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American Accounting Association/J. Michael and Mary Anne Cook/Deloitte Foundation Prize

The American Accounting Association/J. Michael and Mary Anne Cook/Deloitte Foundation Prize is the foremost recognition of an individual who consistently demonstrates the attributes of a superior teacher in the discipline of accounting. The Prize will serve to recognize, inspire and motivate members to achieve the status of a superior teacher.

Each year up to three awards of $25,000 each can be made in the categories of graduate, undergraduate, and two-year accounting degree programs.

Award Winners for 2016

                    Billie M. Cunningham, Undergraduate       Markus Ahrens, Two-Year College         G. Peter Wilson, Graduate


Two-Year College
Markus Ahrens,
St. Louis Community College

“I strive to provide an active engaging learning environment for my students.  Teamwork and group activities are an integral part of my teaching philosophy…My goal is to develop my students into independent life-long learners.  The flipped classroom techniques that I incorporate into my classroom, as well as, the utilization of technology to engage students, results in my ability to meet my student’s learning needs…My teaching techniques are ever evolving and will continue to be tailored to create an engaging and effective learning environment tied closely to the Pathway’s Vision Model.”

“ My ultimate goal is to focus on student learning and engagement, resulting in my students developing a skillset that will help make them successful in the classroom and workplace.”


Undergraduate
Billie M. Cunningham,
University of Missouri

“I love people!  If through my teaching, I can make a small contribution to even one person’s success in life, the world will be a better place for that person, and perhaps for some of the people that person encounters…how I [will apply] this philosophy to my teaching practice will continue to evolve with each unique class of students, and as I learn more about teaching and learning.  Additionally, the domain of my teaching has grown from helping my students to also helping my fellow educators and contributing to our profession.”

“You are my favorite professor of all time. You brought your passion for teaching into every class, and it truly enhanced my experience.  I hope to get my PhD and teach someday, and you are a professor I can only hope to emulate.  Thanks for always caring.”  …A student


Graduate
G. Peter Wilson,
Boston College

“I aim to help students and others: (i) develop robust conceptual frameworks and apply them throughout their careers to navigate complexity and uncertainty; (ii) build relationship skills that promote effective and rewarding interactions with others; and (iii) gain a passion for life-long learning and strategies to learn on their own.…Students [can be viewed] as an orchestra and ourselves as caring composers and conductors.  Working together we make great music.  Moreover, this mindset helps them become highly effective managers in a knowledge economy.”

“I wouldn’t give a fig for the simplicity this side of complexity, but I’d give my life for simplicity on the far side of complexity.” ….Oliver Wendell Holmes


Award Winners for 2015

 
 

Joe Hoyle, Undergraduate

Tracie Miller-Nobles, Two-Year College

Mark Nelson, Graduate


Undergraduate
Joe Hoyle,
University of Richmond

"I divide my teaching into three distinct categories. First, I have an obligation to be the best teacher I can be for each student who enters my class…Second, I extend my teaching to as many students and accountants around the world…Third, I assist other teachers in their quest to become more successful…I stress the importance of making a 5% improvement each year…If every teacher improves at a 5% annual rate, the quality of teaching around our world will increase quickly and dramatically."

"He is active in the classroom, consistently bringing people into the learning experience. There’s really never a day that he isn’t upbeat and excited to be in the classroom. There’s a lot that can be learned from him." …A student


Two-Year College
Tracie Miller-Nobles,
Austin Community College

"I believe an outstanding teacher can best be described by the image of a triangle with a circle around it. The base represents knowledge and accounting pedagogy. One side represents communication and interaction with students-instructional innovation, student motivation, and the pursuit of learning opportunities for students. The other side balances the educator’s role and responsibilities to the larger profession and demonstrates to our students the value of belonging to the community of accountants. The circle surrounding the triangle is my classroom, with no one participant (educator or student) sitting in the center of the circle."


Graduate
Mark W. Nelson,
Cornell University

"My teaching metaphor is that I’m a personal trainer. My students hire me because of my expertise, so they aren’t in charge. Rather, they need to follow my program of somewhat painful exercises in order to get stronger and achieve their objectives. Yes, they will sweat and often be sore the next day, but it will all be worth it in the end, and I will make it as fun as possible along the way."

"Faculty can be effective teachers while also being effective at other important dimensions of their jobs, including maintaining an active research agenda and providing service to their school, the profession, and the AAA."

General Overview of the AAA/J. Michael and Mary Anne Cook/Deloitte Foundation Prize Process

  1. A Convener, a Representative of the Donor, and the members of the Selector panel are appointed each year by the Management Team of the AAA.
  2. A team of Nominators are chosen by the Selector panel from AAA Segment leader recommendations or appointed at-large to assure sufficient breadth and diversity of the nominee pool.
  3. Nominators are asked to nominate up to three nominees.
  4. Based upon the nominator nominations, Nominees are invited to apply for the award. 
  5. The Selection panel determines a prize winner for each category or at its discretion may chose not to make an award for a category in any one year.


2016-17 Convener:
Nancy Bagranoff, Dean, Robins School of Business, University of Virginia and Past President of AAA 

2016-17 Selector Committee:
Mike Diamond, University of Southern California
Peter Ewell, National Center for Higher Education Management Systems
Hubert Glover, Drexel University
Bill McCarthy, Michigan State University
Tracie Miller-Nobles, Austin Community College (2015 AAA/J. Michael and Mary Anne Cook/Deloitte Foundation Prize winner, Two-Year College Category)
Ira Solomon, Tulane University
Mary Stone, University of Alabama-Tuscaloosa
Susan Crosson, Emory University and AAA
Tracey Sutherland, American Accounting Association
Gary Previts, Case Western Reserve University
Kathy Shoztic, Deloitte Foundation

Eligibility for Award:

The AAA/J. Michael and Mary Anne Cook/Deloitte Foundation Prize is to honor current active faculty and is not for lifetime achievement or for retired or deceased faculty members.

Nominees must be a current full-time faculty member in an accounting program or school with established record of at least ten years of teaching.

Nominees must be a member in good standing of the American Accounting Association who is not currently serving on the Board of Directors.

If selected for the award, the Prize winners must agree to attend AAA Annual Meeting Award presentation in August.

If selected for the award, the Prize winners must agree to share their knowledge and approaches at various AAA venues and events, as available.

Nominees can only be nominated by the AAA/J. Michael and Mary Anne Cook/Deloitte Foundation Prize Nominators. 

General Guidance for AAA/J. Michael and Mary Anne Cook/Deloitte Foundation Prize Nominations

  1. A nominee must demonstrate a track record of significant achievement over at least ten years of teaching in higher education, and the promise for future contributions to the accounting education community—through their thought leadership in teaching and accounting education. 
  2. First and foremost, nominees must have exhibited consistent excellence in the delivery of accounting education.  Teaching excellence may have occurred in the traditional classroom, in an online environment, or in other learning environments.  Such excellence may be evidenced by student evaluations, peer reviews, materials developed for classroom use, or other evidence of excellence in direct teaching. 
  3. Not only must nominees be passionate, inspirational, innovative, and demand high standards in the classroom but the effects of their impact and generosity must also extend beyond the classroom as evidenced by their mentorship of others, their freely sharing of print-based or other media-based materials, and/or their willingness to take risks in their career to advance their and others’ excellence as a teacher.

 

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