Michelle Nicholson

MNDegrees, Designations, Diplomas, and Certificates: MBA, CPA, CGA

Teaching Experience: BUAD 111, BUAD 121, BUAD 128, BUAD 195, BUAD 236, BUAD 264, BUAD 272, BUAD 283, BUAD 315, BUAD 335, BUAD 265, BUAD 282 (now BUAD 382), BUAD 466 (formerly BUAD 366)

Accomplishments:

  • 1982 - 1988: earned a CGA degree while raising a family and working full time in various accounting clerical positions.
  • 1988 - 1998: worked in computer software development for Computer Associates and ACCPAC International. Started in Quality Assurance as a tester, was promoted to Design Analyst, Quality Assurance Department Manager, Development Center Manager, and finally to Associate Vice President Research and Development (micro-accounting product line). Designed GST accounting process and for multi-currency accounting process. 
  • 1998 - 2001: worked as a term faculty member in the Business Administration Department at Okanagan University College. Earned an MBA degree from Heriot Watt University, Scotland via distance Education. 
  • 2001 - Present: hired as a continuing full-time Assistant Professor, then in 2002, I was promoted to Associate Professor and granted tenure. Okanagan University College then transitioned into Okanagan College and all faculty members became College Professors. During my career at OC, I have been dedicated to teaching and to service. I have taught a wide variety of accounting, computers, and management classes, plus I have served for many years on the department programs committee and on Education Council. I was elected department chair for three years and have served as Chair of Education Council. As well, I have served on many other committees, such as the Professional Allowance Committee, the Accreditation Committee, as Secretary/Treasurer for the unions, the Professional Development Committee, the Strategic Planning Taskforce, and the IT Governance Committee. 

Expertise Areas: Accounting software, accounting analysis, MS Word, MS Excel, MS PowerPoint, MS Windows, Internet, and WebCT

Specialties: Accounting and Computers

Associations and Board Memberships: Member of the CGA Association of BC and the CGA Association of Canada.