2020 Impact the Future Conference Program

Held by the Western Region of the American Accounting Association

Preliminary Program

Thursday, April 23, 2020



 1:00 pm - 5:00 pm

Transitioning to Faculty Workshop (separate registration) -Karen Osterheld, Bentley University and Susan Crosson, Emory University and AAA

1:00 pm–2:15 pm Transitioning to Academia Panel
 • How Do I Make the Decision?
 • How Do I Find a Position?
 • What Are the Biggest Challenges?

2:15 pm–3:15 pm Strategies for Success
 • Setting Expectations/First Day of Class
 • How to Engage Students
 • How Do Class Presentations Differ from Professional Presentations?

3:15 pm–3:35 pm Break

3:35 pm–5:00 pm Strategies for Success
 • Planning a Course: Textbooks, Homework, Syllabus, Exams, Grading, and Class Activities

​Your Questions



Friday, April 24, 2020



7:00 am – 7:50 am




7:50 am – 8:10 am




8:10 am – 9:00 am

Future Forward: Prepping Tomorrow's Leaders Today
Joni Wilson Ferguson, Leaders Amplify, The Walt Disney Company



9:10 am - 10:00 am

Impact the Future:  Integrating Practice, Teaching, and Scholarship with Design Ideas from the Far Reaches of the Accounting Universe
William E. McCarthy, Michigan State University

An ontology, according to Tom Gruber, is "a specification of a conceptualization" -- a designed artifact that identifies the categories of a domain and a computable artifact that provides automated reasoning capabilities over a network of those categories. In a forthcoming AAA monograph by McCarthy, Geerts, and Gal (2020), the REA (Resource-Event-Agent) model is proposed as an ontological specification of the natural kinds in commerce (who, what, when, where, why, and how) that illustrates how its concepts can be used to integrate research, teaching, and practice in accounting.



10:00 am – 10:20 am




10:20 am - 12:00pm

Concurrent Session Tracks

 • 20 Excel Tips and Tricks for Teaching Data Analytics:  Hands-on, Bring your Computers
-Tracie Miller-Nobles, Austin Community College and Wendy Tietz, Kent State University

 • ED Talks-short (e.g. 20-minute TED-like talks) talks about Teaching and Learning:
-“Incorporating Brain-Friendly Learning Strategies into Accounting Classes”-Paula Koch, El Camino Community College District
-“Inflexible Thinkers: Results from an Excel Tutorial System”-Nathan Garrett, Woodbury University
-“Interactive Discussion with White Collar Criminals: A Methodological Approach to Teaching Accounting Ethics”- Tara Lambert, Margie Marie LaShaw, Michelle Li-Kuehne, Whitworth University
-“Team Teaching in a Live Environment to Promote Student Learning”-Stanley Hong, DeVry University-Long Beach

 • Doctoral Student-Faculty Interchange

 • Teaching Bootcamp-Sara Kern, Gonzaga University; Jason C Porter, Washington State University; and Richard Alan Minot, Loyola Marymount University

 • Research with an Impact on Scholarship



12:00 pm - 1:20 pm




1:20 pm - 3:00 pm

Concurrent Session Tracks

Tech Tools ED Talks (e.g. hands-on 30-minute TED-like talks) Bring your Computer
-“Creating Your Own Augmented Reality and Virtual Reality Application for Free” Mfon Akpan, Savannah College of Art and Design;
-“Strategies for Teaching Data Analytics in a Graduate Level Fraud Course”-Maria H Sanchez, Rider University
--“Using QuickBooks to Teach Accounting and Enhance Critical Thinking Skills”-Jennifer Johnson, University of Texas at Dallas

 • Practical Guidelines for Designing Your Data Analytics Course/Curricula-Guido Geerts and Gail Hoover King

 • Doctoral Student-Faculty Interchange

 • An Article Reviewing Exercise to Inform Your Own Manuscript Development-Kim Church, University of Missouri Kansas City and Angela Spencer, Oklahoma State University

 • Research with an Impact on Scholarship



3:00 pm - 3:20 pm




3:20 pm - 5:00 pm

Concurrent Session Tracks

 • Crash Course: Sweeping Changes Expected in Accounting Education, Sponsored by AICPA; Joann David, AICPA, Henrietta F. Eve, AICPA, Yvonne L. Hinson, AICPA

 • Data Analytics Cases for Introductory Accounting- Hands-on, Bring your Computer
-Tracie Miller-Nobles, Austin Community College and Wendy Tietz, Kent State University

