TWILAP, Two Weeks in the Life of an Accounting Professor. Most people think I only work a few hours per week, just the time spent in the classroom. They aren’t aware of all the behind the scenes activity. In this series, I’ll journalize on what it’s like to be a professor.
So sad, TWILAP is almost done. I’ve grown accustomed to getting online and updating my blog for the day’s events. Typically, I work so hard and long from the start of the week, that on Wednesday I start feeling like the week is almost done.
How did I do on yesterday’s must do list? Fine, except for #7 (Decide what to do next: learner-centered paper or IFRS paper), #8 (Work on writing a research proposal for above (more on this later), #9 (Respond to Edith Orenstein’s fine essay on why accounting matters over at FEI blog). Pretty much routine life got in the way of my turning to scholarly pursuits. That is the story of my career.
8:30-9:30 a.m. E-mail.
9:55-10:20 a.m. In transit.
10:20-3:30 p.m. At school for classes and office hours. Having students work on papers and projects is important to me. I’ve been convinced, for years and years, that people discover what they truly think when they are forced to write it down. I’ve assigned term papers for several years. This year, in Managerial Accounting, the two term paper assignments deal with (1) costs of quality (I was grading these papers a week ago) and (2) productivity. It really is true, that college students will put off writing papers until the night before they are due. Of course, the writing and thinking quality suffers. This year, I’m having a work day so students can discuss the paper topic with each other. Having the work day nine days before the deadline gets them thinking about the topic much earlier than normal, and it sends a clear signal as to how important I view the the topic and the paper. You can see this year’s class, students work with laptops. On the right side of the classroom (not pictured), a student was using cell phone wireless to look up material from the Internet. I really like this class. What a great group of students.
For Intermediate Accounting, the work day involves playing Monopoly. Why? I have students play Monopoly and then do the accounting for their experience. I’ve had students do this since 1992. Robert Knechel (University of Florida) came up with the original idea in the late 1980s. The following photos show some of this year’s group of students playing year 3 of their monopoly game. I really like the Intermediate Accounting students at Concordia. What a great group of students.
3:30-6:30 p.m. E-mail
10:30-11:00 p.m. In transit back home.
Debit and credit – – David Albrecht