Accounting Department

Faculty

Thomas Monks, JD, LLM, CPA, CFE

Thomas Monks, JD, LLM, CPA, CFE

Professor, Chair

Office: WS 386

EmailMonksT@wcsu.edu

Phone: (203) 837-8886

Teaching Areas:
Business law, Fraud Examination and Auditing, Financial Accounting
and Consolidation Accounting, Taxation

Research Interests:
Fraud and White Collar Crime, Taxation, Law

Professor Monks was born and raised in Bridgeport, Connecticut. He attended Notre Dame

Catholic High School, Fairfield. He earned his BS in Accounting from Central Connecticut
State University, passing his CPA exam shortly after graduation.

After several years working in the accounting industry, he entered the University
of Bridgeport School of Law (now Quinnipiac University Law School). There, he earned
his Juris Doctorate degree, and subsequently his LL.M. degree in Taxation.  He interned
for the United States Department of Justice.
Professor Monks practiced law and public accounting in the Fairfield and New Haven County areas.
He was employed by several public accounting and law firms, and also operated a solo law practice.
Although having practiced in many areas, he primarily focused on tax, probate, estate planning,
fraud investigation and business law matters. Professor Monks is admitted to and has litigated cases
before the Connecticut Bar, the United States District Court (Connecticut) and the United States Tax
Court.  He is a Connecticut CPA (Inactive) and a Certified Fraud Examiner.

In 1992, while in solo practice, Mr. Monks began teaching as an adjunct professor in the
Justice and Law Administration program at WCSU.  There, he discovered his love of teaching.
In 2004, he accepted a full-time position in WCSU’s Accounting Department.  He was promoted
to full-professor in 2012 and became chair of the Accounting Department in 2015.

In addition to teaching, Mr. Monks also serves as a Magistrate for the Connecticut Judicial Branch.
There, he hears, presides over and decides small claims, motor vehicle and infraction trials.

Mr. Monks lives in Trumbull with his wife and children. He enjoys golf, motorcycle riding,
running, gardening and cooking.  He is a Connecticut Certified Firefighter. He served as fireman
for the Long Hill Volunteer Fire Company in Trumbull, where he currently is a post-service member.
He is also a past corporate officer and director of the department.  He currently serves an officer for
the Knights of Columbus, St. Theresa Council in Trumbull.  He is also active in the Sons of St. Joseph
Men’s Group at St. Theresa’s RC Church, Trumbull.   He is a member of the Ancient Order of Hibernians,
John F. Kennedy Chapter, Bridgeport.


Jim Donegan, Ph.D., CPA, CMA, CFE

Professor

Office: WS 139

Email: DoneganJ@wcsu.edu

Phone: (203) 837-9035

Current Teaching Areas: Financial Accounting, Managerial Accounting

Research Interests: Financial Statement Fraud, White-Collar Crime


Michele Ganon, Ph.D. CPA, CGMA

Professor

Office: WS 303

Email: GanonM@wcsu.edu

Phone: (203) 837-8742

Current Teaching Areas: Managerial Accounting, Taxation

Research Interests: Tax fraud, White-Collar Crime, Ethics


Xiaowen Jiang, Ph.D.

Associate Professor

Office: WS 138

Email: JiangX@wcsu.edu

Phone: (203) 837-9291

Current Teaching Areas: Financial Accounting


Guy Rotondo, MBA, CPA

Instructor

Office: WS 135

Email: RotondoG@wcsu.edu

Phone: (203) 837-8696

Current Teaching Areas: Financial Accounting


Gary Skiba, MBA, CPA

Associate Professor

Office: WS 137

Email: SkibaG@wcsu.edu

Phone: (203) 837-8696

Current Teaching Areas: Financial Accounting, Managerial Accounting

Research Interests: Financial Accounting, Tax Policy, Financial Reporting