Two AAA members
-Anita S. Hollander and Anthony H. Catanach Jr.-were named
1999-2000 Pew Scholars by the Carnegie Foundation for the
Advancement of Teaching.
The purpose of the
Pew Scholars National Fellowship Program is to create a
community of scholars from various disciplines whose work will
advance the profession of teaching and deepen the learning of
Catanach will join 27 other Pew Scholars in June at the
Carnegie Foundation headquarters in Menlo Park, Calif., for a
12-day session addressing the issues and challenges in the
teaching of their fields. During the 1999-2000 academic year,
each scholar undertakes a project designed to contribute to
the body of knowledge and practice in his or her field. The
Pew Scholars will get together again for 12 days in June 2000
to share the results of their projects.
Hollander is Chapman
Professor of Business at the University of Tulsa and is
director of the School of Accounting and Management
Information Systems. She played an integral role in the
college's recent redesign of its degrees in accounting and
She developed the
Electronic Commerce cross discipline course at the TU.
marketing, management, accounting, finance, computer science,
computer information studies and management information
systems are accepted into the course," Hollander said. "Students
research weekly topics using a variety of resources. In class
techniques include class discussion and debate, invited
speakers from the professions, formal and informal student
presentations and technology-based demonstrations and
tutorials, which student groups often prepare and lead."
online communications infrastructure extensively, minimizing
She was named TU
Mortar Board Professor of the Year for 1997-1998 and won the
Dean's Innovation in Teaching Award in 1998. She is the
co-author of two books, Accounting, Information Technology and
Business Solutions, now in its second edition, and
Event-Driven Business Solutions: Today's Revolution in
Business and Information Technology.
An active member of
the AAA, she is past chair of the Membership Services and
Subscriptions Committee and has served on the finance and
nominating committees. She is past chair of the Information
Systems Section and currently serves on the Journal of
Information Systems Editorial Board.
Before joining the
University of Tulsa, Hollander taught at Florida State
University. A graduate of Grand Valley State College, she
earned her master's and Ph.D. degrees from the University of
Tennessee-Knoxville. Hollander was a financial systems analyst
for Bike Athletic Company, a subsidiary of Colgate-Palmolive
before pursuing her Ph.D.
Her Pew Project will
examine ways to transfer specialized discipline domain
knowledge to a variety of information processing environments
good at teaching our students the mechanics of traditional
accounting processes," Hollander explained. "I want
to teach accounting theory and rules from a business
perspective by teaching students to derive (GAAP and other)
financial reports from databases, rather than coupling the
teaching of accounting logic with debits, credits, journals
Catanach is an
assistant professor of accountancy at Villanova University.
Before joining Villanova last year, he taught at the
University of Virginia in Charlottesville for four years. In
1997 he and David Croll and Robert Grinaker received the
American Accounting Association Award for Innovation in
Accounting Education for the creative approach they developed
for teaching intermediate financial accounting at the
University of Virginia. During the two-semester course,
students learn about accounting issues by handling "real
world" problems as they arise in the first seven years of
a fictitious company's life. Students conduct analytical
reviews, solicit information, prepare correcting entries and
draft seven complete sets of financial statements for the
activity model, Catanach said, focuses on developing
analytical and conceptual thinking skills within an accounting
The goal of the
model is to give students the competencies they will need in
their work as accountants and consultants in the 21st Century.
curriculum seeks to achieve this goal by: (1) motivating
students for their chosen profession, (2) promoting technical
competency, (3) developing life-long research skills, (4)
advancing critical thinking, and (5) fostering communication
skill development," he said.
The University of
Virginia is currently using the business model and six other
universities plan to start using it in the fall.
"To date this
new approach has been evaluated principally using feedback
received from student course evaluations and presentations at
scholarly meetings, " Catanach said. He plans to develop,
test and implement an evaluation strategy for the model as his
Pew Scholars project.
Catanach has written
over 20 research, educational and practitioner publications
and has received several research awards from the AAA. He is
on the editorial boards of the Journal of International
Accounting, Auditing and Taxation and Advances in
Accounting Education: Teaching and Curriculum Innovations.
He has received several teaching awards from the University of
Virginia and Arizona State University.
He served on the
planning committee of the Ph.D. Project which encourages
minority business professionals to earn doctoral degrees and
pursue academic careers. He also serves on the National
Education Committee of the Institute of Management Accountants
and has led the development of Villanova University's new
Master of Science Degree in Information Management and
He has also served
as a manager for KPMG, president and CEO of several financial
services firms and a Marine Corps officer. He earned his
bachelor's and master's degrees from the University of New
Mexico and his Ph.D. from Arizona State University.
The Pew Scholars
National Fellowship Program is the first of three components
of the Carnegie Teaching Academy, a five-year, $6 million
project of the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of
Teaching. The project is a partnership with the Pew Charitable
Trusts and a collaboration with the American Association of
The AAA is matching
the $6,000 Pew stipend for Professors Hollander and Catanach.
Both Catanach and
Hollander said they were grateful to the AAA and their schools
for their support and encouragement for their Pew Scholar