Darlene Serrato, PhD

Darlene Serrato


Office Address: HINTN 318
Phone: (281) 649-3457

Associate Professor of Accounting


  • BS in Math, University of Houston-Central
  • MBA, University of Houston-Central
  • PhD in Accounting, University of Houston-Central

Courses Taught

  • Principles of Accounting I (Introductory Financial)
  • Principles of Accounting II (Introductory Managerial)
  • Cost Accounting
  • Intermediate Accounting I
  • Intermediate Accounting II
  • Governmental & Nonprofit Accounting
  • Management Analysis (Graduate)

Teaching Focus

Dr. Serrato's teaching focus is on impressing upon students the need and usefulness of accounting as the language of business. Her area of specialization is in managerial/cost accounting.

Additional Information

Dr. Serrato's professional interests are in the area of managerial/cost accounting and in writing skills for business students.

While at HBU, Dr. Serrato has served on numerous university and college committees. At the university level, she has served as the chair of the Admissions Committee and of the Social Committee; and has been a member of Graduate Council, Professional Growth Committee, Athletic Committee, Library Committee, Human Subjects Committee and Opal Goolsby Outstanding Teaching Award Selection Committee. At the College level, Dr. Serrato has served as Chair of the Curriculum Committee for twelve years and been a member of the Scholarship Committee, Standards Committee, Advising Task Force, and several Faculty Search Committees.

Dr. Serrato served as the President of the Faculty Assembly in 1994-1995. She has received the following honors and awards at University of Houston-Clear Lake: Outstanding Full-Time Accounting Professor Award for 1983 and 1984. While at HBU she has received the following honors and awards: Outstanding Adviser Award, 1989-90; Faculty Woman of the Year, 1990; National Adviser Certificate of Merit Award, 1990; College of Business & Economics Bob Griswold Faculty Award, 1992; Who's Who Among College Teachers, 2000 and 2002; College of Business and Economics Outstanding Adviser Award, 2001; United Who's Who, 2002.

Dr. Serrato worked for eight years with Gulf Oil Corporation (which was later bought out by Chevron). Her first position was as a programmer on the accounting information system and then she moved into various accounting positions. She also taught at the University of Houston-Clear Lake for five years before joining the HBU faculty in 1987.

Dr. Serrato married her husband, Tony, in September, 1995. They have two children: Maggie born in September, 1996; and Anthony born in June, 1998. Dr. Serrato and her family spend a lot of time with her twin sister and her husband at a family ranch near their hometown of Weimar, Texas. They enjoy swimming, fishing, and riding horses in between working on the ranch.