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Weatherhead School of Management
Associate Professor, Accountancy

Sharon L. Martin, MBA, CPA, brings a wide range of experience directing learning systems and knowledge development in the corporate sector. Her work unites an appreciation of learning for professional and personal growth with the quantitative finesse to reveal its impact on the bottom line. She has just completed a year-long contract with her former employer, EY, in the West Region’s Assurance Enablement and Implementation group. In that role, she coordinated pre-issuance quality reviews, quality network newsletters and webcasts, and the project management milestone program for the audit practice.

Martin has taught in the Management, Accounting and Economics Department of Hiram College as well as in the Department of Accountancy of the Weatherhead School of Management, Case Western Reserve University. She also previously served as Associate Dean for Finance and Administration at Weatherhead.

A graduate of John Carroll University, Martin is also a CPA. She obtained her Executive MBA from Baldwin Wallace College and gained Certificates in Women’s Leadership and Executive Coaching from Case Western Reserve as well. During an extensive career at Ernst & Young, Martin first provided audit services to clients as a staff through senior manager. Later, as a principal in the Global Assurance Advisory Business Services (AABS) group, Martin was in charge of the Americas Knowledge Network and built a knowledge management framework supported by coaching and teamwork that improved audit quality and employee morale. She wrote and designed materials for the classroom and the web. She also overhauled the core audit curriculum in light of changing regulations and to align to the adoption of a firm wide competency framework.

As part of the Americas Quality and Risk Management team, Martin designed and developed a multi-year technical independence learning curriculum implemented throughout Ernst & Young’s offices globally. As Global Director of AABS Technology Implementation, she managed the implementation of technology solutions in five global geographical areas, shaping their activities for maximum ROI.

Among her many outside activities, Martin is heavily involved in her church and served as the chair of their strategic planning committee. She currently serves as the treasurer and chair of the finance committee of the non-profit Building Hope in the City. Martin also presides over the Florence Crittenton Services Fund of the Cleveland Foundation. In the past, she has been a board member of The Cleveland Pops Orchestra, past president of the Cleveland East chapter of the Institute of Management Accountants, and treasurer and board member of the area chapter of the League of Women Voters during which she was on the Northeast Ohio Area-wide Coordinating Agency (NOACA) Air Quality Public Advisory Task Force.

Martin is a seasoned traveler both domestically and internationally, and most enjoys traveling with her family. When her schedule allows, she can be found relaxing with a walk in the park, enjoying high tea, or fitting together a jigsaw puzzle. She is also an avid NPR listener and theater aficionado.

The Weatherhead School of Management is different from other business schools. We are bold in our ideas, creative in our approach, and adaptive in our interactions within a changing business environment. We''ve enhanced traditional management education by integrating the fundamentals of business with ideas and practices that change individuals, organizations and societies. At Weatherhead, we develop leaders as good global citizens who innovate to create sustainable value.

Academic and Professional Activities

  • Committee Member, Accountancy Curriculum Committee, 2018 - Present
  • Committee Member, UGIS Committee, 2018 - Present
  • Faculty Advisor, Beta Alpha Psi, 2016 - Present

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