Tobin Professor Distinguishes Herself as Scholar and Teacher
Having received recognition for excellence in teaching and research, Sylwia Gornik-Tomaszewski, D.B.A., C.M.A., C.F.M., often credits her success to the quality of her students. “They’re focused, hard-working, and very professional,” said the associate professor of accounting and taxation in The Peter J. Tobin College of Business at St. John’s.
Gornik-Tomaszewski has earned recognition from students and peers. In 2013, she received the Outstanding Faculty Achievement Award in recognition of her academic contributions and dedication to St. John’s. Student Government, Inc., named her the 2004-05 Tobin College Business Professor of the Year. In 2004, she earned the Outstanding Faculty Member of the Year Award from Beta Alpha Psi, the accounting honor society. Gornik-Tomaszewski also received the Tobin College’s 2002 Teaching Excellence Award for integrating experiential learning into the curriculum.
“The Professor of the Year Award is particularly meaningful to me,” Gornik-Tomaszewski observed. “It is a beautiful glass statue that I keep in my home in a prominent place where I can always see it.”
“Dr. Gornik-Tomaszewski has the ability to infuse each lesson with an amalgam of her theoretical research,” noted Victoria Shoaf, Ph.D., C.P.A., dean. “She cares deeply about conveying her insight to her students.”
Research, Gornik-Tomaszewski believes, is an essential component in the teaching process. “You may think you understand a problem,” she said, “but it’s not necessarily true unless you conduct a study and the outcome either confirms your view or yields a new perspective.” Her articles have been published in various scholarly journals and professional magazines. She also has presented papers at American Accounting Association (AAA) meetings and other international, national, and regional conferences.
In addition, she was a corecipient of two “best paper” awards: at the 2009 Financial Services Symposium, in New York City; and at the 2014 Global Business Research Symposium, in Katowice, Poland. She also serves as a reviewer of several academic journals and meetings of the AAA. In 2007, 2010, and 2014, she served as coeditor of special accounting issues for the Review of Business.
Students also benefit from the University’s emphasis on scholarly activity, Gornik-Tomaszewski observes. “Our students thrive when they participate in the research process,” she said. Over the past several years, she has mentored students who presented papers to the St. John’s community during the University’s annual Research Month. Her students’ experience is enhanced, she added, by the Tobin College’s commitment to providing courses with an internationally-oriented curriculum. “Our students are globally aware,” she said.
Ultimately, said Gornik-Tomaszewski, “partnerships” are the key to being a successful educator. “I partner with my students each semester,” she said. “I respect them, and I appreciate their perspectives.” Also, she said, “many of my international students identify with me because I am from Poland and came to the United States as a student. Simply put, I am fortunate to teach at St. John’s, where students appreciate their teachers.”