Barbara Beltran

I am a tenured associate professor and focus on teaching financial accounting and auditing. I worked in private-sector audit and accounting services from 1983 to 2009 before joining Metropolitan State and am a member of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants and the Minnesota Society of CPAs, where I chair the Peer Review Committee.

What’s the best thing about teaching at Metropolitan State?

Seeing the "aha" moments of students when they grasp the "language of accounting" and the nuances of applying difficult accounting standards.

What’s your favorite moment from teaching at Metropolitan State?

I enjoy reading the undergraduate College of Management names at graduation. It is great fun to look each student in the eyes, smile, and read their name so their families and friends can hear they've finished!

What do you love most about your field of study?

The intellectual challenge of finding and communicating the kernel of elegance and simplicity of the conceptual framework that underlies accounting standards.

Who or what inspires you?

Physical activities (biking, yoga, etc.) and intellectual activities (reading novels, history and, yes, new accounting and auditing standards).

What have you learned from your students?

How much they need and value support in their academic journey as they move into the professional world of accounting.

  • Years at Metro State
  • Department
  • Favorite Food
    green beans
  • Favorite Pastime
    Reading (2 book clubs and an Atlantic Monthly Salon)
  • Favorite Writers
    Ian McEwan, Harper Lee, Anne Patchett, Doris Kearns Goodwin, and Alice Munro

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