Janet O’Tousa, Associate Teaching Professor of Accountancy, received an MBA from Notre Dame in May 1988. She pursued the MBA with the goal of teaching in the College of Business. She began her teaching career as an adjunct in the fall semester of 1988.
In January 2001, she became a member of the full time teaching faculty in the Mendoza College of Business. In May 2010, she was a recipient of a Rev. Edmund P. Joyce, C.S.C. Award for Excellence in Undergraduate Teaching.
Janet teaches Accountancy 1 during the fall semesters and Accountancy 2 during the spring semesters. She teaches 4 sections each semester in class sizes of 40. Accountancy 1 and Accountancy 2 are required of all incoming sophomores in the Mendoza College of Business. Both courses are team taught with a common syllabus, common exams and common group projects. Day-to-day lectures and outside class student preparation are up to each individual instructor. The overall goal for the two-semester Accountancy sequence is to develop the ability of students to use accounting information in various economic decision-making contexts, as well as to understand the scope of services provided by accounting professionals. In order to meet these objectives and to keep the courses timely and relevant, it is Janet’s responsibility to develop a course packet of outside readings for each course.
In addition to her teaching, Janet serves as the Faculty Advisor for Beta Alpha Psi, the international accounting honorary society, and as a mentor for students in Notre Dame’s Taxpayer Assistance Program.
Upon graduating from the University of California, Irvine in 1974 with a Bachelor’s degree in Biological Sciences, Janet worked for 5 years as a research technician. An interest in business and taxes led her to the Internal Revenue Service where she held the positions of Taxpayer Service Representative and Auditor. She left the Internal Revenue Service to obtain her MBA.
Janet is married to Joseph O’Tousa, Professor, Biological Sciences and has two sons, David, 25, a graduate student at IUPUI and Matt, 20, a junior at Ball State University.