Faculty Spotlight: John J. Petosa, Professor of Practice

John Petosa is the perfect example of how a golf game can influence a career. Nearly 12 years ago, while on the golf course with Professor of Accounting Practice Bill Walsh, Petosa first considered being an adjunct professor of accounting. Professor Walsh thought he’d be a natural. Shortly thereafter, Petosa taught his first class, Intro to Accounting. As the semesters rolled by, he kept taking on more and more classes until he finally decided to join the Whitman faculty full time as a professor of accounting practice.

“I’m now in my fourth full year as a professor of practice and I’ve never looked back,” said Petosa. “Teaching is one of the most rewarding things that I do every day. I love to see young people grow up, mature and succeed.”

One of Petosa’s favorite events is the Capstone Competition, where he serves as a judge. “I love to see how the students have changed from freshmen to seniors,” he said.

In addition to his course load, Petosa also serves as one of the inaugural Goodman IMPRESS program “housemasters,” a role he considers an “honor.”

“I was honored when Dean Nicholson approached me with this opportunity,” said Petosa. “It’s the first time I’ve felt that I have a permanent role in helping to shape our students for the future.”

Petosa also serves as the advisor to the Beta Alpha Psi accounting fraternity, an honor society for the brightest accounting majors at Whitman. And, if that wasn’t enough, he still serves as chief financial officer of DeliBoy, a Judge in the nearby town of Camillus, a tax preparer and an attorney. With five children, his family life is vibrant, as well.

How does he manage all these activities? “I love everything I do and who I do it with so I don’t even think about it,” he said. “But if I feel out of balance, I simply readjust and move on.”

Good advice from a golfer turned professor.