Today is Monday, August 8. The American Accounting Association (AAA) annual meeting is in full swing today. For me, this day will be busier than yesterday’s 15 hour day.
The annual business meeting of the Teaching, Learning & Curriculum section of the AAA is held at breakfast. Traditionally, the scheduled time for it is from 6:45 to 8:15 a.m. This year, a misprint in the printed program had early birds showing up at 6:15. In this picture, Wally Wood (Cincinnati) leads other early birds in a lively discussion.
What happens at a breakfast business meeting? Pastries, fruit, juice and coffee for breakfast (some don’t think this is enough). The section chairman (Robert Allen, Utah) reading through the business report, and a speaker (Dick Light, Harvard). Billie Cunningham (Missour-Columbia) received the 2011 Hall of Honor award. Go Billie!
After breakfast, I go off to six interviews with prospective schools, and miss the day’s plenary speaker and all the concurrent sessions.
Effective Learning Strategies is the AAA title of letting professors present nifty teaching ideas that help make classes go a little better for students. This year, there are four such sessions, and today I am presenting mine at 3:00.
The picture that follows shows it all. Several room separators are placed, creating halls. Presenters tack up either a poster (preferred) or sheets of paper (ugh!) telling of the teaching hint. The presenter stays by the poster, and chats with anyone who wants more information.
Some of the presentations are very colorful, as is that of Shifei Chung (Rowan U).
My teaching hint and related presentation was up for an award, but the judges never came by!
After this, it’s time to attend a dinner honoring 50 years of service by Charles Horngren (Stanford) and his tremendous cost accounting book. Pearson is sponsoring it. Following it is the Grant Thornton dessert reception (thanks for inviting me, GT), and the U of Cincinnati reception (thrown by two New York professors).
Tomorrow I attend ten more interviews, so will miss the regular part of the conference. There will be no update for tomorrow.
Debit and credit – – David Albrecht