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2017 Teaching, Learning and Curriculum Section Colloquium

Markus Ahrens, St. Louis Community College 
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.  

Allen B. Blay, Ph.D., Florida State University

Professor Blay serves as director of the accounting doctoral program. He is a CPA with a background in auditing financial institutions and teaches Auditing at both the graduate and undergraduate level. He also teaches a doctoral seminar in auditing research. Professor Blay has been nominated for both graduate and undergraduate university teaching awards and was named the 2014 Beta Alpha Psi Accounting Professor of the Year. Professor Blay serves on the American Accounting Association’s Audit Education Committee, and from 2012-2015 sat on the AICPA’s Auditing and Attestation Subcommittee, which is responsible for the content of the Auditing section of the CPA exam. He is a co-author on the Louwers, et al. Auditing and Assurance Services textbook and has also written a white paper for professors on introducing data analytics in the auditing classroom.




Thomas G. Calderon
Thomas G. Calderon is Professor of Accounting and Chair of the George W. Daverio School of Accountancy at The University of Akron. He has served as Chair since 2005 and recently completed a two-year term (2014 - 2016) as Chair of The University of Akron’s caucus of department chairs and school directors.

Professor Calderon joined The University of Akron in 1988 after spending two years on the faculty at the University of New Orleans (1986 – 88). His PhD is from Virginia Tech. He is a co-author of four monographs related to teaching and learning. He recently published a book chapter on academic program review and evaluation as part of an international project that examined accounting and management education across the globe. His publications in the area of accounting education have appeared in Journal of Accounting Education, Issues in Accounting Education, Accounting Educators Journal, and Advances in Accounting Education.

He serves on the editorial board of four academic and professional journals. Recently he served as part of a team of scholars (led by Professor Richard Arum, current Dean of the School of Education at UC Irvine) that worked on a National Social Science Research Council project to identify, measure and assess learning goals for business and accounting degree programs. He was named as editor of Advances in Accounting Education in May 2017.

Professor Calderon is a past president of (1) the Teaching, Learning & Curriculum (TLC) Section of the American Accounting Association (AAA); (2) AAA Ohio Region, and (3) Institute of Management Accountants (Akron Chapter). He has served as an external examiner and program reviewer for various universities in the US and internationally.

Professor Calderon was inducted into the TLC’s Hall of Honor in 2010 and was honored as the Outstanding Ohio Accounting Educator in 2006 by the AAA (Ohio Region) and the Ohio Society of Certified Public Accountants. He received the Ohio AAA President’s Award in 2011 for his lifetime of exemplary service and leadership.


Natalie T. Churyk, Northern Illinois University

Natalie T. Churyk, PhD, CPA is the William F. Doyle Endowed Professor of Accountancy at Northern Illinois University (NIU) and the Editor-in-Chief of the Journal of Accounting Education. She joined NIU in 2001 after her doctoral studies and now teaches exclusively in NIU’s M.A.S. program. She developed and delivered continuing professional education in NIU’s CPA Review program until its closure in 2015.  Significant service includes:President, AAA TLC (2016- present); Vice-President, AAA TLC 2014-2016; Past President of the AAA Midwest Region (prior acting President and Vice president); Treasurer of AAA TLC (2009 – 2013); Chair/Co-Chair – the TLC, FIA, and Midwest sections/region Membership Acquisition and Retention committees over the periods 2008-2012; and various other committee member appointments Her research contributes to topics in financial reporting, fraud/ethics and education.  She has over 100 conference presentations and has amassed over 40 publications in professional and academic journals and she is a co-author on three textbooks, Accounting and Auditing Research: Tools and Strategies, Mastering the FASB’s Codification and eIFRS: A Case Approach, and Accounting & Auditing Research and Databases: Practitioner’s Desk Reference.


