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2017 Speaker Biographies

Sandra Byrd, CPA, PhD

Emeritus Professor of Accountancy
School of Accountancy, Missouri State University-Springfield

Dr. Sandra Byrd is an emeritus professor at Missouri State University-Springfield. She earned her BS in Accountancy from the University of Missouri—Columbia, her MBA and PhD from the University of Arkansas-Fayetteville. She was selected as the first Public Affairs Professor at Missouri State University. She is a CPA licensed in the State of Missouri and has numerous publications and publications.

Recently Dr. Byrd has been teaching undergraduate classes in Financial and Intermediate accounting and graduate classes in Financial Accounting, Public Service Tax Accounting and Accounting Theory. She has taught classes in numerous formats including: mass lecturers, blended (with and without Skype) and traditional online classes. Dr. Byrd is a past president of the Midwest AAA and the Missouri Association of Accounting Educators. For the past few years she has developed round tables for the MAAE Annual Meeting on Trends in Accounting Education in Missouri, including trends in using e-texts and online classes.

Presentation Title and Description:
Surviving the "Online" Jungle
In today's academic environment there is a great deal of pressure to teach online classes. Many of you may feel you have been pushed out into a jungle with no survival equipment. We will discuss how you can survive and even enjoy teaching an online class. There will be a focus on the similarities and differences between teaching online classes and face-to-face classes. We will address specific problems you might encounter when teaching "out of the classroom". Survival topics to be covered will include learning environments, planning for the course, course development, availability of new technology, presentation methods, the faculty member's role, the student's role, assessment and academic integrity issues.

Yvonne L. Hinson, Ph.D. CPA, CGMA

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.

Presentation Title and Description:
AICPA Academic & Student Strategy & Initiatives

Cynthia Dittmer, PhD

Assistant Professor of Business Administration and Economics
Coe College Cedar Rapids, Iowa

Cindy Dittmer joined the faculty of the Business Administration and Economics Department at Coe College in August of 2017. She previously taught at St. Ambrose University, Western Illinois University and Monmouth College. Prior to entering academia in 2004, Cindy worked as an accountant for 23 years. During her accounting career, she worked as an auditor at a small CPA firm, specializing in audits of governmental units and non-profit organizations. After leaving public accounting, she served as controller for a non-profit organization.

Cindy teaches several upper level accounting courses in addition to teaching introductory accounting courses on a regular basis. At Coe College, Cindy has been assigned to teach Advanced Accounting, Fund Accounting (Governmental and Non-Profit) and Fraud Examination. Prior to joining Coe, she has also taught Advanced Auditing, Advanced Managerial Accounting, and Advanced Tax Research.

Cindy enjoys teaching in a small college environment because it provides more opportunity to work directly with students. Besides small class sizes, she also serves as academic advisor and mentor to accounting students. Her research interests include accounting education, faculty diversity, and accounting profession diversity. She presented a poster on August 4, 2017 at the Conference on Teaching and Learning in Accounting, prior to the American Accounting Association's Annual Meeting in San Diego titled "A More Palatable Advanced Accounting Course - for the Students AND the Professor." Cindy is a member of the Association of International Certified Public Accountants and the American Accounting Association.

Presentation Title and Description:
Upping the Ante in Upper Level Courses: Increasing Student Engagement
Students in advanced accounting courses present a unique challenge to instructors. Many students in upper level accounting courses may have "senioritis" because they are in their final year. In addition, more than a few of them have accepted job offers and are focused on life after college. Engaging these students in specific areas of accounting, such as governmental accounting or consolidations may be difficult, especially if the position that they have accepted is not likely to encounter these topics. See how to tweak the presentation of course materials and utilize unconventional assignments in upper level courses to engage these students, and keep them engaged throughout the course.

Eric Nelson Ph.D.

Professor of Management, University of Central Missouri

Eric Nelson's research interests include interpersonal, teamwork, leadership and self-analysis skills. He has 13 years of corporate experience working in management development training and organizational development. In Germany, he focused on outside sales training and sales management development for Safety-Kleen Corporation. He worked as a strategic planning consultant, with the majority of his experience focused on leadership development for Fortune 500 companies such as Motorola, Grumman, Safety-Kleen, Case and the University of Chicago Hospital. Nelson is best characterized as a training and development specialist with interests in all of the functional areas of a business.

Professor Nelson has a Ph.D. in Education specializing in Workforce Training from the University of Illinois.

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Kansas City, MO 64110
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