Jennifer M. Cainas, DBA, MAcc, CPA, is a clinical professor at the Lynn Pippenger School of Accountancy at the University of South Florida. Cainas primarily teaches introductory financial and managerial accounting, as well as Intermediate Financial Accounting and Cost Accounting. She has taught in a variety of formats, including mass lectures, online, hybrid, and hyflex classes. During her teaching career, she has taught and mentored over 15,000 business students and has won numerous teaching awards at the college, university, state, and national level. She is also the faculty adviser for the Delta Gamma Chapter of Beta Alpha Psi and received the national outstanding faculty advisor award sponsored by RSM in 2013.
Cainas is a Certified Public Accountant and a member of the American Accounting Association (AAA), the Institute of Management Accountants, the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants, and the Florida Institute of Certified Public Accountants. She is a member of the Management Accounting Section as well as the Teaching, Learning, and Curriculum Section of the AAA. She has published articles in journals such as Journal of Emerging Technologies and Strategic Finance. She regularly presents at AAA regional and national meetings.
Cainas has co-authored several data analytics projects, two of which she received an Honorable Mention for the Bea Sanders/AICPA Teaching Innovation award (in 2019 and 2021) as well as the Jim Bulloch Innovations in Management Accounting Award (2020). She also co-authored a virtual escape room case for use in introductory managerial accounting and was awarded the Bea Sanders/AICPA Teaching Innovation award and the Jim Bulloch Innovations in Management Accounting award, both in 2021.
Cainas earned her Doctor of Business Administration (DBA) from the University of Florida. She received her Master of Accountancy and Bachelor of Arts degree in accounting from the University of South Florida. Prior to teaching at USF, Cainas was a practicing accountant working for several Fortune 500 companies, specializing in financial reporting and analysis.
Cainas enjoys spending time with her family and has three grown children. In her spare time, she enjoys walking, biking, and home renovation projects.