 • Doctoral Student-Faculty Interchange

 • Tackling Reviewer Comments: How to Manage Your Revise and Resubmit-Angela Spencer, Oklahoma State University and Kimberly Swanson Church, University of Missouri-Kansas City

 • Research with an Impact on Scholarship



5:15 pm – 6:15 pm



Saturday, April 25, 2020



7:00 am - 8:00 am




8:00 am – 9:40 am

Concurrent Session Tracks

 • Blockchain:  Bridging the Profession-Education Gap with Instructional Scaffolding- Kimberly Swanson Church, University of Missouri-Kansas City

 • The Changing Landscape of Accounting Education: Level Up Your Teaching Effectiveness with Technology-Markus Ahrens, St Louis Community College and Cathy Scott, University of North Texas-Dallas

 • Practical Techniques for Course Management: Student Learning, Presentation and Facilitation Skills, Academic Integrity, and Your Questions, A Classroom Management Bootcamp -Karen Osterheld, Bentley University

 • Research Relevance: Impacting the Future Panel-Terry Shevlin, University of California-Irvine; Mark DeFond, University of Southern California; Dawn Masumoto, University of Washington; and Ryan Wilson, University of Oregon

 • Research with an Impact on Scholarship



9:40 am – 10:10 am


10:10 am - 11:50 am

Concurrent Session Tracks

• Robotic Process Automation - What, How, When, and Where? - Ann C. Dzuranin, Northern Illinois University, David A. Wood, Brigham Young University

• Data Analytics Best Practices: Hands-on, Bring your Computer

-“How to Use AI Apps to Unleash the Power of Your Audit Program”-Deniz A. Appelbaum, Montclair State University
-Data Analytics for Accounting Professors Explained in Plain English and Cartoons”-Kristine M. Brands, United States Air Force Academy

 • Focus on Teaching Best Practices

-“Teaching Introductory Accounting to All Business Students-Inspiring Them and Attracting Talent to the Profession”-Patricia Cherry, Michele Souder, and Jim A Franklin, Western Governors University
-“Preparing Accountants for the Future: AICPA Guidance for Critical Thinking in Your Classroom”-Susan Wolcott, Independent Scholar

 • Research Paper Workshopping Session Observe and engage in manuscript development conversations with journal editors that aim to move papers along the publication process.
 • Research with an Impact on Scholarshi




11:50 pm - 1:20 pm

Lunch Break – On Your Own



1:30 pm - 4:50 pm

Workshops (separate registration)

 • Integrating Data Analytics into Your Accounting Courses: A Hands-on Workshop by Guido Geerts, Gail Hoover King, and Kim Church
If you are interested in integrating data analytics into your accounting courses, this hands-on workshop will get you started. You will work through several accounting problems that you can integrate into your classes, and we will also demonstrate how data analytics can be used as a cognitive tool to teach accounting concepts. No previous knowledge regarding data analytics is required, and the concepts and materials taught are relevant to all accounting disciplines. The software to be used in the workshop is Microsoft Power BI Desktop, which can be downloaded for free.

 • Implementing Robotic Process Automation (RPA) for Beginners by Ann Dzuranin, Northern Illinois University and Wendy Tietz, Kent State University
In this workshop, you will learn what Robotics Process Automation (RPA) is and how it is affecting the accounting profession. We will be walking through a few basic RPA projects using Automation Anywhere, one of the market leaders in RPA software. Bring a Windows laptop if you want hands-on experience with Automation Anywhere. You will leave with a few student-ready basic RPA projects.

 • EYARC’s Analytics Mindset Case: “Bank Investment Portfolios” using Tableau by Catherine A. Banks, EY and Scott A. Emett, Arizona State University
The workshop will cover an overview of the analytics mindset and how competencies aligned with the mindset are developed in this case. Participants will complete the case hands on using Tableau. The data and analytics in this case are fairly simple so this session is suitable for beginners interested in learning Tableau and analytics fundamentals, and for those interested in sourcing a case for a financial accounting or data analytics course. The workshop will also include general discussion of participants overall data and analytics teaching needs and highlight other EYARC materials that are available to address those needs.

 • Request an EYARC account (based on .edu email account) from catherine.banks@ey.com and download Analytics Mindset Bank Investment Portfolios case materials from private portal in advance
 • Access is available only to faculty from non-profit higher education. If a professional is intending to transition to academia in the near future, an account can be established under a personal email on a temporary basis based on sharing plans with Catherine.
 • Obtain free Tableau desktop subscription and install.