Associate Professor of Accounting and Taxation
Dr. Sylwia Gornik-Tomaszewski joined St. John's University in Fall 2000. She holds a Doctor of Business Administration Degree with specialization in accounting from Cleveland State University, where she wrote a dissertation on: "International Differences in Accounting Principles and the Information Content of Earnings." She has received her MS in Accounting Degree from Kent State University and her MS in Economics Degree from the Academy of Economics in Katowice, Poland. Professor Gornik has started her academic career in Poland, where she held a position of an assistant professor of accounting at the Academy of Economics in Katowice. In the United States, before joining St. John's University, professor Gornik taught various graduate business courses at Baldwin-Wallace College and Cleveland State University in Ohio.
For many years professor Gornik has been researching various issues related to international accounting standardization and regulation. She has published several research articles that appeared in such prestigious journals as: the Journal of International Financial Management & Accounting, the International Journal of Accounting, the Multinational Finance Journal, the Journal of International Accounting, Auditing & Taxation, Research in Accounting Regulation, and Global Business & Economics Review. She has also published in professional magazines, such as The CPA Journal, Strategic Finance and Financial Executive. From 2003 to 2006 Dr. Gornik wrote a bi-monthly column on International Financial Reporting Standards (IFRS) for Bank Accounting & Finance. Her research papers were presented at the meetings of the American Accounting Association, the European Accounting Association and at other international, national and regional conferences. She is a co-recipient of the Best Paper Award at the 2009 Financial Services Symposium in New York City. Professor Gornik serves as a reviewer to academic journals and to meetings of the American Accounting Association. She served as co-editor of 2007 and 2010 Special Accounting Issues of the Review of Business.
Dr. Gornik received several academic honors and teaching awards. She has been a member of Beta Gamma Sigma, the Honor Society for Collegiate Schools of Business since 1994. She represented Cleveland State University at the doctoral consortium of the American Accounting Association in 1994. In 2002, Dr. Gornik received Tobin College of Business Teaching Excellence Award for integrating experiential learning into the curriculum. She is also a recipient of the 2004 Beta Alpha Psi Outstanding Faculty Member of the Year Award for dedication to students, and the 2005 honorary inductee into Beta Alpha Psi, the International Honorary Organization for Financial Information Professionals. Student Government recognized Dr. Gornik as the Tobin College of Business Professor of the Year 2004-2005, for her outstanding contributions to the lives of her students. She is a recipient of the 2007-08 PricewaterhouseCoopers Faculty Fellowship for Recognition of Teaching Excellence award.
Professor Gornik holds two professional designations: Certified Management Accountant and Certified in Financial Management. She is an active member of the Institute of Management Accountants and the American Accounting Association.
Teaching areas: accounting theory, international financial reporting and analysis, cost and managerial accounting.
Research areas: IFRS and other international financial reporting issues.