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Teaching Philosophy

I feel that the goal of a teacher (as well as my teaching philosophy) is to not only help the students to learn the material but also to promote student interest in the material and to inspire the students to learn more about the subject matter. Towards these ends, I try to make the students' classroom experience as informative and as rewarding as possible by recognizing my students' different learning styles and planning the presentation of the material in such a way as to promote an optimal learning environment for as many students as possible. Also, for each topic covered, I reinforce how it fits into the "big picture" of the topics covered in the course and in accounting in general. This lets the students know that what they are learning is not just an exercise in memorization for the CPA exam but that the material is indeed applicable to real world situations. Further, I try to make the class sessions as interactive as possible by not only encouraging students' questions but also by asking questions of the students themselves. This develops the students' interpersonal, communication, and critical thinking skills and by the end of the semester, a number of students usually become active and effective class participants. Overall, I feel that focusing on learning processes allows students to develop skills that will not only help them know and understand the material taught in class, but to be able to extend that knowledge and understanding to future issues they will face in practice, even ones they have not seen before.

Courses Taught

Prior to coming to Iowa State University, I taught a wide variety of courses, including auditing, financial accounting, managerial accounting, and taxation at the undergraduate level, auditing and taxation at the masters level, and analytical and behavioral research at the doctoral level. At Iowa State University, I currently teach ACCT 485 (Principles of Federal Income Taxation) at the undergraduate level and ACCT 585 (Taxes and Business Strategy) and ACCT 586 (Advanced Federal Taxation) at the graduate level. Consistent with my philosophy above, I try to take a more interactive and applied approach to learning in these classes as opposed to a pure lecture approach. I developed the curriculum for all three courses based in large part on the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants' Model Tax Curriculum.

In addition, I developed and taught the department's capstone course (ACCT 498: Capstone in Accounting) from 2015 to 2019. This course (which is no longer offered) was designed to help students improve and refine their critical-thinking skills as well as further their understanding of ethical considerations in the accounting profession.


Updated on May 24, 2022