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2018 Management Accounting Section Midyear Meeting: Research Conference, Teaching Symposium, and IMA Doctoral Colloquium


Markus Ahrens
Lunch Speaker: Pathways to a Sustainable Future
Saturday, January 6, 2018, 12:00 pm – 1:30 pm

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.


Margaret Christ
Session 4.8: Teaching Symposium Session 2: Data Analytics for Management Accounting
Saturday, January 6, 2018, 10:30 am – 12:00 pm

Margaret h. Christ, Ph.D, CIA is an Associate Professor of Accounting, and the PwC Faculty Fellow in the Terry College of Business at the University of Georgia. Her research focuses broadly on management control systems, including the effects of control systems and incentive compensation on employee behavior, the use of control systems in inter-organizational collaborations, internal audit practices, and the use of data analytics for fraud detection. 

Dr. Christ teaches accounting information systems and has developed a case-based curriculum that relies heavily on data analytics and data visualization techniques. Dr. Christ has presented her cases at the AAA Excellence in Auditing Education Workshop and is currently working with the Ernst and Young Academic Resource Center (EYARC) to develop educational materials on the analytics mindset.


Rosanna Curti
Session 5.8: Teaching Symposium Session 3: Building Resilience
Saturday, January 6, 2018, 1:30 pm – 3:00 pm

Rosanna Curti oversees Student Assistance and Accountability. Provides educational programs for the campus on issues relating to student conduct policies, disruptive or threatening behavior, and community standards.


Peter Doolittle
Integrating Learning, Memory, and Experience for Increased Knowledge
and Performance

Saturday, January 6, 2018, 3:30 pm – 5:00 pm

Peter Doolittle grew up in Maryland, on the shores of Cattail Creek, just off the Chesapeake Bay. His skills of inquiry and investigation were honed during long days of exploring the mud banks and open waters of the Magothy River. This physical exploration was accompanied by a mental examination of the possibilities of life inspired by the collective works of Robert Heinlein, Thomas Ryan and Stephen Donaldson. Later, as high school gave way to college, his interests shifted from brief flirtations with engineering and oceanography to a more solid craving to understand the processes of human learning. This interest in human learning was brought into specific relief during a Psychology of Learning course taken at Southern Methodist University (B.S., Psychology; B.A., Physical Education). Following the attainment of an M.S. in Education from Baylor University and a Ph.D. in Educational Psychology at The Catholic University of America, he taught at Southeastern Louisiana University, before joining the Educational Psychology faculty at Virginia Tech in 1997.

Dr. Doolittle teaches cognition and instruction, constructivism and education, multimedia cognition and college teaching as a professor of educational psychology in the Department of Learning Sciences and Technologies. He is the recipient of the Alumni Award for Excellence in Teaching in 2010, Certificate of Teaching Excellence from the College of Liberal Arts and Human Sciences in 2009, Outstanding Teaching Award for the School of Education in 2008, and the Excellence in Graduate Student Advising Award for the College of Liberal Arts & Human Sciences in 2007. He has also had the opportunity to teach educational psychology in Mexico, Ireland and Malawi.

His research is focused on learning in multimedia environments, with specific emphasis on the role of working memory, and he has been published in the Journal on Educational Multimedia and Hypermedia, British Journal of Educational Technology, Theory and Research in Social Education, Journal of the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning, and the Journal on Excellence in College Teaching. He is also currently the Executive Editor of the International Journal of Teaching and Learning in Higher Education and the Co-Executive Editor of the International Journal of ePortfolio.


Ann C. Dzuranin
Session 4.8: Teaching Symposium Session 2: Data Analytics for Management Accounting
Saturday, January 6, 2018, 10:30 am – 12:00 pm

Dr. Ann C. Dzuranin is the Dean’s Distinguished Professor of Analytics in Accounting at Northern Illinois University.  She earned her B.S. from Fairleigh Dickinson University, her MBA from New York University, and her Ph.D. from the University of South Florida. Ann is a CPA (NJ) and has 15 years of experience in both public and corporate accounting. 

Dr. Dzuranin is interested in behavioral research in managerial decision-making, incentive compensation, and accounting information systems.  Specifically, she is interested management accounting decision making and the ways in which accounting information systems interact with those decisions. Her research has been published in Issues in Accounting Education, Journal of Information Systems, Journal of Business Ethics, Management Accounting Quarterly, and Journal of Corporate Accounting and Finance.  

