Innovative teaching practices earn educators accounting-curriculum awards

The AICPA awarded three 2012 accounting curriculum awards to educators who demonstrate innovative teaching practices. The awards, recipients, and winning curricula submissions are:

Bea Sanders/AICPA Innovation in Teaching Award for the first sequence of accounting: Kay Poston, professor of accounting at Francis Marion University in Florence, S.C., and John Waters, assistant professor of accounting at the University of Indianapolis, for “A FASB Accounting Standards Codification Project for Introductory Financial Accounting,” which introduces the codification to both majors and nonmajors in the first accounting course.

George Krull/Grant Thornton Teaching Innovation Award for junior- and senior-level accounting courses: Marsha Huber, associate professor of accounting at Youngstown State University, Ohio, for “Out of the Box Learning for Tax Class: Students Create Models, Pamphlets, and a Shoebox Case,” an action-based learning approach in which students exercise creativity, analysis, and evaluation skills as they work on assignments

Mark Chain/FSA Teaching Innovation Award for graduate- level accounting teaching practices: Kelly Pope, associate professor in the School of Accountancy and MIS at DePaul University, Chicago, for “Crossing the Line: Ordinary People Committing Extraordinary Crimes,” a digital-media project that includes a one-hour documentary and 30-minute teaching modules covering fraud topics such as revenue recognition, financial statement fraud, whistleblowing, and insider trading.

The winning curricula will become part of the AICPA’s Accounting Professors’ Curriculum Resource, a tool designed to encourage faculty and engage accounting students while learning about the profession. The tool is available to AICPA members at


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