The Accounting Educator
The Newsletter of the Teaching and Curriculum Section
A Message from the Chair
Donald E. Wygal, Rider University
I am pleased to write this first message to you as Chair of the Teaching and Curriculum Section. To start, let me thank Jim Rebele for his hard work and dedication over the past year as he served in the Chair's role. It is clear that Jim cares very much for the Section and he has done an effective job of raising our collective sensitivities to important emerging issues. I want to wish Jim well also as he assumes responsibilities in the coming year at Santa Clara University.
I am excited and gratified by the number of colleagues in the Section who have agreed to take leadership roles in moving us forward. It is my hope that we will find ways to tap into the talents of an increasing number of our members in the year(s) ahead. In short, the Executive Committee hopes to involve our members in standing committee and regional efforts. We also want to be responsive to your needs, so please let us know of your interest in serving and your concerns for the future.
One important way for us to be in touch promises to be in the development of the T&C website. Dasaratha Rama, now at Texas A&M International, has agreed to be our Webmaster. She has contributed an overview of some of her plans for the site in another part of this Newsletter. It is obvious to me that we are very fortunate to be able to draw upon her skills. The Executive Committee met in October to make further suggestions on site design and development. These should be up and running soon.
Use of the website will help us to provide you with timely information on committee updates and activities in the regions. Hopefully, we can use this Newsletter (which is prepared periodically) to alert you to the benefits of being connected to us in an ongoing basis via the website.
For now, I want to call your attention to three new committees that have been formed and to identify some preliminary initiatives of the Executive Committee. In future issues of the Newsletter, I will profile the work of other committees and regional activities.
The committee will be exploring ways to provide for the sharing of such experiences. An initial focus could be on developing mechanisms at regional meetings to link selected senior faculty with their colleagues. While younger faculty may be a logical target audience for these activities, it seems to me that the Shared Experiences Committee could add value to members at any career stage. If you have suggestions, or want to get involved personally, please contact Paul Solomon.
T&C.com should prove to be a useful tool, enabling us to better understand the "big picture" regarding cyberspace. As you know, we continue to benefit from the works of another standing committee, Electronic Technology and Media, chaired by David Spiceland. David's group has maintained a focus primarily on how academics are employing technology to further educational program objectives.
To me, these two committees could be rather like the "heads" and "tails" of the same coin. The work of each group promises to be helpful to our members, but can be even more so if "heads and tails" are aware of each other's existence. I am happy to report that Skip White has agreed to serve on both committees, assuring that advances in each group will be known by the other.
Regional Meetings and Section
Concerning regional meetings, we are working to support their development so that the Teaching and Curriculum components of the programs will be quite attractive to our members. At the same time, we have begun to identify initiatives that will focus on the distinctive strengths of our members and on ways to develop new activities to address emerging issues. The regional meetings show promise as logical places to attempt these activities.
The Executive Committee shares a common view that regional meetings can be excellent platforms for our members to display their talents. We intend to work closely with the Regional Directors (with Bill at the point) to be responsive to member needs in each area. We encourage all of our members to participate in these events. Remember that our ability to have regular paper presentations is enhanced by higher levels of T&C works submitted. Participation can include also your willingness to review papers, to serve as discussant or session leader or to attend the meeting and interact with other members.
To provide some support and recognition for your efforts, the Executive Committee has instituted a "Best Teaching and Curriculum Paper Award" at each of the regional meetings. This award will include both a cash prize and formal recognition at the meeting, on our website, and in the Newsletter.
As our presence is enhanced at regional meetings, we will be exploring ways to further promote our distinctive qualities as teacher/scholars. While our planning at this point is only preliminary, we are exploring ways to develop Teaching and Curriculum events in conjunction with (probably prior to) regional or annual meetings. The intent will be to provide more opportunities for our members to develop professionally and to create dialogue on emerging issues. I hope to be able to share more with you in the next Newsletter. In the meantime, please let us know your ideas.