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Elaine Luther, D.Sc.

Professor, Business Management

Pictured is Elaine Luther, D.Sc., professor business management. | Photo by Jim JudkisContact information

Education

  • Bachelor of Science, Psychology/Anthropology, University of Pittsburgh
  • M.B.A., Accounting and Finance, University of Pittsburgh
  • Doctor of Science, Information Systems and Communications, Robert Morris University

Courses Taught

  • Human Resources Management
  • Introduction to Business
  • Tax Accounting
  • Business Communications
  • Strategic Planning
  • Principles of Marketing

Background

Professor Elaine Luther's education, work experience, and professional affiliations provide the knowledge, skills and abilities required to teach in multiple disciplines across the School of Business and the University curriculum. Her regular course load extends from using her corporate and entrepreneurial experience when teaching freshmen in the Introduction to Business course to using her enrolled agent status (admitted to practice before the Internal Revenue Service) when helping advanced accounting majors master tax accounting. Luther draws upon her professional experience as well as her P.H.R. certification from the Society of Human Resource Managers when teaching human resource classes, including the capstone class for human resource majors. In addition, Luther administers the annual Business Plan Contest at Point Park University each year and recently launched a new course in "HR Policies in Electronic Communications."

Luther has 14 years of work experience at three Fortune 500 Corporations - PepsiCo., Allied-Signal (now part of Honeywell), and Schering-Plough. She started as a budget analyst at the Pepsi-Cola bottling plant and advanced to a director of finance working on mergers and acquisitions at Schering-Plough. While working at Schering, her contacts with college placement offices led Luther to her first classroom experience teaching Advanced Corporate Finance at Montclair State College (now University), in N.J.  When she returned to Pittsburgh to start her own business providing accounting, computer, and tax services, she continued to teach several courses including accounting and information systems in the M.B.A. program at the Katz School of the University of Pittsburgh. After joining Point Park, she obtained a professional certification in human resources from the Society of Human Resource Managers and passed the enrolled agent exam given by the IRS. Luther maintains professional status in HR and Tax by earning 20-25 continuing education credits each year. The field project she completed for her doctoral program was on "How Nonprofits Use Information Systems for Fundraising, A Comparative Case Study."

Curriculum vitae

Professional certifications and memberships

  • P.H.R. certification from the Society of Human Resource Managers
  • Enrolled agent, certified to represent clients before the IRS
  • Professional status in HR and Tax by earning 20-25 continuing education credits each year
  • Member, The Society of Human Resource Management

Research Interests

  • Knowledge management

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