MESSAGE FROM THE PRESIDENT
Dear TLC Members:
A new academic year has begun following another fantastic AAA Annual meeting. The meeting included 26 TLC sessions and a fun and informative WOW event. The WOW event’s theme was "Measuring What Matters: Accounting for a Sustainable Future” and was held at the Georgia Aquarium. The speakers provided great insight into sustainability practices and accounting. Ron Jarvis, the Vice President of Merchandising & Environmental Innovation at Home Depot, discussed the events that led Home Depot to implement corporate practices offering “sustainable” products and using suppliers that support green manufacturing practices. Katherine Blue, Managing Director of Climate Change & Sustainability at KPMG, spoke about how she advises clients on implementing sustainability strategies. Ms. Blue talked about the importance of the accountant’s role in recognizing the challenges of climate change and its economic impact. After enjoying the dinner buffet and speakers, the attendees had the opportunity to explore the aquarium. I am sure all the attendees will join me in thanking KPMG for sponsoring the WOW event and Susan Crosson, Cathy Scott and David DeBoskey for their work in making the TLC offerings at the annual meeting a success.
In addition, at the TLC breakfast business meeting, Susan Crosson awarded David Boynton the “World of Difference” Award for all he does to help our section. Billie Cunningham, chair of the Awards committee, announced this year’s award winners. The Accounting Educator includes more information about the awards.
- Carol Springer Sargent won the Outstanding Research Award (sponsored by EY Foundation) for her paper entitled “Find it, Fix it, and Thrive: The Impact of Insisting on Proficiency in Prerequisite Knowledge in Intermediate Accounting” published in Issues in Accounting Education, 2013.
- David Stout also won the Outstanding Research Award (sponsored by EY Foundation) for his paper entitled “Pack & Go Delivery Service: A Multi Component Cost Volume Profit (CVP) Learning Resource” published in Accounting Education: An International Journal, 2014. David Stout graciously contributed the monetary portion of the award to the AAA Service Project that donates backpacks to local school children.
- Cathleen Burns won the Hall of Honor Award (sponsored by KPMG Foundation) for her service to the section, particularly for her leadership of the WOW Events.
Many of the TLC events, such as the WOW event and the TLC webinars, are outcomes of the 2010 TLC strategic plan developed under Bob Allen’s leadership. Now as the AAA enters its 100th year and begins to implement the Sharpening Our Vision strategy (www.sharpeningourvision.org), it seems like an appropriate time for our section to review and update our strategic plan. Susan Crosson will chair the Strategic Planning Review Task Force. Some of the things the task force will review are the committee structure, the sections role as the AAA evolves, and additional ways to provide services to section members.
The TLC has many volunteers that help coordinate sessions at the annual meeting and region meetings, particularly the Pilot Regions. In addition, this year for the first time, we are co-sponsoring a session at the Management Accounting Section’s (MAS) midyear meeting. The MAS section has added a Teaching Symposium. As the section becomes more involved in region and possibly section meetings, we need to consider the services we are providing. Therefore, a Region Liaison Task Force, chaired by Carol Hartley has been formed. The task force will look at the role TLC liaisons play in segment meetings and develop best practices for providing assistance to region programs, and a process for evaluating and awarding the Regional Best TLC Paper Award (sponsored by E&Y).
Are you interested in being more active in the TLC section? If you do not wish to volunteer for a TLC committee, you can still support TLC section by being part of TLC sessions at the annual and region meetings. Consider being involved in meetings by submitting your Effective Learning Strategy and panel ideas, as well as research papers. If you do not enjoy presenting to an entire room, the ELS sessions are a great way to share your teaching strategies and education innovations. Personally, I enjoy the one-to-one interaction with the ELS poster presenters that occur during the Friday night reception at the region meetings and the ELS sessions at the annual meeting. The submission deadlines for the Annual meeting are January 7, 2015 for concurrent session and April 6, 2015 for ELS sessions. The spring pilot region meetings’ deadline is January 14, 2015.
Ice Cream Social Break
When attending region meetings, participate as a TLC section member and promote our section at the “ice cream” breaks. During the break and at the evening reception, join the TLC region liaisons in welcoming new members.
Again this spring we will offer at least two TLC webinars. Watch for an email announcing the webinars.
Thank you for supporting the TLC section. I hope to see you at region meetings and online as participants in the webinars. And, thank you for supporting the TLC section.
Gail Hoover King
TLC Section President
Purdue University Calumet