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Jean Walkenhorst

Jean Walkenhorst

Assistant Professor of Practice

Phone Number: 402.826.8633
Department: Accounting
Office: GA406
Email: [email protected]
Primary Campus: Crete
Credentials: BA, MPACC

Jean Walkenhorst is Assistant Professor of Practice in the College of Business. She joined Doane University in 2018 and primarily teaches classes in the Accounting programs. She earned an M.P.A. (1996) from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln and is a CPA in the state of Nebraska. Jean brings a wealth of industry experience into the classroom. She worked as a CPA for more than two decades, first at Penky & Associates and then at HSMC Orizon. At Pekny & Associates, she provided a range of services to protect the public interest from auditing corporate financials to helping individuals plan their financial futures. At HSMC Orizon, she worked with small to mid-sized businesses, individuals, not-for-profit organizations, and local governments.

M.P.A. (Accounting), University of Nebraska-Lincoln, 1996
B.A. (Business Administration), Doane College, 1994


  • Financial Accounting (ACC 103)
  • Managerial Accounting (ACC 104)
  • Tax Accounting I (ACC 315)
  • Advanced Accounting II (ACC 332)
  • Systems and Applied Accounting (ACC 411)
  • Tax Accounting II (ACC 415)
  • Auditing (ACC 427)

Professional Experience
Certified Public Accountant, HSMC Orizon, 2017-Present
Certified Public Accountant, Pekny & Associates, 1997-2017

Teaching Experience
Doane University, 2018-present
Central Community College, 1997-2012
University of Nebraska-Lincoln, 1996

Professional Accolades
Federation of Schools of Accountancy Outstanding Masters Student Award, Regent Fellowship Award, G.P.A. 4.0, University of Nebraska-Lincoln
Summa Cum Laude, Outstanding Achievement Award, GPA 4.0, Doane College

Professional Highlights

  • Over twenty years of experience working as a CPA

How did you become interested in teaching?
"I became a teacher as a way of serving my community by sharing my knowledge and experience and to make a difference in people's lives. My interest in teaching began when I was asked to share my knowledge and experience which I obtained as a certified public accountant by teaching a seminar. I found that I truly enjoyed the experience."

What advice do you have for students?
Students have heard time and time again that being organized is a huge key to the success of a student. This is true for all students in all classes, but especially in an accounting course. Organization is particularly important since it helps students learn how to prioritize activities, set and achieve goals, and reduce stress.

What is one of your favorite quotes?
"So you never know who you touch. You never know how or when you have an impact, or how important your example can be to someone else" by Denzel Washington.  At Doane University, we try to connect with our students on an individualized basis. I give every student feedback on their accounting-related coursework, and I hope to have a positive impact on my students."