2016 Management Accounting Section Meeting

Teaching Symposium

The 2016 MAS Teaching Symposium is open to both members and nonmember of the American Accounting Association and the Management Accounting Section. Registrants for the full MAS Mid-Year Meeting are welcome to attend any Symposium events. Click here for more details.

Saturday, January 9, 2016
8:30 am – 10:00 am

Session 1: The Role of Competency Integration in Career Advancement
Personal Development 1.5 CH
Speaker: Kellie Fischer, CFO of the Texas Rangers

Summary: Which competencies are important for success in accounting today? Gain perspective from practice as Kellie Fischer, the CFO of the Texas Rangers, shares her thoughts, insights, and experiences on the competencies needed to build a successful accounting career. She will share personal stories from her 16 years of working in the business of sports, facing financial challenges, and even managing a bankruptcy filing. She will also discuss her experiences of overseeing recent accounting graduates to seasoned accounting management personnel.


Session 2: Teaching Holistic Decision Making – Developing Habitual Competency Integration
Behavioral Ethics 1.5 CH
Speaker: Nathan Stuart, University of Wisconsin–Oshkosh

Summary: Managers’ work boils down to one task: allocating scarce resources. Making such decisions effectively requires integration of competencies from all components of the Joint Curriculum Task Force’s model, and can be a defining skill for career development. Developing this ability in our students is one of our most important responsibilities. In this session, I will present an approach for teaching decision analysis that requires enumeration of quantitative and qualitative dimensions of a decision and explicit consideration of the implied value of qualitative factors. I will also address the burden teaching competency integration places on us as educators and what it takes to meet the challenge.

2016 MAS Teaching Symposium.pdf

Associated file:
2016 MAS Teaching Symposium - Outsourcing Example Detail.pdf


10:00 am – 10:30 am Break
10:30 am – 12:00 pm      

Session 1: Integrating Character and Ethics into Managerial Accounting Curricula
Behavioral Ethics 1.5 CH
Speaker: Marty Stuebs, Baylor University

Summary: The Oracle of Omaha, Warren Buffet, is credited with emphasizing the importance of integrity and character development by saying, “In looking for people to hire, you look for three qualities: integrity, intelligence, and energy. And if they don’t have the first, the other two will kill you.” Yet, perhaps you can share my realization, after honest reflection, that most of my managerial accounting instructional efforts primarily focus on developing students’ intellectual competencies with, at best, only cursory attention given to professional character development and integrity. How could the development of intellectual competencies be substantively balanced with the development of professional character and integrity? This session will provide attendees with strategies, tools, resources, suggestions, and shared discussion for incorporating professional character, integrity and ethics development into balanced instructional efforts.

character and ethics in managerial accounting.ppt

Associated file:
Integrating Character and Ethics into Managerial Accounting Curricula.docx


Session 2: Data Analytics and Accounting – Integrating Analytical Thinking Skills and Technology into a Managerial Accounting Course
Statistics 1.5 CH
Speaker: Ann Dzuranin, Northern Illinois University

Summary: We all understand the importance of “Big Data” to the future of business and accounting. The challenge facing accounting educators is how to teach our students to analyze huge data sets in a manner that extracts value-added insights. In this session, I will discuss ways to integrate critical thinking and data analytic skills into topics, such as cost estimation, typically covered in managerial accounting courses. I will focus on examples designed for intermediate-level undergraduate courses but I will discuss ways to adapt them for graduate-level courses.

Critical Thinking and Data Analytics.pptx

Associated files:
City of Chicago_Employee Overtime and Supplemental pay_2012.xlsx
Tableau File: Tableau Example.twb - Right Click and Choose Save As…to download to your computer. Open the file using Tableau’s free software, which can be downloaded here: Tableau Software


12:00 pm – 1:30 pm Lunch
1:30 pm – 3:00 pm Session 1: Extending the Case Study to Simulations for a More Interactive Learning Experience
Accounting 1.5 CH
Speaker: Albie Brooks, University of Melbourne

Summary: Many of us use case-studies to facilitate the study of management accounting and control issues in an organizational context. In this session, we explore the use of an extension to the case study: digital-based simulations – as a vehicle to provide students with an enhanced learning experience. A digital based simulation posited in the Wine industry, centered on balanced scorecard construction and divisional-level decision making, will be used to demonstrate the benefits of a student experience using this pedagogical approach. Specific guidance will be provided as to how simulations can be used successfully in the classroom.

using simulations presentation 2016.ppt


Session 2: An Experiential Learning Exercise in Cost Accounting
Accounting 1.5 CH
Speaker: Monte Swain, Brigham Young University

Summary: Typically, students remember the process-costing topic as one of the most difficult. Increasingly, process costing as a topic is excluded from managerial and cost accounting courses. However, regardless of whether or not students will ever find themselves in a process-based manufacturing organization, this traditionally challenging topic can actually be used to let students discover for themselves that the flow of cost accounting makes sense. By letting students experience for themselves how process costing works, instructors can use the very first day of class (whether it be an undergraduate intro course or an MBA course) to create an energized foundation for the students’ learning across the rest of the course curriculum. Session attendees, by laying aside for a moment their expertise, will experience how their students can discover their own understanding of complicated cost topics, including balance sheet asset cost versus income statement expense, accounting for direct and indirect costs, allocating costs based on activity, and the effect of absorption costing on management behavior – all without a lecture or reading a single textbook chapter.

Paper Airplane Day.pptx

Associated files:
Using Paper Airplanes to Introduce Cost Accounting.pdf

3:00 pm – 3:30 pm Break
3:30 pm – 5:00 pm Improv Tools for the Sage on the Stage (How The Second City changed my class)
Communications 1.5 CH
Speaker: Tim West, Northern Illinois University

Summary: In 2009, Professor West was failing to connect with the students in his graduate class. In fact, he questioned whether he was simply burned out or his career was ending. After almost 20 years of successful teaching, he questioned what could be done to improve his performance and improve student engagement. He wanted students to think creatively, rely on each other and value their classes. In essence, he wanted them to care – about themselves, each other and Northern Illinois University. Out of desperation, he decided to call the Harvard of Imrov Comedy – The Second City. The Second City alumni are a who’s who of comedy and include Tina Fey, Amy Poehler, Stephen Colbert, Jimmy Fallon, Dan Aykroyd, Gilda Radner and John Belushi. Professor West’s workshop will provide hands-on demonstrations of how to use improve tools in your classes. The educational goals: (1) increase classroom engagement, (2) promote an “I’ve got your back” mentality, and (3) encourage critical thinking. Attendees will walk away with a dozen tools and techniques they can use immediately in their classes. WARNING: You need not be funny to attend!

2016 MAS Teaching Conference Tim West.pptx

Associated files:
Case Grading Rubric.xlsx
Spreadsheet Grading Template.xlsx
Writing Grading Rubric.xlsx


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