Awards and Nominations
Recipient, Council of Fellows Excellence in Teaching Award, Penn State Behrend, 2010/11
Nominee, Penn State University Excellence in Teaching Award, Fall 2009
The job of every educator is that of a teacher. Higher education provides one primary service to its students - to educate them to the best of its ability. If our focus is predominantly research, then we are not doing our job of educating our students. Too many students pay top dollar to be educated by graduate assistants or those who lack real-world experience. A proper balance between teaching, research, and service is vital for each faculty member to grow and prosper in our dynamic society. This balance also provides our students with an appropriate educational experience. Without faculty research, continuing education, and real-world experience, we risk becoming stale and bored with the courses we teach. This is a disservice to our students. Without teaching, we risk becoming too engulfed in our own self-satisfaction and lack the preparatory care necessary to conduct a vibrant class. Thus, to maintain a sense of "current-ness" we must maintain an appropriate balance of teaching, research, and continuing education. In addition, it is necessary to maintain relationships within the profession in general, through interaction with CPA firms, businesses, former clients, colleagues, and alumni.
Each semester the fresh faces and former alike that wait to be motivated to learn should rejuvenate all faculty members. Each new semester rejuvenates me. Part of our job is to help students learn. However, more importantly, a majority of our classroom conduct is to help motivate students to learn. With motivation comes action. With action comes learning. With learning comes the result of our efforts - the future leaders of our communities, businesses, industries, and countries.
I consider myself an educator. Therefore, my job each and every day is to motivate my students to learn to put forth their best effort. In addition, I have the responsibilities of timeliness, preparedness, attentiveness, and giving my best effort each and every class. To do this appropriately, I must first be a teacher, and then compliment my teaching with research and service.
Courses Taught *
ACCTG 211: Financial and Managerial Accounting for Decision Making
ACCTG 340: Cost Accounting
ACCTG 371: Intermediate Accounting I
B ADM 501: Costs, Competition, and Marketing Performance
B ADM 510: Cost Management for Decision Making and Control
* Syllabi are only available online for four semesters. Visit the Sam and Irene Black School of Business for copies of others.