Michael Chen, Ph.D

Associate Professor of Accounting & Information Management



“That the man of God may be complete, fully equipped for every good work.”
--- 2 Timothy 3:17

Research interests:

  • Faith and learning integration in Christian higher education;
  • Integration of liberal arts, business education, and professional accountancy;
  • Risk-based integrated auditing: financial / process / system / data;
  • Accounting & ethical issues in international business (US-China);
  • Professional service firm & general management;
  • Future of work & learning of today;
  • Blended learning & pedagogy (flipped classroom, O2O, case & field, game, video, design & studio thinking etc)


Dr. Michael Chen joined Roberts Wesleyan College in July 2018 and is the Associate Professor of Accounting & Information Management. He holds a Ph.D. in Accounting as well as several professional certifications (CIA/CISA).

Dr. Chen has more than 15 years of professional experience in both the US and China and has served numerous multinational corporations in various assurance and advisory engagements. He brings a unique combination of skills and knowledge to Roberts and offers a global context to the business department. Dr. Chen is a seasoned professional in the “Big 4” with an academic mindset. He has worked on projects for a variety of clients and markets, providing client services and internal research. Dr. Chen was the innovation champion in both Deloitte China and EY US. He is a great asset to Roberts, providing industry insight and educational wisdom for the next generation of business & accounting professionals. Dr. Chen is a strong advocate of faith and learning integration in Christian higher education. He has worked as an independent advisor and has been invited to speak in both the US and China regarding the future of work and its impact on business education and learning. He also has over 10 years of part-time teaching experience, working in universities as well as providing internal training to numerous professional organizations. Dr. Chen relentlessly promotes the maxim that “In Christ all things hold together” (Col 1:17), and for that sake, he works collaboratively with all faculty, staff, and students at Roberts to recover the connection between faith, liberal arts, business education and professional accountancy. With that high calling, he aims to teach, shape, and establish students in servant leadership and applied research.

Dr. Chen and his wife Yangyang have two children, Gracie and Daniel. He enjoys memorizing Bible verses with his daughter in the morning and reading Bible stories with his son at night. He is a swimmer, golfer, active reader, and column writer. He and his wife love the vineyards in the Finger Lakes area, while his kids immerse themselves in camping during the summer. He serves in his local church in Rochester, NY.


  • Board trustee of FAE (Foundation of Accounting Education) in NYSSCPA (NY State Society of CPA) (2019-2020)
  • Lead faculty of the SAP lab in Roberts (SAP Learning Hub in the University Alliance)

Past Speaking Engagements

  • Invited speaker in Information System Audit and Control Association (ISACA) Western NY annual conference on May. 7, 2019
    • Invited by the Rochester chapter president to give a one hour speech (CPE qualifying). The topic was “The Cyber Security and its Impact to the Professional Services”.
  • Invited panelist and corporate trainer by AICPA/CIMA in Jun/Jul. 2019 in China
    • Invited by Association of International Certified Professional Accountants (AICPA/CIMA) to join the closed door meeting on Jun. 14, 2019 in Guangzhou China as one of the thought leaders in the global market AND the panelist on Jun. 15 with other financial influencers from China market, including the CFO from Coca-Cola, Sumitomo Mitsui Banking, innovation partner in PwC, assurance & advisory partners from Deloitte and KPMG etc. The topic for the panel discussion is the digital impact to the competency framework for next generation professional accountants.