Dr. Dzuranin’s work in data analytics curriculum development has resulted in invitations to present on the topic of Data Analytics and Accounting at both academic and professional conferences.  Her presentations have reached over 1,500 people in the last 15 months with more than 40 universities requesting additional information regarding NIU’s approach to incorporating data analytics into the curriculum.  


John Graham
Corporate Culture, Governance, and Thoughts on Survey Research
Friday, January 5, 2017, 8:30 am - 9:45 am

 Dr. Graham is the D. Richard Mead professor of finance at the Fuqua School of Business at Duke University. His past work experience includes teaching at the University of Utah and seven years working as a senior economist at Virgina Power. He has been co-editor of the Journal of Finance, associate editor of The Journal of Finance, The Review of Financial Studies, Finance Research Letters, and Financial Management, and has served on the board of directors of the American Finance Association, the Western Finance Association, and the Financial Management Association, three of the largest academic finance professional organizations. Graham is currently President-elect of the Financial Management Association and has been President of the Western Finance Association, is a Fellow of the Financial Management Association, and is a research associate of the National Bureau of Economic Research. He is multiple time winner of best teacher awards and also a recipient of the overall Outstanding Faculty award. Graham has served as area coordinator of Duke’s finance group and as co-director of the Duke Center for Financial Excellence.

Graham has published more than 50 articles and book chapters on corporate taxes, cost of capital, capital structure, financial reporting, and payout policy. His research has won numerous best paper awards. His teaching focuses on corporate finance, taxes, mergers and acquisitions, and corporate restructuring. His simulated corporate marginal tax rates are widely used and are an important input in the Duff and Phelps cost of capital publications.

Since 1997 Graham has been the director of the Global Business Outlook (, a quarterly CFO survey that assesses the business climate and topical economic issues around the world. He appears regularly in the media to discuss the survey and corporate sector. Finally, Graham is lead author on the textbooks Corporate Finance: Linking Theory to What Companies Do (Cengage) and Introduction to Corporate Finance (Cengage).”


Michael Grant
Teaching Symposium Session 1: AICPA Future of Learning
Saturday, January 6, 2018, 8:30 am – 10:00 am

Michael McKenzie Grant is the Director of Learning Design and Development at the Association of International Certified Professional Accountants (AICPA), where he leads the learning experience design and development of interactive training courses for global users in the accounting profession. Throughout his career, Michael has helped lead learning development teams and instructionally designed and developed eLearning courses for Fortune 500 companies. He is a former college instructor and department chair and has presented his research on interactive multimedia for educational reinforcement at major conferences, such as the E-Learn World Conference in Corporate, Government, Healthcare, and Higher Education. Michael holds an MFA degree from Clemson University.


Yvonne Hinson
Teaching Symposium Session 1: AICPA Future of Learning
Saturday, January 6, 2018, 8:30 am – 10:00 am

Yvonne Hinson is the Academic in Residence and Senior Director with the AICPA; a position created to foster closer relationships with universities and faculty.  She began her accounting career with Arthur Andersen in Charlotte, NC.  After returning to the University of Tennessee to pursue her Ph.D., Yvonne accepted a position with Wake Forest University.  During her over 18 year career at WFU she served as a faculty member, Director of Graduate Studies, Director of Accountancy and Dean of Charlotte Programs.   Yvonne has served on numerous academic and community committees and nonprofit Boards and is a past President of the Federation of Schools of Accountancy and past Chair of the AAA Membership Advisory Committee. Her research has been published in both academic and practitioner journals.  She earned her BS in accounting and MBA from UNC Charlotte.


Dale P. Johnson
Teaching Symposium Session 1: AICPA Future of Learning
Saturday, January 6, 2018, 8:30 am – 10:00 am

Dale Johnson manages the adaptive general education program for EdPlus at ASU. He works closely with faculty, staff and vendors to develop and implement adaptive courseware that will help improve the student success rate in key introductory courses. Dale studied architecture at ASU and public policy at Harvard, a learning path that combined his interests in design, engineering, art and history. In his spare time, he enjoys traveling and building: he’s traveled to more than 30 countries, lived in Barcelona for a year, and built his own solar home in Phoenix.


Chrissy Lieberman
Session 5.8: Teaching Symposium Session 3: Building Resilience
Saturday, January 6, 2018, 1:30 pm – 3:00 pm

Chrissy Lieberman oversees Student Assistance and Accountability, Academic Integrity, the Associated Students of the University of Arizona (ASUA), and the Graduate Professional Student Council (GPSC). Provides educational programs for the campus on issues relating to student conduct policies, academic integrity, disruptive or threatening behavior and community standards.


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