Accounting professor honored for teaching excellence

imageDr. Florence Kirk, an associate professor of accounting, is the 2005 recipient of the SUNY Oswego President’s Award for Teaching Excellence.

“Dr. Kirk’s primary teaching assignment in recent years has been the two-course sequence in intermediate accounting . . .  universally recognized by accountants to be the most difficult,” wrote accounting, finance and law department chair Dean Crawford. Still, “she consistently scores at or near the top of the department in student satisfaction surveys,” he said, while maintaining a level of rigor that has made Oswego the “dominant supplier of accounting graduates for the Central New York region.”

Her innovations in the curriculum include accounting laboratory classes and a graduate class in accounting theory, which are now program requirements.

Her research focuses on student learning. A recent paper co-authored with colleague Charles Spector, “Factors Affecting Student Achievement in Cost Accounting,” won the Distinguished Research Award at the Allied Academics 2004 Fall International Conference.

As founding faculty adviser, Kirk was responsible for the installation of a chapter of Beta Alpha Psi, the accounting honor society, at SUNY Oswego last month. Last year, Oswego’s was the only provisional chapter to earn “distinguished chapter” status. She is also faculty adviser to the student Accounting Society. She advises between 45 and 60 students a semester.

“Dr. Kirk is an intelligent, highly dedicated professional, whose goals include seeing her family of students succeed not only in college, but in life,” wrote Nathan Hunter, a 2004 graduate who is now an accountant with Dannible & McKee.

“She is consistently the first person to work in the morning, and the last to leave at night; because she has stayed late to help students, to research new material that might give her students a competitive edge in their career, to develop new teaching techniques that might communicate to students better, or just to get to know them a little better on a personal level,” he said.

She participates in campus programs to mentor new faculty and advise freshmen. Each year she attends professional events with students, such as the Syracuse chapter of the Society of Certified Public Accountants student awards dinner and American Association of Women Accountants student night.

Kirk joined Oswego’s faculty in 1993 after teaching for five years at Syracuse University, where MBA students voted her “faculty of the year” in 1992. She earned her doctorate from Cornell University’s Johnson Graduate School of Management.

For more information on Oswego professors who earned awards this spring, visit the Faculty Achievers page.

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(Posted: May 04, 2005)