Deborah Habel

Deborah Habel


Associate Professor of Teaching in Accounting





Mike Ilitch School of Business
2771 Woodward Avenue
Room 306
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.


Academic Programs

  • Accounting

Deborah Habel


Deborah L. Habel, M.B.A., CPA, CGMA, CITP, PMP, is an authority in the design, analysis and improvement of business processes through the implementation of enterprise resource planning systems. After a long practitioner career, she transitioned to her "second act" ultimately joining the Ilitch School faculty in 2014. She frequently adapts examples from her past experience in public accounting and consulting, generating comprehensive case projects for her students; "Comparative Analysis of Publicly Traded Regional Brewers," is used to teach students to read, understand, and analyze corporate financial statements, and "ERP Systems Selection - A Needs Based Approach" requires students to analyze a scenario company's business needs, prepare a short-list of software systems that might serve them well, and a present their recommendations for final selection and implementation.

Deb primarily teaches the graduate and undergraduate versions of Accounting Systems: Design and Control (ACC 5130 and ACC 7145). She also is the course coordinator for Introduction to Financial Accounting (ACC3010) and Introduction to Managerial Accounting (ACC3020). She has taught the cross-coded undergraduate Enterprise Resource Planning Systems course (ACC 5200 and ISM 5200), and the undergraduate and graduate Special Topics in Global Supply Chain "Decision Making under Constraints" (GSM 5670/7260). She is also founded the required MSOffice application training (BA1500) for all Ilitch students and the application of those tools throughout the curriculum. In her role as Accounting Department Career Coach, she actively mentors students through their Internships and chaperones them to multiple professional organization meetings.

In addition to her teaching responsibilities, 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.

Since that clearly isn't "enough," Deb also actively serves her profession as a Trustee of the Michigan Accountancy Foundation, CPA Academic Champion and a case competition judge for AICPA-CIMA. She remains active with the Michigan Association of CPAs as a Past-Chair of the Accounting Educators' Task Force. Here at Wayne, she serves on the Ilitch Faculty Senate, chairing the Undergraduate Education Policy Committe. She also serves as faculty advisor to WSU's Alpha Kappa Psi chapter, Wayne Women in Technology, and the Warrior Crochet Club, and serves as a Faculty Liaison for WSU Athletics. In the community, she's is a huge fan of the Accounting Aid Society and supports the social activities of The Players' with her husband (and current President of this historic theatre), Mark.


  • Certified Public Accountant
  • Certified Information Technology Professional
  • Chartered Global Management Accountant
  • Project Management Professional
  • WSU Jonah's Jonah




  • PhD (in progress), Industrial Engineering (GET), Wayne State University
  • MBA, University of Michigan
  • BS, Accounting and Management Information Systems, Oakland University

AACSB specialty


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


"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
  • Spirit of Community Service Award, Wayne State University, 2019
  • Faculty Service Award, Mike Ilitch School of Business, 2018
  • President Obama's Volunteer Service Award, 2010


Courses taught by Deborah Habel

Winter Term 2024 (future)

Fall Term 2023 (current)

Spring-Summer Term 2023

Winter Term 2023

Fall Term 2022

Spring-Summer Term 2022

Winter Term 2022

Fall Term 2021