2018 Western Region Meeting



Anne L. Christensen, AAA President, Montana State University-Bozeman
Plenary Speaker, Saturday, April 14, 8:20 am - 8:50 am
Pathways to a Sustainable Future

Anne L. Christensen, professor of accounting, earned a MBA and a Ph.D. in accounting from the University of Utah. She also holds a B.S. in psychology and a M.Ed. in counseling from Brigham Young University. Prior to joining Montana State University's Jake Jabs College of Business & Entrepreneurship (JJCBE) faculty in 2002, she taught at Portland State University for 13 years.

Christensen teaches undergraduate and graduate tax courses in the accounting option. She is the director of the Master of Professional Accountancy Program. She is also the director of the Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) program at MSU where she trains and supervises students in the preparation of tax returns for low income individuals. She is the past president of the American Taxation Association, a group of approximately 800 tax professors and professionals from throughout the world dedicated to improving tax education and fostering tax research. Her research has been published in journals such as The Journal of the American Taxation Association, Issues in Accounting Education, and The Tax Adviser. She is the current President (2017-2018) of the American Accounting Association.


Billie M. Cunningham, University of Missouri's School of Accountancy
Plenary Speaker, Friday, April 13, 9:15 am - 10:15 am
Well, THAT Didn't Work. How Purposeful, Systematic and Continuous Improvement Has Kept Me from Throwing the Baby Out with the Bathwater (and other ways it has affected my teaching): Perspectives on Effective Teaching

Billie M. Cunningham is the EY Teaching Scholar and a Teaching Professor at the University of Missouri’s School of Accountancy. She holds a B.B.A., M.B.A., and Ph.D. from the University of North Texas. Cunningham has taught more than 24,000 students in the undergraduate introductory accounting courses and the M.B.A. accounting course. She has received numerous awards in recognition of her teaching including most recently, the 2016 American Accounting Association/J. Michael and Mary Anne Cook / Deloitte Foundation Prize and, at the University of Missouri, the 2017 William T. Kemper Fellowship for Teaching Excellence. She is a co-author of Accounting Information for Business Decisions. Cunningham’s research studies effective ways to help students develop their critical thinking skills and how to use action research as a systematic, evidence-based means of measuring the effectiveness of one’s teaching strategies and classroom environment. Her research has been recognized with awards from the TYC and TLC Sections. Cunningham has served as President of both the TYC and TLC Sections, and as AAA Vice-President Academic She has served on the AICPA Pre-Certification Education Executive Committee and as President of the Missouri Association of Accounting Educators. She serves on editorial boards of IAE and AEI, and is the current CTLA Co-Chair.

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