The American Accounting Association (AAA) is the professional organization for accounting professors. I have been a member for nearly 25 years. The two main activities of the AAA are to hold membership meetings and to publish journals.
I especially enjoy AAA regional meetings, and my favorite is put on by the Ohio Region. My favorite memory is from years ago when Ed Conrad (U Akron) led a discussion on humor. He’s a funny guy.
Thomas Calderon (U Akron) says, “Attending the Ohio Region AAA meeting is always a highly beneficial experience. Attendees can expect exceptional panel sessions, outstanding paper presentations, and superb networking opportunities with academic colleagues and leaders in the profession.”
Jerry Weinstein (James Carroll U) says, “The Ohio meeting provides a great opportunity to network with in-state colleagues and stay on top of trends in the region. The paper, panel and plenary sessions cover a broad gamut of topics but most of them have a focus on the art of being an educator so attendees receive great value.”
This year, the Ohio AAA regional conference is held in the Cincinnati metropolitan area (Covington, KY), May 10 through May 12. The local organizers are Wally Wood (U Cincinnati), Ohio Regional president, and Akhilesh Chandra (U Akron), Program Chair. Tracey Sutherland, executive director of the AAA, will also be there.
The program for the 2012 conference is on-line. There are a few highlights worth noting.
The conference starts with $45 CPE workshops on Thursday afternoon. The premier workshop is “Building Resilience, Well-Being, and Mastery into Your Life,” by Marsha Huber, PhD, CPA, Masters of Applied Positive Psychology. Marsha is a long-time faculty member at Otterbein, but now is at Youngstown State. Marsha Huber is a well-published researcher who brings her knowledge of applied psychology and social networks to the field of accounting. She has presented dozens of workshops, and has won several awards for her presentations.
I most definitely would be attending her workshop if I wasn’t already on the program to present a workshop at the same time. My workshop is titled, “Social Media in the Classroom.”
Friday starts with two plenary sessions that promise to be interesting and provocative. J. Clarke Price, CEO of the Ohio Society of CPAs, provides his annual, “State of the Accounting Profession.” This is followed by a panel discussion led by Thomas Calderon (U Akron), “Looking Through the Crystal Ball: Views of Managing Partners from Accounting Firms on the Future of the Accounting Profession.” Large firm panelists are, Susan McPartlin (Office Managing Partner, PriceWaterhouseCoopers LLP, Cincinnati), Robert Taylor (Office Managing Partner Grant Thornton LLP, Cincinnati), and Craig Marshall (Office Managing Partner, Ernst & Young, Columbus).
Following these are panel discussions and presentations of research papers. Timothy Fogarty (Case Western Reserve U) has four papers on the program this year.
Check here for registration information.
I hope to see you there.
Debit and credit – – David Albrecht