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Idaho State University


Dave Bagley

Clinical Assistant Professor of Accounting

Office: BA 430

(208) 282-4173

LL.M, (Tax) University of Florida
JD, University of Idaho
BA, Brigham Young University

Dave loves teaching and learning from his students. He joined the ISU College of Business in 2015 and teaches undergraduate and graduate courses in the Accounting and Management departments. Dave earned his LL.M (Tax) from the University of Florida, his JD from the University of Idaho, and his BA from Brigham Young University. His experience includes serving as a business and tax attorney and working at a bike shop.

Marcus Burger, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor of Accounting

Office: BA 528

(208) 282-2915

Ph.D., University of Utah
BS, Weber State University

Dr. Burger earned his undergraduate degree in Information Systems from Weber State University and his Ph.D in Accounting from the University of Utah. Dr. Burger’s research focuses on how accounting information informs valuation and how market participants affect stock prices. He teaches Financial Reporting and Statement Analysis, Accounting Theory, and other financial accounting courses.

Jason Chen, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor of Accounting

Office: BA 540

(208) 282-3034

Ph.D., University of Central Florida
MS, University of Nevada-Las Vegas
BS, BYU-Hawaii

Dr. Chen enjoys teaching financial accounting and taxation at both the undergraduate and graduate levels. His research focuses on understanding how the financial accounting of corporate disclosures and tax policies impacts social and environmental matters. Dr. Chen uses multiple research methods (i.e., archival and behavioral) to conduct research depending on the nature of the questions asked and hypotheses postulated.

Dawn Konicek, Ph.D.

Clinical Associate Professor of Accounting

Office: BA 445

(208) 282-4145

Ph.D., Northcentral University

MBA, University of Wisconsin Whitewater

BBA, University of Wisconsin of Whitewater

After pursuing her accounting degree, Dawn graduated cum-laude and began working for Ernst & Young. Her experiences with accounting firms ranges from fortune 500 companies to small mom and pop shops. She began her Master of Business Administration while working as a senior manager at a mid-sized accounting firm. Once she completed her masters she had about 14 years of experience in public accounting. She then began her teaching career at a community college in Janesville, Wisconsin. Dawn moved to ISU because she wanted to teach students to become CPA’s as opposed to bookkeepers.

Jerry Leffler

Clinical Assistant Professor of Accounting

Office: BA 529

(208) 282-4219

MBA, Idaho State University
BBA, Idaho State University

Jerry Leffler earned is BBA and an MBA with an Accounting Emphasis from Idaho State University. Jerry is a CPA licensed in Idaho and has worked for both small and large companies in his career.  He teaches Managerial and Cost accounting along with Financial Accounting.  Jerry was born and raised here in Southeastern Idaho and is happy to be returning to his roots.  

Michele O’Brien-Rose

Clinical Assistant Professor of Accounting

Office: BA 332

(208) 282-4667

BA, University of Colorado- Colorado Springs

MBA, University of Colorado- Colorado Springs

Michele came to ISU in the Fall of 2013 from Colorado.  She has taught at public and private universities as well as community colleges.  Michele brings over 30 years of business experience to the classroom.  She is a licensed CPA in both Idaho and Colorado and is also a Certified Fraud Examiner.  Michele teaches "Introduction to Financial Accounting", "Introduction to Managerial Accounting", "Accounting for Non-Business Majors", and "Business Advisory" courses in our undergraduate program; and "Accounting for Governmental & Not-for-Profit Entities" and "Principles of Fraud Examination" courses in our MAcc.  Michele is also an avid hiker and skier and loves the amazing life style we have here in southeastern Idaho.

Bob Picard, Ph.D.

Professor of Accounting

Office: BA 241

(208) 282-4067

Ph.D., University of Kentucky

MBA, University of St. Thomas (MN)

BS, Northern Michigan University


Dr. Picard earned his doctorate in Accountancy from the University of Kentucky, his MBA from
University of St. Thomas in Minneapolis, and his undergraduate accounting degree from
Northern Michigan University. He is a professor and former accounting chair and associate
dean at Idaho State University. Dr. Picard recently completed a term on the AACSB Accounting
Accreditation Committee and he continues to serve on accreditation visit teams. His experience
includes serving as a supervising senior accountant with KPMG Peat Marwick’s private
business advisory group, and as CFO of Towle Companies, a financial services group of
companies in Minneapolis, MN. In addition to his professional and academic experience, Dr.
Picard served as treasurer and Antarctic logistics coordinator with the 1990 International Trans-
Antarctic Expedition led by Will Steger and Jean-Louise Etienne.
Dr. Picard has received teaching awards from the University of Minnesota and the
University of Kentucky and has twice been named as “Most Influential Professor” by ISU
College of Business Outstanding Student Award recipients. In October 2018, he was
named a TIAA Difference Maker 100 honoree as one of 100 educators across the U.S.
honored for their work with nonprofit organizations in their communities. He is currently
active in publishing business case studies focused on fraud.

Ray Rodriguez, Ph.D.

Accounting Chair | Associate Professor of Accounting

Office: BA 524

(208) 282-5686

Ph.D., University of Texas at El Paso
MBA, University of Texas at San Antonio
BBA, University of Texas at San Antonio

Dr. Rodriguez has taught taxation for individuals, corporate taxation, sales & local taxation, tax research, auditing, international accounting, financial accounting, and managerial accounting to Bachelors and Masters students at six public universities. His research interests are in the areas of international accounting, taxation, and accounting education. Prior to joining academia, Dr. Rodriguez was an accountant for ten years at Valero Energy Corporation, Brehm, Havel & Company CPAs, and Fernie R. Aceves CPA.

Justin Wood, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor of Accounting

Office: BA 525

(208) 282-3536

Ph.D., University of Iowa
MBA, Brigham Young University
BS, Brigham Young University

Dr. Wood is from Las Vegas, Nevada. He earned his undergraduate degree in economics from Brigham Young University. After completing his undergraduate studies, he spent two years working as a manager in the homebuilding industry, and then another two years as an analyst for a mid-market private equity fund. Dr. Wood then completed an MBA at Brigham Young University and a Ph.D. in financial accounting at the University of Iowa before beginning his faculty career at Idaho State University in the fall of 2016. Dr. Wood's teaching and research interests are in financial accounting. He teaches Principles of Accounting I and the Seminar in Accounting for graduate students. Dr. Wood loves running, biking, and spending time with his family.