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What was your previous position and where?Prior to joining LSU in 1996, I was an auditor for PricewaterhouseCoopers in Atlanta.
What brought you to LSU?I had earned my M.S. degree in accounting at LSU, so I knew what a great institution it is. I love the greater Baton Rouge community and, of course, SEC football, so I was eager to return to Tiger country when the opportunity arose.
What are your research interests?My primary research interests focus around accounting education. Specifically, I have researched using service-learning in accounting education, assurance of learning, accounting student perceptions of technology in the classroom and incorporating international opportunities into the accounting curriculum.
What do you hope to accomplish at LSU?I love teaching and imparting to students that accounting is a dynamic career choice. The field of accounting has seen incredible change in the last decade and it can be challenging to keep pace. I like helping the students to stay current with the field and connect them to exciting opportunities that our department and college have to offer. For example, one of the initiatives of the college is globalization. To help our accounting students experience global business and accounting practices, I designed an excursion to take 23 master's of accounting students to Rio de Janeiro during spring break 2013. While in Rio, our group will visit with executives of both U.S. and Brazilian companies and experience the culture of Brazil. This project was made possible by a grant from PricewaterhouseCoopers. I hope to continue with more international excursions in the future.
What do you enjoy most about LSU?I really enjoy working with students and helping them jump start their career in accounting. As assistant department chair, I interact regularly with companies who want to hire our students. I work as a liaison between employers and students and help students begin networking with employers early in their LSU experience. I also enjoy participating in social events with our students, such as the annual Beta Alpha Psi kickball and bowling tournaments and the National Association of Black Accountants' annual volleyball tournament. It is fun to interact with students outside of the classroom and even compete against them in these “sporting” events.
What are your major accomplishments?One of the highlights of my career at LSU has been to participate as a faculty mentor in the PricewaterhouseCoopers, or PwC, xTREME accounting competition. The event is a competitive learning experience in which a team of five students develop a solution to an unstructured accounting case, with an emphasis on presenting the case before a panel of PwC partners and managers. Approximately 43 universities compete each year. Winning teams are selected on each campus, and then five overall finalists are selected to compete in New York City for the national title. LSU sent a team to the finals five years in a row, and I was fortunate enough to accompany two of those teams to New York City. Everyone knows about LSU’s national championships in football, but I’m proud to say that we are also national champions in accounting!