Dale L. Flesher, University of Mississippi

Dale L. Flesher is a Professor in the Patterson School of Accountancy at the University of Mississippi and holds the Roland & Sheryl Burns Chair in Accounting; he also serves as associate dean of the School of Accountancy.  He received both bachelors and masters degrees from Ball State University.  He holds a Ph.D. in accounting from the University of Cincinnati.  Dr. Flesher holds CPA, CGMA, CIA, CMA, CFM, CGFM, and CFE certificates.  He has authored over 400 articles for more than 100 professional journals throughout the world, including The Accounting Review, Journal of Accountancy, Management Accounting, Internal Auditing, Internal Auditor, The CPA Journal, Government Accountants Journal, Managerial Auditing Journal, Taxation for Accountants, TAXES, The Accounting Historians Journal, Accounting and Business Research, and Accounting, Organizations and Society.  He is also the author of 50 books (in 91 editions),

Dr. Flesher is a member of many professional organizations, including the American Institute of CPAs, Mississippi Society of CPAs, American Taxation Association, Institute of Internal Auditors, Association of Government Accountants, Institute of Management Accountants, American Accounting Association (formerly vice president), Association of Certified Fraud Examiners, and the Academy of Accounting Historians (which he served as international president in 1988).  He is a past president of AAA’s Teaching, Learning & Curriculum (TLC) Section.  Dr. Flesher has served as editor of The Accounting Historians Journal, a position he held from 1989 through 1994.  He previously edited The Accounting Historians Notebook for ten years and he is now the Associate Editor of the Journal of Accounting Education. He is currently a member of the AAA Council as the representative of the Academy of Accounting Historians.



Tim J. Fogarty, Case Western Reserve University

Timothy J. Fogarty is a professor in the accountancy department at the Weatherhead School of Management, Case Western Reserve University. He is also the Thomas Dickerson Faculty Fellow at that school. He has published over two hundred fifty articles on a wide variety of topics, in both academic and practitioner journals. His research interests include accounting education, the sociology of business organizations, and the regulation of professionals. He serves on the editorial boards of over twenty journals, including several outside the U.S.  He has served in several capacities at the national level for the American Accounting Association, and currently is Vice President – Education for that organization. He has worked on research projects for the Financial Executives Research Foundations and on educational matters for the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants. He also has been involved with the accreditation of business schools. At Case Western, he previously served as department chair and associate dean, teaches across the curriculum, and has served in several University-level capacities. He has been an attorney for over forty years and a CPA for over thirty-five years.




Bonnie K. Klamm, North Dakota State University

Bonnie K. Klamm is a professor of accounting in the Department of Accounting, Finance and Information Systems at North Dakota State University.  She teaches courses in accounting information systems, financial statement analysis, and accounting principles.  Her publication outlets include Journal of Accounting Education, Accounting Horizons, Journal of Information Systems, Journal of Corporate Finance, Research in Accounting Regulations, Strategic Finance, and The CPA Journal.


Marco Lam, Western Carolina University

Marco Lam is the incoming editor of Global Perspectives on Accounting Education. Marco is an Associate Professor of Accounting at Western Carolina University where he teaches Managerial and Financial Accounting. His research focus is on the use of accounting information for decision making.


Mark J. Kohlbeck, Florida Atlantic University

Professor Kohlbeck’s area of expertise is financial accounting and reporting. Previously, he was an auditor and management consultant for Deloitte & Touché in Dallas and Milwaukee. His professional experience includes restructuring troubled financial institutions, mergers and acquisitions, and litigation support. Professor Kohlbeck’s research interests include accounting disclosures, accounting choice, informativeness of financial statements, banking regulation and financial institutions, and audit markets. His work has been published in several top accounting journals, such as Journal of Accounting, Auditing & Finance, Accounting Horizons, Auditing: A Journal of Practice & Theory, Contemporary Accounting Research, Journal of Management Accounting Research, and Advances in Accounting.


Tracy Manly, University of Tulsa

Tracy Manly has received both the Outstanding Accounting Educator by the Oklahoma Society of CPAs, and the Innovation in Teaching Learning Award from the Oklahoma Higher Education Teaching and Learning Conference. On campus, she has been recognized as the University of Tulsa Outstanding Teacher, Lewis Duncan Outstanding Advisor, and recipient of the Mayo Teaching Excellence Award from the Collins College of Business. Her dissertation received the Outstanding Doctoral Dissertation Award from the International Section of the American Accounting Association. Her research is published in the Journal of the American Taxation Association, Journal of Business Finance and Accounting, Issues in Accounting Education, and Journal of Business Ethics. A Certified Public Accountant, Manly belongs to the American Accounting Association.




