We would like to thank the Program Sponsors for their support of programs that encourage broader consideration of the issues facing our profession and to learn how to bring those issues to the classroom:

2020 American Taxation Association Midyear Meeting

2020 ATA Teaching and Curriculum Conference

Preliminary Program


 Support for the Teaching and Curriculum Conference from Grant Thornton is gratefully acknowledged.

Thursday, February 27, 2020

7:30 am – 8:30 am



8:30 am – 9:30 am

1.01 Data Analytics and Tax in Public Accounting
Moderator: Kerry Inger, Auburn University

Presenter: Jamie Fowler, Grant Thornton


9:35 am – 10:45 am

2.01 Apply Data Analytics to Tax
Moderator: JaLynn Thomas, University of Arkansas - Fayetteville

Presenter: Katie Terrell, University of Arkansas

2.02 Tax Reform Practice Update
Moderator: Kim Key, Auburn University

Presenter: Doug Puckett, Deloitte


10:45 am - 11:00 am



11:00 am – 12:00 pm

3.01 Increasing Student Interest in Tax

Troy Lewis, Brigham Young University
Shelley Rhoades-Catanach, Villanova University
Kristina Zvinakis, University of Texas at Austin


12:00 pm – 1:00 pm



1:00 pm – 2:15 pm

4.01 Roundtable Research Sessions
Moderator: Rebekah Moore, James Madison University

1. Cringle’s House of Trees
Mollie T Adams, Bradley University; Kerry Inger, Auburn University; Michele D. Meckfessel, University of Missouri - St. Louis

2. Linking Taxation and Entrepreneurship in a Multidisciplinary Financial Literacy Class
Ann Boyd Davis, Tennessee Tech University; Alma Hales, Tennessee Tech University

3. Listen and Learn: A Tax Podcase Assignment and Using Tax Geek Articles in Class
Kim G. Key, Auburn University

4. Putting the Service in IRS: Service-Learning Beyond VITA
Kimberly Jane Tribou, McMurry University; Keith S. Walker, Southern Illinois University – Carbondale


2:20 pm – 3:20 pm

5.01 Publishing Accounting Education Research Panel
Moderator: Kerry Inger, Auburn University

Thomas Calderon, University of Akron
Julia Camp, Providence College 
Bill Pasewark, Texas Tech University 

5.02 Graduate Tax Curriculum Panel
Moderator: Mollie T. Adams, Bradley University

Christine Cheng, University of Mississippi
Lynn Comer-Jones, Georgia State University
Kerri Tassin, Missouri State University
Ron Worsham, Brigham Young University


3:20 pm - 3:40 pm



3:40 pm – 4:40 pm

6.01 Learning and Education Professionals Panel
Moderator: Michele D. Meckfessel, University of Missouri – St. Louis

Kelly Dolson, EY
Beth Piper, Deloitte
Diana Benyaminy, KPMG
Christine Griffith, KPMG
Keith Larson, PwC

6.02 Campus 2 Clients: Best Practices from the Experts
Moderator: Mitchell Franklin, LeMoyne College

Tax Rate Reconciliation and Income Tax Provision Disclosure
Allison Evans, University of North Carolina Wilmington

Analytics in the Tax Classroom: Something Old or Something New?
Mitchell Franklin, Le Moyne College; Michaele Morrow, Merrimack College; Christie Novak, Le Moyne College

A New Approach to Ethics Education: Giving Voice to Values
Tracy Manly, University of Tulsa; Christina Ritsema, Colorado State University


4:45 pm – 5:30 pm

7.01 Teaching Cases
Moderator: Rebekah Moore, James Madison University

Chicagoland Popcorn® - Online Retailer Nexus Following Wayfair using Robotics Process Automation and Data
Christine Cheng, The University of Mississippi; John Eagan, Purdue University Northwest; Amy J. N. Yurko, Duquesne University

Debating the Relative Advantages of Debate-Based Instructional Tools: The Pedagogical Benefits of a Debate-Based Written Assignment
Michael Killey, University of Michigan-Dearborn; Stephanie Walton, Louisiana State University

Using Data Visualization Software to Communicate Tax Information
Tracie Miller-Nobles, Austin Community College; Frances Ann Stott, Ohio University


6:00 pm – 7:00 pm


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