2018 American Taxation Association Midyear Meeting

2018 ATA Teaching and Curriculum Conference

Preliminary Program


Support for the Teaching and Curriculum Conference from Deloitte is gratefully acknowledged.

Thursday, February 15, 2018
7:30 am – 8:30 am

Continental Breakfast
Note: Tenure-track faculty will be invited to a special mentor breakfast to hear from master teachers and researchers on how you become a master teacher without sacrificing your research time or agenda.

8:30 am – 9:30 am

Data Analytics in Today (and Tomorrow’s) Tax Practice
Our tax professionals will share with us specific “real world” examples of how data analytics are used in various areas of tax practice. Time will be spent on what staff one to five years out are currently working on as well as what staff are expected to be working on in the next 5 years.

9:30 am - 10:45 am

Data Analytics - Applications for the Classroom
Be prepared to bring your laptop and get your hands dirty! We will be working on case studies you can use in class and adapt to various class levels. If registered, you will receive instructions before the conference begins on how to install the free software needed to participate in this session and you will be ready to incorporate data analytics into your classes when you return to campus.

10:45 am – 11:00 am


11:00 am – 12:00 pm

The Gamification Craze: What is it and How Can I Use it in My Tax Class?
Gamification is a framework for maintaining student engagement and is being used throughout higher education to enhance learning. We will learn some of the theoretical framework and how some firms are building it into their training programs. Additionally, we will learn the steps of how to build it into a college level course.

12:00 pm – 12:30 pm

Brainstorming: Roundtable Discussions on Gamification
Since we currently do not have any examples of how people use gamification in a tax class we want to take what we learn and brainstorm in small groups how it could be applied into various tax courses. Each table will have some ideas to get the discussion rolling and a scribe to take note of the ideas. After the conference every participant will receive a list of all the ideas generated from all the tables.

12:30 pm – 2:00 pm

Update on International Tax Issue: What are the Essentials?
This session will highlight the most common international issues plaguing taxpayers today. What’s changing and what are the IRS and foreign authorities focusing on? In this vast area, what do we need to know to share with our students?

2:00 pm – 3:00 pm

1.01 How do I incorporate International Tax into an Introductory Level Course?
What do the firms expect your students to know about International tax issues? What should you sacrifice in your curriculum to cover it? We will provide assignments you can use that will not overwhelm you or your students but get them prepared to the knowledge level they are expected to have when they begin their internship or full time position.
1.02 Why International Tax is NOT just an MST Elective
This session will discuss the importance of international tax issues in all of your MST courses not just the international class. We will share case studies that can be used in various MST courses that highlight the ever growing importance of teaching your student international tax issues.

3:00 pm – 3:15 pm



3:15 pm - 4:15 pm

2.01 How to Incorporate Writing Into Your Tax Course…and Have your Students Thank You For It!
This session will focus on overcoming the challenges of incorporating writing into your tax course. We will share tips for convincing students that writing is important for a career in tax or accounting, and provide resources to help students improve their writing. We will discuss the development of effective writing assignments and share multiple examples of those assignments, along with efficient grading rubrics.
2.02 Incorporating Ethics Throughout Your Tax Courses.
With more accrediting bodies expecting ethics to be represented across the business curriculum, many tax instructors are facing pressure to incorporate ethics in tax courses. This session will provide resources for introducing and incorporating ethics into introductory and advanced tax classes.

4:30 pm – 5:30 pm

Learn from Master Teachers: Applying Effective Teaching Theory to Tax Classes
Learn effective teaching techniques from our premier ATA instructors. A PhD. in Education Theory will provide the most effective teaching techniques and Shelley Rhoades-Catanach and Tim Rupert will share how they specifically use them in their course.

6:00 pm – 7:00 pm


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