2018 Southeast Region Meeting


Markus Ahrens, St. Louis Community College-Meramec
Plenary Speaker, Friday, April 20, 9:15 am – 10:15 am
Strive to be the Best Teacher that You Can Be - Perspectives on Effective Teaching

Markus Ahrens joined the Accounting & Legal Studies Department at St. Louis Community College-Meramec in 2001 and currently serves as the department chair. Prior to his teaching career, he worked as an accountant for 15 years.

Markus has received national awards for his teaching and his innovation in the classroom, including most recently, the 2016 American Accounting Association / J. Michael and Mary Anne Cook / Deloitte Foundation Prize. In addition, Markus is the proud recipient of the AICPA Bea Sanders Innovation Award in Teaching Introductory Accounting Courses and the Innovation of the Year awarded by the League for Innovation. His primary research interests are experiential learning in accounting education and student engagement utilizing technology.  Also, Markus co-founded, a free website dedicated to providing educators with up-to-date teaching and learning resources “where technology connects with pedagogy to raise the learning bar.”

Currently, Markus serves on the Board of Directors for the Missouri Society of CPA’s, is a Trustee for the MSCPA Education Foundation Board and is a past Trustee for the for American Institute of Certified Public Accountants (AICPA) Foundation Board.  In addition, Markus is the Council Chair for the American Accounting Association. Markus served as the 2014-2016 President for the Two-Year Section of the American Accounting Association and is the past-chair for the Conference on Teaching and Learning in Accounting.  Furthermore, Markus serves on the AICPA Pre-Certification Education Executive Committee. In 2010, Markus served as president for the Missouri Association of Accounting Educators.  Markus is a member of the Teachers of Accounting at Two-Year Colleges, Institute of Management Accountants and the Association of Experiential Education organizations.


David Burgstahler, AAA Board Past President, Julius A. Roller Professor of Accounting at the University of Washington
Plenary Speaker, Saturday, April 21, 8:20 am – 8:50 am
Pathways to a Sustainable Future

David Burgstahler is the current Past-President of the American Accounting Association, and is the Julius A. Roller Professor of Accounting at the University of Washington. David has taught at the University of Washington since 1981, where he previously served as Acting Dean in the School of Business and Associate Dean for Masters Programs and Executive Education. He earned his Ph.D. from The University of Iowa. David has published widely in peer-reviewed journals including The Accounting Review, Auditing: A Journal of Practice & Theory, Issues in Accounting Education, and Contemporary Accounting Research. He is currently an Editor of The Accounting Review, serves on the Editorial Board of Journal of Governmental and Nonprofit Accounting, and served as Associate Editor (1997-2000) and Editorial Board Member (2000-04) of Accounting Horizons, The Accounting Review (1983-86) and (1992-2003), Auditing: A Journal of Practice & Theory (multiple years) and on the Editorial Board of several other peer-reviewed journals.

David has over thirty years experience teaching, has served on over fifty Ph.D. Supervisory Committees, thirty Doctoral Dissertation Reading Committees, and has presented his research at over sixty-five conferences.  He has received numerous awards for teaching excellence and is the recipient of the University of Washington’s Schoeller Senior Fellow (2014-15), AAA’s Notable Contributions to Accounting Literature Award (2002), Beta Alpha Psi Professor of the Year (multiple years) and has been awarded numerous faculty fellowships and research grants.


Wayne Thomas
Plenary Speaker, Friday, April 20, 8:10 am – 9:05 am

Engaging Students in Financial Accounting Courses

Wayne Thomas earned his undergraduate degree at Southwestern Oklahoma State University and his Master’s and PhD in accounting from Oklahoma State University in 1996. He currently teaches financial accounting and intermediate accounting at the University of Oklahoma.

He co-authors Intermediate Accounting 9e with David Spiceland and Mark Nelson (McGraw-Hill). He also co-authors Financial Accounting 4e with David Spiceland and Don Herrmann (McGraw-Hill).

His research focuses on financial accounting issues related to the impact of reporting and disclosure practices on capital market participants. He previously served as an Editor for The Accounting Review.

Most of all, he enjoys spending time with his wife Julee and four kids, Olivia, Jake, Eli and Luke.

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