Catherine (Cathy) A. Finger-Podolsky

Catherine (Cathy)


School of Economics and Business Administration » Accounting
SMC Email Address: 
Contact Information: 

Galileo Hall - 324

Phone: (925) 631-8270
Fax: (925) 376-5625
Mail: P.O. Box 4230, Moraga, CA  94575


  • Ph.D. Accounting, Haas School of Business, University of California, Berkeley, May 1991
    Dissertation: "The Relation Between Financial Information and Future Cash Flows"
  • M.B.A. Finance, University of Southern California, May 1985
  • B.S. Management Engineering, University of the Pacific, May 1981

Professional Experience

Academic Experience:

  • Associate Professor, Saint Mary's College of California, 2015-Present
  • Assistant Professor, Saint Mary's College of California, 2011-2015 and Visiting Adjunct Professor, 2010-2011
  • Lecturer, Arizona State University, 2004-2010
  • Assistant Professor, Portland State University, 1999-2004
  • Assistant Professor, University of Illinois at Urbana Champaign, 1990-1999

Courses Taught

Recently Taught:

  • ACCTG001 Financial Accounting (Undergraduates)
  • ACCTG204 Governmental and Not-for-Profit Accounting (Masters of Accounting Program)
  • GMAN301 Financial Accounting (Professional MBA Program)


Freshman Pre-enrollment Team Member: Summer 2016

Academic Honor Council (AHC): Faculty Representative 2012-Present; AHC Faculty Member of the Year 2014-2015

Academic Administrator's Evaluation Committee (AAEC):  Chair or Member, 2014-2016

Accounting Faculty Search Committee: Chair and/or Member 2013-Present

Faculty Co-Adviser to Accounting Association:  2012-Present

Undergraduate Accounting Faculty Adviser:  2012-Present

First Year Advising Steering Committee:  Member 2013-2016

SEBA Faculty Development Committee:  Member 2010-2013

SMC Faculty Development Fund Committee:  Member 2012-2013

Senate Library Committee: Chair 2010-2013

The International Journal of Accounting: Member, Editorial Board, October 1997-December 2009

The Accounting Review:  Member, Editorial Review Board, June 1993-August 1996


·         Finger, C. (2014). New lease accounting standards:  The major project that lies ahead for lessee companies.  Academic Forum, Santa Rosa, California.

·         Finger, C. (2013). Roundtable technology presentation of Attendance2 app at the Conference of Teaching and Learning in Accounting (CTLA) Conference, American Accounting Association.

·         Finger, C. (2004). Using Judgment to Measure the Allowance for Doubtful Accounts. American Accounting Association Western Region Meeting.

·         Finger, C., Christensen, A., & Latham, C. (2001). New Accounting Scholars' Publications in Accounting and Non-Accounting Journals.  American Accounting Association Annual Meeting. Atlanta, Georgia.

·         Finger, C. & Landsman, W. (1998). What Do Analysts' Stock Recommendations Really Mean?   Big 10+ Faculty Conference. Indiana University at Bloomington, Indiana.

·         Finger, C. et al. (1995). Links Between Cash Flow, Accrual Accounting Income, and Economic Income: A Theoretical Model with Supporting Evidence. Hong Kong University of Science and Technology Summer Symposium, Hong Kong, China- Hong Kong.


  • Chambers, Dennis, James Dooley and Catherine Finger. January 2015. Preparing for the Looming Changes in Lease Accounting:  A Technological Solution for the Informational Problem.  The CPA Journal, 38-42.
  • Finger, Catherine. April 2015. Resource Review: iOS Application Attendance2.  Journal of Management Education, 304-309.
  • Chambers, Dennis and Catherine Finger. February 2011. Goodwill Non-Impairments: Evidence from Recent Research and Suggestions for Auditors, The CPA Journal, 14-17.
  • Finger, Catherine. 2010. Using Judgment to Measure the Allowance for Doubtful Accounts, Global Perspectives on Accounting Education, Vol. 7, 9-17.
  • Samuels, Janet, D. Jordan Lowe, and Catherine Finger. 2009. Accounting Certificate Programs: Serving the Needs of Students While Benefitting Your University and Accounting Department, Advances in Accounting Education, Vol. 10, 131-149.
  • Finger, Catherine and Wayne Landsman. 2003. What Do Analysts' Stock Recommendations Really Mean?, Review of Accounting and Finance, Vol. 2, Issue 2, 67-87.
  • Christensen, Anne L., Catherine Finger, and Claire Latham. August 2002. New Accounting Scholars' Publications in Accounting and Non-Accounting Journals, Issues in Accounting Education, 233-251.
  • Finger, Catherine. 1994. The Ability of Earnings to Predict Future Earnings and Cash Flow, Journal of Accounting Research, 210-223.

Honors, Awards & Grants


School of Economics and Business Administration Outstanding Faculty Service Award, May 2016.