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The American Accounting Association is the professional organization for accounting professors.  It is divided into seven regions (Northeast, Mid-Atlantic, Southeast, Midwest, Ohio, Southwest and Western).

The primary activity of each region is to hold an annual conference.  My home region, Ohio, recently (May 10-12) held its annual conference in Covington, Kentucky, which is part of the Cincinnati, Ohio metropolitan area.  The 2012 conference was the culmination of region president Wally Wood (U Cincinnati) and program chair Akhilesh Chandra (U Akron).

Wood and Chandra deserve a ton of credit for planning and guiding a terrific conference.  If only the other regions had a conference as nice as Ohio’s.

Thursday, the first day of the conference, started out slowly for me.  I-75 road construction in northern Cincinnati led my GPS to redirect me through six miles of side streets.  Consequently, I arrived 20 minutes late.  Veteran AAA staffers Dee S and Debbie G recognized me and were able to quickly complete the paperwork so I could start my conference day.

Dee and Debbie greet us at every AAA conference

The afternoon is devoted to two CPE (Continuing Professional Education) sessions.  A tour of a local brewery is led by David Stott, BGSU.  A session on positive applied psychology is led by Marsha Huber (Youngstown SU).  The workshop I was to conduct has been cancelled for low attendance.  I attended the Huber workshop and was introduced to her world of applied psychology.  She has been studying and researching several areas that are unfamiliar to most accounting professors, however they have great relevance for both professional practice and accounting education.  She taught about resilience, emotion, growth, game playing and influence in informal organizational networks.  Although psychology causes me to break out in hives, I’ve offered to come on board and help write one of her papers.

John and Allie from McGraw-Hill

During breaks we head into the exhibitor’s hall for snacks and hot drinks.  I like chatting with publishers representatives who show us books to consider using in our courses.  At the right are John and Allie of McGraw-Hill.  John told me that being a publishers representative was the next best job to being a professor.

From 4 pm until 10 pm, the main social activities took place.  First, we all stood around and chatted at the welcome reception held in the hotel main lobby.  Then we took a steamboat tour on the Ohio River.   As the following collage shows, this time we sat around talking.  And eating.  My primary job at the dinner was to take photos.

Tomorrow is a very busy day.

Debit and credit – – David Albrecht


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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


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