Kate Jelinek

  • Associate Professor
  • Accounting
  • Phone: 401.874.7470
  • Email: kjelinek@uri.edu
  • Office Location: 224, Ballentine



Kate Jelinek, C.P.A., Ph.D. is an associate professor of accounting at the University of Rhode Island.  She has taught Intermediate I, Intermediate II, Introductory Financial Accounting and Managerial Accounting in the undergraduate program as well as Advanced Auditing in the MS program.  She has won several teaching awards, including the Dean’s CBA Outstanding New Teacher Award, the Beta Gamma Sigma Outstanding Teaching Award, and the Beta Alpha Psi Outstanding Faculty Award. Professor Jelinek is currently the University’s faculty advisor for Beta Alpha Psi, the Accounting National Honor Society.

Professor Jelinek’s research focuses on corporate governance, and includes topics such as auditor behavior, structure and protocol at accounting organizations and the effect of agency costs on earnings management.  In 2009, one of Professor Jelinek’s co-authored papers received the “Emerald Literati Network Awards for Excellence—Outstanding Paper Award,”an international research award.  Her work has been published in various journals including Issues in Accounting Education, International Journal of Managerial Finance, Journal of Business and Economic Studies, and CPA Journal and Business Horizons. Prior to earning her Ph.D. from the University of Connecticut,  Professor Jelinek graduated with a B.S. in accounting from the University of Massachusetts and worked as a senior assurance consultant in Ernst & Young’s retail, distribution and manufacturing (RDM) line of business out of the firm’s Boston office.


A focus on corporate governance, including topics such as auditor behavior, structure and protocol at accounting organizations, and the effect of agency costs on earnings management.


B.S. in Accounting, University of Massachusetts Amherst (1998)
Ph.D. in Accounting, University of Connecticut (2005)

Selected Publications

Recent publications

Skaradzinski, D., Jelinenk, K., & Graham, A. (2012).  Non-financial performance measures and managerial risk aversion. International Research Journal in Applied Finance, 3 (12), 1768-1781

 Jelinek, K. (2011). Deviance at RKGA LLP. Issues in Accounting Education, 27 (2), 475-491.

Jelinek, K. & Jelinek, R. (2010).  All Hands on Deck: Becoming a More Relational Firm in the Post-Sarbanes-Oxley Era. CPA Journal, 80 (9), 64-67.

Jelinek, R. & Jelinek, K. (2010).  From Clear to Complicated: Buying and Selling Accounting Services Post Sarbanes-Oxley. Business Horizons, 53 (55), 511-522.