Accounting education awards recognize innovative teaching practices

The Institute honored college educators with three awards for their accounting curricula. Annual awards are given to educators who demonstrate innovative teaching practices in one of three distinct education levels: in the first sequence of accounting; junior- and senior-level accounting courses; and at the graduate level.

The winners’ curricula, along with those of past winners, are included as part of the Accounting Professors’ Curriculum Resource, an AICPA member tool for accounting students and faculty.

Priscilla Wightman, chair of the Department of Business Administration & Accounting at Hartwick College in Oneonta, N.Y., received the Bea Sanders/AICPA Innovation in Teaching Award for the first sequence of accounting. Her submission, “$Chocolate$: Accounting as a First Year Seminar,” introduced the topic of accounting by exploring the financial performance of the world’s largest chocolate producers.

Karen Tabak, associate professor of accounting at Maryville University in St. Louis, received the George Krull/Grant Thornton Teaching Innovation Award, for recognition of her juniorand senior-level accounting courses. Her entry, “From Pacioli to Picasso: Using Art to Enhance Critical Thinking in Accounting Capstone Course,” was designed to help develop critical thinking skills and enhance students’ ability to ask effective questions through the use of name cards, drawing and classical art.

Terry Campbell, of Indiana University–Bloomington; Paul M. Goldwater, of the University of Central Florida; and David E. Stout, of Youngstown State University, received the Mark Chain/FSA Teaching Innovation Award for graduate-level accounting teaching practices. Their submission, “Modelling Uncertainty in C-V-P Assignments: Going Beyond the Basics!,” was designed to offer graduate students the opportunity to develop insights about probabilistic model building and interpretation.

The AICPA, the Federation of Schools of Accountancy and Grant Thornton will fund the winners’ travel expenses to the 2012 American Accounting Association annual meeting, where the winners will receive their awards and present their curricula in person.

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