The Massachusetts Society of CPAs (MSCPA) is honoring Professor Mary-Joan Pelletier Potvin, MSA ’05, with its Outstanding Educator of the Year Award. This prestigious award recognizes Professor Potvin’s excellence in teaching and her contributions to the accounting profession and the MSCPA. It also acknowledges her role as a liaison between the classroom and the business world.
A Certified Public Accountant, Professor Potvin joined Suffolk’s full-time faculty in 2005 and spent four years as the associate director of the graduate programs in accounting. She currently serves as an academic advisor to Suffolk’s graduate accounting students and a career mentor for many alumni. She sits on the advisory board of Suffolk’s Center for Teaching & Scholarly Excellence and is a member of the Technology in Learning and Teaching Committee and the Quality Matters Implementation Team.
Professor Potvin is known for her innovative use of technology in the classroom. She has created a series of lecture and problem-solving videos that are available to all of her students. These videos facilitate a “flipped classroom” dynamic in her online classes, where students view the videos at home and learn the material before class. This frees up valuable in-class time for solving problems together and addressing students’ questions.
In addition to her teaching responsibilities, Professor Potvin is actively involved in the MSCPA. Since 2009, she has served on the board of the Society’s Educational Foundation and as a member of its Scholarship Committee.
Prior to her career in academia, Professor Potvin spent more than 20 years working in industry, including seven years at Coopers & Lybrand (now PricewaterhouseCoopers). She held a variety of roles in internal auditing, consulting, project management, software training, SEC reporting, and controllership.