Professor Post teaches upper-level and introductory accounting courses in the business and economics department. A 2019 recipient of Northwestern College’s Inspirational Service Award and the 2021 recipient of the Teaching Excellence Award, she is a standout educator whose contributions to Northwestern’s accounting program have made it one of the best in the nation.
A 1988 Northwestern College alumna, Professor Post has been a member of Northwestern’s business and economics faculty for more than 30 years. She holds a master’s degree in accounting from the University of South Dakota and is a licensed CPA. Professor Post teaches a full course load, advises approximately 60 students and frequently meets with prospective students. She previously served as co-chair of the business department.
Under Professor Post’s direction, Northwestern accounting graduates consistently receive high marks on the CPA exam. In 2017, graduates recorded the nation’s second-best pass rate among all institutions that had at least 10 candidates.
In 2021, Professor Post received the Northwestern Teaching Excellence Award, an award selected by Student Government Association members and Honors Program students. Recipients must demonstrate evidence of strong teaching ability, a skill many students would attribute to Post. One student said she embodies the definition of an excellent professor. Another noted her strong faith, saying “her love for God is evident in her teaching.”
Professor Post’s colleagues readily acknowledge her ability to connect with students and offer support when course material becomes challenging. Members of the business department staff describe her as “patient, gracious, positive, hard-working and supportive.” Her intentionality with Northwestern’s students, faculty and staff made her the 2019 recipient of Northwestern’s Inspirational Service Award.
One of Professor Post’s top priorities as a professor is to help students understand the “why” behind accounting’s rules and learn to think like accountants. One graduate commended her for this approach, saying “no one understands and communicates financial principles better than Vonda.”