Accounting Department Faculty


David Salerno, Ph.D.


David Salerno Ph.D., CPA is an Associate Professor of Accounting at The University of Scranton, and is the Program Director of the Kania School of Management’s (KSOM) Geisinger Health System MBA program, an MBA program that delivers master’s education to employees at various Geisinger locations. He is also currently serving as the Interim Associate Dean of KSOM. After a career in industry, Dr. Salerno first joined the university’s faculty in 2006, and his teaching includes financial accounting, financial statement analysis & research, and financial reporting courses at the graduate level, as well as undergraduate financial and cost accounting courses.  Dr. Salerno subsequently earned his Ph.D. at Kent State University in Kent, OH, concentrating in accounting and minoring in finance and statistics.  While at Kent State, he taught graduate and undergraduate courses in financial and managerial accounting, earning a Teaching Fellow Award.  Dr. Salerno’s research interests include earnings quality, financial analyst forecasts, cash flows, and executive compensation.  He has done extensive research in earnings quality and has published his work in both academic and professional accounting and finance journals.  Before his academic career, having earned a degree in mechanical design technology, Dr. Salerno worked for numerous engineering and manufacturing firms in PA and NY as a process and test equipment designer where he gained an in-depth knowledge of manufacturing cost-flows and methods, and then ultimately operated a small business in upstate NY.  Afterward he obtained his CPA license and worked for several years in public accounting performing audits and tax preparation for small businesses and not for profit organizations, and later as a cost and pricing specialist for manufacturing firms in northeastern PA.  At one such firm, Dr. Salerno helped to source a new ERP system and used it to implement an Activity Based Costing system to capture overhead data. Upon earning his PhD, Dr. Salerno returned to the accounting faculty at the University of Scranton in the fall of 2011.