School of Business

Fern Zabriskie, Ph.D.

Associate Professor

Fern Zabriskie, Ph.D. Associate Professor
On Sabbatical
  • Professional
  • Personal


  • Ph.D., Business Administration, University of Washington, 2002
  • M.B.A., Wharton School, University of Pennsylvania, 1975
  • B.A., Connecticut College, 1974

Areas of Emphasis or Expertise

  • Accounting


After completing her M.B.A. from the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania, Dr. Fern Zabriskie had a successful business career spanning over 20 years before returning to the University of Washington to earn her Ph.D. Throughout her career, she held jobs of increasing responsibility including information systems, strategic planning, financial accounting, budgeting, financial planning, and investor relations. She began her business career with a small, privately held corporation in New York State and last held the title Vice President/Controller for a division of Pitney Bowes, Inc. She has lived and worked in New York, Florida, Switzerland, New England, and on the West Coast. She earned her C.P.A. in Maryland and holds a Certificate in Management Accounting. Dr. Zabriskie completed her Ph.D. in Business Administration in 2002 with a major in accounting, and minors in finance, economics, and econometrics. Her dissertation is entitled “The Costs and Benefits of Managing Earnings to Meet an Earnings Target.” Zabriskie’s research interests continue to be in the area of managing earnings, but have been expanded to include research aimed at improving teaching in general and the teaching of accounting specifically. She teaches courses in accounting and finance at both the undergraduate and graduate level.