Ilene Kleinsorge

Professor and Dean Emeritus

Austin Hall

Austin Hall 443

2751 SW Jefferson Way

2751 SW Jefferson Way
Corvallis, OR 97331

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College of Business
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Ilene Kleinsorge retired in June 2015 as the Sara Hart Kimball Dean of the College of Business at Oregon State University, where she had served in that capacity for more than 12 years. She directed a business program that educated nearly 5,800 students including 3,900 business majors and pre-majors, nearly 850 business and entrepreneurship minors and more than 800 students in the School of Design and Human Environment.

A faculty member of the College of Business at OSU since 1987, she served as department chair of Accounting, Finance, and Information Management from 1995-2001 and again from 2001-02. She was appointed dean on March 1, 2003. Most of Dean Kleinsorge’s teaching and research focused on cost and managerial accounting systems, with emphasis on multinational companies and healthcare.

Kleinsorge also served as the technical advisor for the Governor’s Oregon Innovation Council, is past chair of the Western Association of Collegiate Schools of Business, was a member of the Executive Commercialization Advisory Council for OSU, and served on numerous boards. She was at Oregon State for 25 years and is often known to say, “I came for a job and stayed for the people.”



"Perceptual Measures of Quality: A Tool to Improve Nursing Home Systems," by Harold F. Koenig and Ilene K. Kleinsorge, Hospital & Health Services Administration, 39:4 Winter 1994.

"Financial and Efficiency Differences in Family-Owned and Non-Family Owned Nursing Homes: An Oregon Study," by Ilene K. Kleinsorge, Family Business Review, 7:1 Spring 1994.

"TQM: Are Cost Accountants Meeting The Challenge?" by John E. Shea and Ilene K. Kleinsorge, Management Accounting, 75:10 (1994) pp 65-67.

"A Benchmarking Study of the Current Practices with Regard to the Role of the Quantitative Curriculum in Business Schools," by Ashok Chandrashekar and Ilene K. Kleinsorge, International Journal of Operations and Quantitative Management, 3:2 (August, 1997) pp. 125-138.

"Lessons Learned Using Total Quality Concepts for Accounting Curriculum Development," by Ilene K. Kleinsorge and Mary Alice Seville, Accounting Education, 2:2 (1997) pp. 185-198.

"Linking Accounting Courses with an Unstructured Project," by Mary Alice Seville and Ilene K. Kleinsorge, Accounting Education, 2:2 (1997) pp. 199-211.

"A Multicourse Practice Set: The Ultimate 'Messy' Problem," by Mary Alice Seville and Ilene K. Kleinsorge, Journal of Private Enterprise, special edition, Spring 1997 XII:2.

"Using Total Quality Processes and Learning Outcome Assessments To Develop Management Curricula," by John A. Drexler, Jr. and Ilene K. Kleinsorge, Journal of Management Education, 24:2 (April 2000) pp. 167-182.

"The Cost of Safety," by Michael Behm, Anthony Veltri, and Ilene K. Kleinsorge, Professional Safety, 49:4 (April 2004) pp.22-29.

Proceedings and Conference Presentations: 
  • "New Paradigms With Respect To The Quantitative Core in Business School Curriculum: A Survey Of Current Practices," by Ashok Chandrashekar and Ilene K. Kleinsorge, Proceedings, Decision Sciences Institute Conference, November 1996.
  • "Reengineering Business Quantitative Courses," by A. Eugene Abrassart, Stefan Bloomfield, Ashok Chandrashekar, Ilene K. Kleinsorge, and Paul Paschke, Proceedings, MSMESB 96 Conference, June, 1996. (
  • "A Multicourse Practice Set: the Ultimate 'Messy' Problem," by Mary Alice Seville and Ilene K. Kleinsorge, Western Regional American Accounting Association meeting, Jackson Hole, WY, May 1996, (Presenter - Mary Alice Seville) - Best Education Paper Award winner.
  • "A Multicourse Practice Set: The Ultimate 'Messy' Problem," by Mary Alice Seville and Ilene K. Kleinsorge, The Association of Private Enterprise Education, Las Vegas, NV, April 1996.
  • "The Impact of the Quality Movement on the Accounting Profession," panel discussion leader, organizer, and presenter at the Western Regional American Accounting Association Meeting, Portland, Oregon, May 1994.
  • "Curriculum Development to Include Total Quality and Continuous Improvement in the Business Core," Oregon State University Quality Fair, April 1994.
  • "Total Quality Management and Curriculum Development," Oregon State University Quality Fair, April 1993.
Beyond OSU
  • Ph.D. University of Kansas, Lawrence, Kansas, May 1988 Major: Accounting Minor: Health Service Adm.
  • B.S. Emporia State University, Emporia, Kansas, May 1981 Major: Accounting
  • Oregon State University
    • 7/95 - 12/02 Department Chair - Accounting, Finance, and Information Management
    • 9/96 - 6/99 Director of Graduate Program
    • 9/87 - Present Associate Professor of Accounting
  • University of Oregon
    • Summer 1991, 1993 Associate Professor
  • Emporia State University
    • 9/86 - 5/87 Lecturer
  • University of Kansas
    • 5/83 - 9/86 GTA
  • Strategic Management Services
    • 6/85 - 6/86 Director of Research and Financial Analysis
  • Scherer, Harrod, and Bennet
    • 1/83 - 5/83 Staff Accountant
  • Agler & Gaeddert Chartered
    • 5/81 - 1/83 Staff Accountant
Professional Affiliations: 

American Accounting Association - Member of panel of experts for evaluating ethics cases.

American Institute of Certified Public Accountants

Institute of Management Accountants - Offices held: Director of Education, 6/88-5/90; Secretary, 6/90-5/91; VP of Marketing and Membership, 6/91-5/92; VP of Education, 6/92-5/93; VP of Communications, 6/93-5/94; VP of Administration and Finance, 6/94-5/96; President, 6/96-5/97; Director of Manuscripts, 6/97 - 6/99.

My Publications

Journal Articles