. You can use the links to the left to read descriptions of the courses listed below.
BA 201 Financial Accounting Principles
BA 210 Excel for Business
BA 313 Intermediate Accounting I
BA 314 Intermediate Accounting II
BA 316 Cost Accounting
BA 318 Fraud Examination
BA 435 Accounting and Auditing Seminar