Before coming to Westminster, Professor Elise Bartley earned her Bachelor of Science and Masters of Accountancy from the University of Missouri and became a Certified Public Accountant. She began her career as an accountant for Ernst & Young in Kansas City, serving audit clients that included companies such as TD Ameritrade, Dairy Farmers of America, O’Reilly Auto Parts, The Nelson Atkins Museum of Art, and the Sisters of Charity of Leavenworth Health System. In 2010, she joined Westminster as an Assistant Professor of Accounting.
Professor Bartley is known for the broad range of accounting classes she teaches, from tax accounting to government and non-profit accounting to a really fun class on accounting scandal and fraud. She consistently gets her students out into the community through her service-learning courses, helping prepare taxes for Fulton residents.
In her research and writing, she is known as an outstanding collaborator, working with colleagues from Physics, Exercise Science, History, and Science Education on methods of effective teaching across the disciplines.
Since she joined the Westminster faculty, her graduates have gone on to work for all four of the “Big 4” accounting firms nationwide (Ernst & Young, PriceWaterhouseCoopers, Deloitte, and KPMG).
While her students know that she means business, Professor Bartley is also known as one of the most kind and caring faculty members on campus. She seems to always have time to tutor and advise, serve on yet another committee, or speak at a chapel service to encourage students. Her care for students exemplifies what makes the Westminster educational experience unlike any other.
In 2014, Professor Bartley received the Patricia Klein Liebling Parents Association Faculty Award. The criteria for the award are that the recipient is a faculty member who leads by example, and demonstrates a strong commitment to all aspects of student success by being a caring and competent instructor, advisor and mentor.
She and her husband, Tucker, both natives of Callaway County, live in the Fulton area.