Starting up again after a long break
It's been a long time since my last post. Several things have happened in the meantime. I've been out of the country on sabbatical without much access to the web. Then I spent three weeks in upstate New York, in similar circumstances--the only way to get online was to drive into town and go to the library which was only open between 11 and 4 three days a week. SInce I was helping my daughter with a new baby, that didn't happen much!
What is a sabbatical about anyway? Finding time to refresh oneself, renew the creative juices, and get beyond keeping up with the daily workload to planning something new. A couple of results from that will be implemented at Susquehanna within the next two academic years. More details in the next paragraph. I also have an article accepted for publication and have nearly completed writing a teaching case on the solar energy alternatives. I hope to have this published for other professors to use in their classrooms. The dynamism of the current solar energy market is a great way to explore the advantages and disadvantages of different capital budgeting techniques. Finally, I worked with the Dean and we managed to hire an accountant for our faculty during a time when many schools have hiring freezes! A good deal accomplished in a couple of months!
This fall Susquehanna will implement a new minor in professional accounting. It will allow extended study in the accounting area for those with a different major. We are also preparing a proposal for changes to the major. The plan is to update the auditing course to reflect new exam content and finish designing an additional accounting information systems course,
Today I was asked to serve on a panel for the PICPA at a conference in Hershey on June 25. Many people don't understand the 150 hour rule. As a result, prospective students restrict their college search unnecessarily and prospective employers may not consider well qualified students. There are many ways to address the 150 hour rule, and I applaud this effort by the PICPA to support a broad based conversation about how different schools can contribute. I need to firm up travel return dates from a conference in Lyon, France earlier in June so that I can participate in this conference. I'll keep you posted.
Barbara McElroy is Associate Professor of Accounting and Head of the Department of Accounting and Information Systems at Susquehanna University in Selinsgrove, PA. Before beginning a career in academe, Barbara worked in both public and private accounting settings, and owned several businesses. She is particularly interested in the interaction of accounting and public policy. Barbara will discuss current events with the interest of students, faculty, and practicing professionals in mind.