Lecturer of Accounting
Mike Ilitch School of Business
2771 Woodward Avenue
Detroit, MI 48201
Office hours by appointment. When not in the classroom or at another campus location, Professor Habel can almost always be found in her office. Arrangements for special assistance can most often be made with a moment's notice.
Research and teaching interests
- Accounting Information Systems
- Enterprise Resource Planning Systems
- New Technologies and their impact on Financial Business Processes
- Project Management
- Financial and Managerial Accounting
- Business Process Analysis and Improvement
- Software Implementation
- Non-Profit Accounting
- Closely-held Organizations
- PhD (in progress), Industrial Engineering (GET), Wayne State University
- MBA, University of Michigan
- BS, Accounting and Management Information Systems, Oakland University
Deborah L. Habel, M.B.A., CPA, CGMA, CITP, PMP, is an authority in the design, implementation, analysis and improvement of business processes and accounting information systems. She is a skilled professional in ERP systems, software selection and customization, and curriculum design. She frequently adapts examples from her consulting and academic careers into comprehensive case projects for her students, such as "Comparative Analysis of Publicly Traded Regional Brewers," used to teach students to read, understand, and analyze corporate financial statements, and "ERP Systems Selection - A Needs Based Approach" developed in the past year in conjunction with Technology Evaluation Consultants, which requires students to prepare a short-list of possible candidate products and a next-steps presentation for their "client" based upon the organization scenario provided.
She is an active community volunteer, currently serving as an advisor and board member for several community organizations and the faculty advisor for the Alpha Kappa Psi chapter here on campus. She has also been a contributing member of the AICPA's CPA Exam Content and CITP Exam Cut-Score Teams, and continues her service with the MICPA as Chair of the Accounting Educators Task Force.
Her primary teaching responsibilitites are the graduate and undergraduate versions of Accounting Systems: Design and Control (ACC 5130 and ACC 7145) and the cross-coded undergraduate Enterprise Resource Planning Systems course (ACC 5200 and ISM 5200). She is also the champion for student success with MSOffice applications, creating the course and coordinating the BA1500 teaching team.
In addition to her regular course work, Prof Habel is a student in the Global Executive Track PhD program co-directed by the Mike Ilitch School of Business and the College of Engineering. Prof Habel is considering the impact of new technologies on the Accounting and Finance function for her dissertation research. Of particular interest are the current innovations in Big Data and Blockchain.
- Certified Public Accountant
- Certified Information Technology Professional
- Chartered Global Management Accountant
- Project Management Professional
- WSU Jonah's Jonah
- American Institute of Certified Public Accountants
- Michigan Association of Certified Public Accountants
- Project Management Institute
- Alpha Kappa Psi Professional Business Fraternity
"The Opportunity of Distributed Ledger Technology for Enterprise-scale Accounting Information Systems, Blockchain for Accounting Information Systems?" Michigan Association of CPAs Accounting Educators Conference, 2018
- Public Service Award, Michigan Association of Certified Public Accountants, 2020
- Service Award, Wayne State University, 2019
- Faculty Service Award, Wayne State University, Mike Ilitch School of Business, 2018
- President Obama's Volunteer Service Award, Lifetime of Service, 2010