Press Release



Jonathan B. Cox

James Schiavone

AICPA Announces Three Accounting Education Awards 

Winners Highlighted in New AICPA Curriculum Resource 
Published October 11, 2011

New York, (Oct. 11, 2011) – The American Institute of Certified Public Accountants today announced the 2011 recipients of three accounting curriculum awards. The annual awards are bestowed upon educators who demonstrate innovative teaching practices in one of three distinct educational 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, AICPA’s new curriculum tool. The Curriculum Resource offers accounting curricula specifically designed to encourage faculty and engage accounting students while furthering their knowledge of the profession. Access to the tool is limited to AICPA members.

“The curricula developed by these award winners will serve as the foundation on which many future CPAs will build their careers,” said Jeannie Patton, AICPA vice president, students, academics and membership. “The Accounting Professor’s Curriculum Resource is a great new opportunity to share this information with a wider audience of educators and ultimately maximize the benefit to students.”

The winner of the 2011 Bea Sanders/AICPA Innovation in Teaching Award for innovative teaching practices in the first sequence of accounting is Priscilla Wightman, MS, CPA, Chair, Department of Business Administration and Accounting at Hartwick College, Oneonta, NY. Wightman’s 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.

In recognition of her innovative teaching of  junior- and senior-level accounting courses, Karen Tabak is the recipient of the 2011George Krull/Grant Thornton Teaching Innovation Award. Tabak, who is the Associate Professor of Accounting and Economics at Maryville University in St. Louis, Missouri, won for her entry “From Pacioli to Picasso: Using Art to Enhance Critical Thinking in Accounting Capstone Course.It develops critical thinking skills and enhances students’ ability to ask effective questions through the use of name cards, picture drawing and classical art.

The winners of the 2011 Mark Chain/FSA Teaching Innovation Award for innovative graduate-level accounting teaching practices are Terry Campbell, Kelley School of Business at Indiana University – Bloomington; Paul M. Goldwater, University of Central Florida and David E. Stout, Youngstown State University. Their winning entry, “Modelling Uncertainty in C-V-P Assignments: Going Beyond the Basics!” was designed to offer graduate students the opportunity to rapidly develop insights about probabilistic model building and interpretation.

AICPA, The Federation of Schools of Accountancy and Grant Thornton will cover the winners’ travel expenses to the 2012 American Accounting Association annual meeting, which will provide them with the opportunity to present their curriculum in person and receive their awards.

“The AICPA would like to thank the FSA and Grant Thornton for their contributions, as well as the AAA for their efforts coordinating the sessions at their annual conference,” added Patton.

The award winners are selected by the Pre-certification Education Executive Committee of AICPA, which assists the academic community in preparing students with the core competencies needed for entry into the profession. More information about the AICPA educator awards, including submission criteria, can be found online.

About the AICPA

The American Institute of Certified Public Accountants (www.aicpa.org), founded in 1887, is the world’s largest association representing the accounting profession, with nearly 377,000 members in 128 countries.  AICPA members represent many areas of practice, including business and industry, public practice, government, education, and consulting; membership is also available to accounting students and CPA candidates. The AICPA sets ethical standards for the profession and U.S. auditing standards for audits of private companies, non-profit organizations, federal, state and local governments. It develops and grades the Uniform CPA Examination.

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