The highlight of Dr. Myrna Fischman’s career has been vicariously enjoying the success of her students. She was also proud to earn tenure and receive a promotion to full professor. Since 1986, she has served as the Director of the Center for Accounting & Tax Education at the Brooklyn campus of Long Island University. She has long worked for the institution, starting out as an adviser and professor in 1970. Her career reaches beyond this position as she has also offered her services in accounting as a self-employed professional since 1960. Prior to joining LIU, she also worked as a Chief Accountant with the Investigator of Rackets at the Queens District Attorney’s Office and as an instructor of accounting at the Borough of Manhattan Community College. Furthermore, Dr. Fischman taught accounting at Center Commercial High School and was the assistant to the controller for Sam Goody, Inc.
With her blend of real life and academic experience, Dr. Fischman has contributed to many achievements throughout her career. She developed a new business machine course and curriculum while at the Borough of Manhattan Community College and introduced the Volunteer Income Tax Assistance IRS program to LIU. Dr. Fischman founded the Center for Accounting and Tax Education which brings continuing professional education to practicing accounts and offers continuing law education to attorneys. Her other achievements include developing articulation agreements with the Borough of Manhattan Community College, Kingsboro Community College and New York Technical Community College. She also developed a 150-hour BS/MS Accounting program for the Long Island University – Brooklyn campus, which was approved by the education department of New York State in preparation for the Certified Public Accountant exam. She assisted the C.W. Post campus and the Southampton campus in developing similar 150-hour BS/MS accounting programs. Furthermore, she established the Myrna L. Fischman Excellence in Accounting Scholarship and successfully ran her department upon her retirement with 79 percent of sections taught by competent professional adjunct faculty who are CPAs or attorneys. Dr. Fischman also introduced courses in fraud using materials from members of the Association of Certified Fraud Examiners. She reached out to the community with visits to high schools and community colleges to recruit for the department and the school of business and maintained professional relations with NYSSCPA through its committee structure and other activities Dr. Fischman bought “COAP” to the Brooklyn campus of LIU and participated in preparation of grant received by the university from the department of the treasury. She has further received recognition with citations in The CPA Journal, which is published by the New York State Society of Certified Public Accountants.