Lynn Spellman White
Professor of Accounting; Department Chair
on faculty since 1989
Financial reporting is vitally important to every organization. Quality financial reporting practices strengthen an institution’s ability to be good stewards of its resources and to better contribute to the communities it impacts.
Dr. Lynn Spellman White is interested in how accounting information serves as one of the most important communication tools of an organization, at both the individual and institutional level. “Accounting students need to become comfortable enough with accounting information that they fully understand the information being communicated by the financial statements and are able to formulate strategic responses to the financial information.”
Since accountants often provide decision-making information to many departments within an organization, communication skills are critically important to accountants. “Because accounting information is needed throughout organizations it’s a great way to learn all aspects of a business, which often creates a pathway to upper-management.”
What drew her to Trinity:
White was drawn to the College because of the opportunity to be part of a faith-based learning community that is dedicated to honoring God in all aspects of the institution. “I was also impressed by how the foundation and business courses complement each other and work together to enhance the educational experience of students.” She particularly loves teaching at Trinity because of the strong sense of community that exists between the current students, which extends to alumni. “I frequently receive updates from alumni with information on internships/job opportunities that they wish to share with current students.”
Her recent research has focused on two distinct areas:
- The impact financial literacy training has on micro-business development and success
- Strengthening vocational awareness in undergraduate students
When she’s not teaching:
As an undergrad, White majored in music. “I continue to enjoy opportunities to play violin. I play in the Southwest Symphony Orchestra, which performs on Trinity’s campus, and for local church services.”
Ph.D., University of Illinois, Chicago, Illinois, 1996
M.A.S., University of Illinois, Champaign, Illinois, 1984
B.S., University of Illinois, Champaign, Illinois, 1980
Courses and Publications/Research
- Accounting Principles I
- Accounting Principles II
- Advanced Cost Accounting
- Advanced Financial Accounting
- Intermediate Financial Accounting I
- Intermediate Financial Accounting II
- Taxes I
Papers and Publications
- Council of Independent Colleges NetVUE conference, participant on panel presentation: “Engaging Our Students in Pursuing a Richer Sense of Vocation.” St. Louis, MO. 2015
- Trinity Christian College Convocation Address: “A Perfect Fit.” Palos Heights, Illinois. 2014.
- Trinity Christian College Faculty Retreat: “Imagining Within Our Context.” Palos Heights, Illinois. 2013.
- White, L. (2013). Review of Invisible users: youth in the internet cafes of urban Ghana. http://practicalmattersjournal.org/2013/03/13/invisible-users/
- Presentation to Hopeline Institute: “Financial Literacy Training and the Small Business Owner.” Accra, Ghana. 2012.
- Presentation to Entrepreneurs Association of Malawi: “Financial Literacy Training and Microfinance.” Malawi, Africa. 2009.
- Presented and published in proceedings: “Accounting Service-Learning Project in Malawi, Africa.” North American Accounting Society. Chicago, Illinois. 2009.
Awards and Memberships
Awards and Honors
- 2014 Trinity Christian College Professor of the Year
- 2012-14 Council of Independent Colleges NetVUE Grant
Professional Society Membership
- American Institute of Certified Public Accountants
- Christian Business Faculty Association
- North American Accounting Society, Board of Directors