By Grace Mize – After teaching Intermediate Accounting as an adjunct during the fall 2016 semester, Ashley Minnich has started a full-time position as a professor in the Accounting Department at William Jewell. She now teaches Intermediate Accounting I, Cost Accounting, Advanced Accounting, and Accounting Information Systems.
Minnich is an alumna of William Jewell College with degrees in Accounting and ACT-In. While discussing the value of the ACT-In program, she expressed, “Some people may not think it’s very useful because it’s a general education major, but it honestly got me a lot of attention in the interview process because it set me apart.” After graduation in 2008, she moved on to the College of William and Mary in Williamsburg, Virginia to earn her Masters in Accounting.
Near the end of Minnich’s time in Virginia, she was offered a position with KPMG in Kansas City where she worked as an auditor. After about a year in that position, she began a 6-year career with the National Association of Insurance Commissioners. At the NAIC, she started as a financial examiner and ended up in a Systems Liaison position where she was able to utilize her knowledge about accounting to enhance information systems in the company.
Ever since her undergraduate days, Minnich has had an interest in teaching but was unsure if her path would lead in that direction. After several unexpected career shifts, she was thrilled to have the opportunity to explore her passion for teaching. She remarked, “For me, being a graduate of William Jewell and of the Accounting Program, it is an absolute dream job to come back here and be a professor.”
When asked about her favorite aspect of working at Jewell, Minnich expressed her appreciation for the amazing sense of community on campus. She loves the camaraderie among the professors as well as the close relationships she gets to form with her students. Her biggest goal as a professor is to “Take life experiences and use them to influence students positively, teaching them how to be successful in their careers but also figuring out what they want to do in life. And to make sure their lives are meaningful and not just career-based.”
When she is not dedicating herself to her work, Minnich loves to walk around downtown Kansas City, watch The Walking Dead, and play video games with her husband.