Brenda Mattison, Tri-County Technical College
Brenda Mattison has a bachelor’s degree in education and a master’s degree in accounting, both from Clemson University. She is currently an Accounting Instructor at Tri-County Technical College in Pendleton, South Carolina. Brenda previously served as Accounting Program Coordinator at TCTC and has prior experience teaching accounting at Robeson Community College, Lumberton, NC; University of South Carolina Upstate, Spartanburg, SC; and Rasmussen Business College, Eagan, MN.  She also has accounting work experience in retail and manufacturing businesses and is a Certified Management Accountant.

Brenda is a co-author of Horngren’s Accounting and Horngren’s Financial and Managerial Accounting textbooks (Pearson). Brenda is a member of the American Accounting Association, Institute of Management Accountants, South Carolina Technical Education Association, and Teachers of Accounting at Two Year Colleges. She is currently serving on the Board of Directors as Vice President of Conference Administration of Teachers of Accounting at Two Year Colleges. She has presented at state, regional, and national conferences on topics including active learning, course development, and student engagement.

In her spare time, Brenda enjoys reading and spending time with her family. She is also an active volunteer in the community, serving her church and other organizations.



Tracie L. Miller-Nobles, Austin Community College

Tracie L. Miller-Nobles, CPA, received her master’s degree in accounting from Texas A&M University and is working on her doctoral degree in Adult Education also from Texas A&M University. She is an Associate Professor at Austin Community College. Previously she was a Senior Lecturer at Texas State University and has taught as an adjunct at University of Texas-Austin. Professor Miller is an author of Horngren's Accounting textbook. She has public accounting experience with Deloitte Tax LLP.

Tracie is a recipient of the American Accounting Association J. Michael and Mary Ann Cook award, Texas Society of CPAs Rising Star award, TSCPAs Outstanding Accounting Educator, TSCPAs Austin Chapter CPA of the Year, and NISOD Teaching Excellence award. She is currently serving on the Board of Directors as secretary/webmaster of Teachers of Accounting at Two Year Colleges. Tracie also serves on the Board of Directors for the American Accounting Association serving as Director-Focusing on Membership. She is an active member of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants financial literacy committee. In addition, she served on the Pathway’s Commission on Accounting Higher Education.



Alan Reinstein, Wayne State University

Dr. Alan Reinstein, CPA is the George R. Husband Professor of Accounting, Mike Ilitch School of Business at Wayne State University.  He earned a BA and MS (in Mathematics) from the State University of New York (New Paltz), an MBA from the University of Detroit, and a Doctorate in Business Administration (in Accounting) from the University of Kentucky.  Alan conducts seminars for the AICPA, State Auditors Generals’ Offices, state CPA societies and other professional groups.  He wrote many refereed articles for such journals as Accounting Horizons, Accounting, Organizations and Society, Auditing: A Journal of Practice & Theory, Behavioral Research in Accounting, Journal of Accounting and Public Policy, Journal of Accounting, Auditing & Finance, Journal of Business Ethics, Abacus, Advances in Accounting, Advances in Accounting Education, Advances in Management Accounting Critical Perspectives on Accounting, International Journal of Accounting, Education and Research, Issues in Accounting Education, Journal of Accounting Education, Managerial Auditing Journal, Research in Accounting Regulation, The CPA) and the Journal of Accountancy). 

Alan is Associate Editor of the Journal of Accounting Education and Accounting Educators’ Journal, and is on the editorial boards of Advances in Accounting, Journal of Forensic Accounting Research, Managerial Auditing Journal, Review of Accounting and Finance and other journals. 

