Laura Hybertson, C.P.A.
B.B.A., University of South Dakota, 2004
M.P.A., University of South Dakota, 2004
Degrees: M.P.A. University of South Dakota B.B.A., University of South Dakota
Courses taught: Principles of Accounting I, Principles of Accounting II, Cost Accounting, Income Tax, Organizational Tax, Not for Profit Accounting, Understanding the Numbers, Accounting Beyond the Financial Statements
Business Experience: Prior to joining the faculty at Augustana University, Professor Hybertson worked at a public accounting firm, primarily in the area of taxation. During this time, she worked with individual, trust, corporate, partnership, and gift tax returns. In addition to taxation she also worked with retirement plan and foundation audits. These varied jobs allowed her to experience both sides of public accounting. Professor Hybertson continues to practice accounting. The focus of her consulting is small businesses and small not for profits. She assists them with the development of accounting systems, payroll taxation, sales and contractor’s excise taxes, financial statement analysis, and audit preparation. Professor Hybertson is a Certified Public Accountant (CPA).
Interests: Professor Hybertson’s research interests include business dynamics in small communities, experiential learning as it pertains to accounting, and the impact of advanced degrees on an accounting career and implications of tax law changes. In addition to research she is involved in many volunteer activities. She serves on community boards with varied focuses.
Memorable classroom moment: The most memorable moments come when I see students truly understand accounting and apply it. The course Accounting Beyond the Financial Statements takes open ended accounting/business problems and requires students to find solutions. One group was struggling with the openness of the question and thus solution. When they finally accepted the solution could not be found in the textbook they pulled their collective knowledge from coursework across the curriculum and resulted in a phenomenal out of the box solution and presentation.
Advice for business students: Be open to opportunities when they arise, whether it be a new business class or a change of career path. You never know where these opportunities may lead you. It may be the road you were meant to follow.
Publications and Papers:
A Proactive Approach to Increasing Accounting Enrollmentspresented at the IABPAD conference, January 2010
Summer Accounting Institutepresented at the Academy of Accounting, Finance, and Economics Annual Meeting, December 2009
- Hybertson, L. 2015. What if I don’t have a graduate degree? Preferences of practicing accountants for entry level attributes. Abstract published in the Proceedings of the Society of Business Research, Orlando FL, March.
- Hybertson, L. 2012. You did what in accounting class today?! Using simple projects to demonstrate manufacturing processes. Paper publication in the Proceedings of Conference on International Business and Contemporary Issues in Business, Deadwood SD, October.
- Hybertson, L. 2011. Is it worth my time? Using class time for small group work in the introduction to accounting courses. Paper publication in the Proceedings of the South Dakota International Business Conference, Rapid City SD, September.