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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:

2021 American Taxation Association Virtual Midyear Meeting

2021 ATA Teaching and Curriculum Virtual Conference

    Thank you to EY for their support for the 2021 Teaching and Curriculum Conference program.

Thursday, February 18, 2021

The ATA Teaching and Curriculum Conference (TCC) provides an opportunity for tax educators from across the country to come together to present, discuss, and learn about new and innovative teaching methods, resources and techniques. 

Here are a few highlights that will be on the 2021 program:

  • Session on the use of collaborative software in on-line teaching.
  • Panels on incorporating new legislation into the classroom, turning classroom activities into publications, VITA programs, and issues impacting the profession, including COVID and diversity and inclusion.
  • Interactive roundtable session with teaching cases and tips.

This one day conference precedes the ATA Midyear Meeting, but you do not have to attend the Midyear Meeting in order to attend the TCC. We hope to see you at this year’s conference!

2021 ATA Teaching and Curriculum Conference

Preliminary Program - all times listed are Eastern

Thursday, February 18, 2021

11:25 am – 11:30 am


11:30 am – 12:20 pm

1.01 How COVID has Changed the Profession
Taxes - 1.0 CH
Moderator: Kerry Inger, Auburn University

Panelists: Ryan Ross, EY
Sarah Anderson, PWC
Valerie Dickerson, Deloitte
Christine Griffith, KPMG
Diana Benyaminy, KPMG

12:25 pm – 1:15 pm

2.01 Teaching Tips and Tools Roundtable
Taxes - 1.0 CH
Moderator: Rebekah Moore, James Madison University and Troy Lewis, Brigham Young University

1. Continuing 1040 Compliance Assignment (Introductory Individual Income Tax Course)
Jenny McGarry, Western Illinois University

2. Friends & Felons
Louise Single, St. Edward's University, Carolyn Conn, Texas State University

3. Join Us For Tax Storytime
Inae Yang, San Jose State University

4. Teaching Strategies for Enhancing Instructor Presence in an Online Taxation Course
Sarah Robertson, University of Texas at El Paso

1:15 pm – 1:30 pm


1:30 pm – 2:20 pm

3.01 Using Collaborative Software in Online Teaching
Taxes - 1.0 CH
Amy Dunbar, University of Connecticut
Ann Davis, Tennessee Tech University

3.02 Teaching Methods and Cases
Taxes - 1.0 CH
Moderator: Mollie Adams, Bradley University

1. Using PBL Approaches and TBL Project to Incorporate Tax Research and Peer Review in Tax 1
Judith A. Sage and Lloyd G. Sage, Sage & Sage

2. Using Data Analytics to Evaluate Policy Implications of Migration Patterns: Application for Analytics, AIS and Tax Classes
Christine Cheng, University of Mississippi and Anu Varadharajan, KPMG

2:25 pm – 3:15 pm

4.01 Campus to Clients: How to Write a Publication that Bridges Academics to the Profession
Taxes - 1.0 CH
Moderator: Mitchell Franklin, LeMoyne College

Valrie Chambers, Stetson University
Allison Evans, University of North Carolina Wilmington
Dann Fisher, Kansas State University
Annette Nellen, San Jose State University

4.02 Best Practices in Delivering a VITA Program
Taxes - 1.0 CH
Moderator: Michele Meckfessel, University of Missouri-St. Louis

Irana Scott, James Madison University
Leanne Adams, University of Connecticut
Mark Fetters, University of Missouri-St. Louis

3:15 pm – 3:30 pm


3:30 pm – 4:20 pm

5.01 Incorporating Current Events and New Legislation into the Classroom
Taxes - 1.0 CH
Moderator: John Dexter, Edinboro University of PA and Jalynn Thomas, University of Arkansas

J.T. Eagen, Purdue University Northwest
Julia Camp, Providence College
Shelley Rhoades-Catanach, Villanova University

5.02 Diversity, Equity and Inclusion in the Classroom and Profession
Behavioral Ethics - 1.0 CH
Moderator: Mollie Mathis, Auburn University

Ken Bouyer, EY, Americas Inclusiveness Talent and Attraction Team Leader
Keyshia Crawford, Assistant Director, EY Americas Learning
Joanna Garcia, John Carroll University

4:30 pm – 5:30 pm

Block Party – Virtual Reception

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