He served as Vice President of Education for the American Accounting Association (AAA) and was Chair/President of its: Notable Contributions to the Accounting Literature Screening Committee, Teaching and Curriculum Committee, Midwest Region, and Committee to Promote Interaction between Two-Year Faculty and Faculty at Other Institutions.  He has also led other key professional accounting bodies such as a board member/officer: Michigan Association of CPAs [MICPA] and the Detroit Chapters of the Financial Executives Institute, Institute of Management Accountants and Institute of Internal Auditors [IIA]—as well as serving on the IIA’s National Board of Research Advisors.

Alan Sangster, University of Sussex, UK

Alan Sangster is Professor of Accounting at the University of Sussex, UK. He is editor of Accounting Education (Routledge/Taylor & Francis). His research interests are in accounting, business practice, and business education in late-Medieval and Renaissance Italy (c.1200-1700); the history of breweries, family businesses, and entrepreneurship; and in accounting education: teaching, leaning, assessment, and faculty. Among his recent publications are Libr. XV: Cotrugli and de Raphaeli on Business and Bookkeeping in the Renaissance, Lomax Press (2014); and “The Genesis of double entry bookkeeping” in The Accounting Review (2016). He is also a Trustee of The Academy of Accounting Historians and, in 2015, received the Academy’s Hourglass Award for his study of Libr. XV. He was founding editor and editor of The international Journal of Applied Expert Systems (1992-2001), past chair of the AI/Expert Systems section of the American Accounting Association and of the Accounting Education section of the British Accounting and Finance Association, and is the author of Frank Wood’s Business Accounting 1 & 2 (Pearson).


Cathy Scott, Navarro College
Cathy Scott is currently a Professor of Accounting and Department Chair at Navarro College. She has spoken on numerous occasions about effectively using technology in the classroom, improving online education and engaging students with activity learning. Cathy serves as the AAA TYC Vice President and Council Member. She is also a board member for the Teachers of Accounting at Two-Year Colleges. Cathy is an author of a College Accounting textbook with a career-focused approach, and the co-founder of; a free website and blog helping educators connect technology with pedagogy. She is also a proud recipient of the TSCPA Outstanding Accounting Educator Award, the AAA TYC Educator of the Year Award, and Navarro College’s Teaching of Excellence Award.


David E. Stout,  Villanova University

David served previously as editor of Issues in Accounting Education and as Editor-in-Chief of the Journal of Accounting Education. He served previously as president of the TLC Section and president of the AAA Ohio Region. In 2015 he received the American Accounting Association (AAA) Outstanding Accounting Educator Award, and in 2016 he received the AAA Lifetime Service Award, for his contributions to accounting education.





C. Edward Watson, Association of American Colleges and Universities
Keynote Speaker

Dr. C. Edward Watson is Associate Vice President for Quality, Advocacy, and LEAP Initiatives with the Association of American Colleges and Universities (AAC&U) and formerly director of the Center for Teaching and Learning at the University of Georgia.  He is executive editor of the International Journal of Teaching and Learning in Higher Education and the International Journal of ePortfolio and is on the board of directors for both the International Society for Exploring Teaching and Learning and the Association for Authentic, Experiential, and Evidenced-based LearningHe is also the author of two new books, Teaching Naked Techniques:  A Practical Guide to Designing Better Classes and Playing to Learn with Reacting to the Past - Research on High Impact, Active Learning Practices, both published in 2017.




Donald E. Wygal, Rider University

Don earned his Ph.D. from the University of Pittsburgh. His first academic position was as founding Chair of the newly-created business and Economics program at the University of Pittsburgh-Johnstown. He is an Emeritus accounting faculty member of Rider University and served as department chair from 1990 to 2005. He has been active in national and international accounting professional organizations, including service as Chair of the Teaching, Learning and Curriculum (TLC) Section of the American Accounting Association (AAA) and membership on the Pre-certification Education Executive Committee of the AICPA and the Committee on Academic Relations of the Institute of Management Accountants (IMA).  He has served on the editorial boards of several professional and academic journals, including Accounting Education: An International Journal, the IMA’s International Education Case Journal, and the Journal of Forensic Accounting Research. He served two terms as Associate Editor of Issues in Accounting Education andis concluding service as Associate Editor of the Journal of Accounting Education.

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