AICPA Honors Kent State Professor of Accounting Wendy Tietz with Innovation in Teaching Award



KENT, Ohio – For the fourth time, Wendy Tietz, Ph.D., professor of accounting at Kent State University's College of Business Administration, was recognized for her innovations in teaching accounting by the American Institute of CPAs (AICPA).


This is Tietz’s fourth year of being honored by the AICPA. She won the prestigious Bea Sanders/AICPA Innovation in Teaching Award in 2014 and 2017, earned an honorable mention in 2018 and received the 2019 Bea Sanders/AICPA Teaching Innovation Honorable Mention Award.


The AICPA annually recognizes professors who develop and utilize innovative teaching tools. This year, nine professors, including Tietz, were lauded for their unique and influential curricula.


AICPA’s Academic Executive Committee’s Teaching Innovation Task Force chooses award recipients based on their presentations during the American Accounting Association’s Annual Meeting. This year’s meeting took place in August 2019 in San Francisco.


Tietz' presentation at the meeting, “Data Analytics Projects for Introductory Accounting Using Excel, Tableau, and Power BI,” was crafted with two co-authors and featured data analytic projects for introductory financial and managerial accounting courses. The projects, which used Excel, Tableau and Power BI, included data sets, student handouts, step-by-step tutorial videos, grading rubrics and assessment questions.


"I enjoy creating new and unique curricula every year,” said Tietz. "It is an honor to have my passions be recognized and rewarded."


Tietz holds the CPA (Certified Public Accountant), CMA (Certified Management Accountant) and is certified in (CSCA) Strategy and (CGMA) Competitive Analysis and Chartered Global Management Accountant. She has been a member of the College of Business Administration faculty since 2000.


Tietz also previously received the Jim Bulloch Award for Innovations in Management Accounting Education, awarded by the Management Accounting section of the American Accounting Association.


She is a member of the American Accounting Association, the Institute of Management Accountants, the American Institute of CPAs and Association of International Certified Professional Accountants and the Sustainability Accounting Standards Board Alliance. She has published articles in journals such as Issues in Accounting Education, Accounting Education: An International Journal, IMA Educational Case Journal and Journal of Accounting & Public Policy. She regularly presents at AAA regional and national meetings. Tietz is interested in the power of storytelling, interactivity and social media as educational practices to promote engagement and understanding. She is co-author of two accounting textbooks, Financial Accounting by Thomas, Tietz & Harrison, 12th edition, Pearson Publishing, 2018; and Managerial Accounting, by Braun & Tietz, 5th edition, Pearson Publishing, 2016.


Tietz earned a Ph.D. from Kent State University and Master of Business Administration and Bachelor of Science in Accountancy degrees from The University of Akron.

Kent State College of Business Administration
Kent State University’s College of Business Administration is among the fewer than 1% of business schools worldwide to obtain dual AACSB accreditation in both business and accounting.


The Kent State College of Business Administration ranks as one of the nation’s Best Business Schools by Princeton Review. The College is committed to sustainability as an advanced Principles for Responsible Management Education (PRME) signatory and is recognized by the Sales Education Foundation as a top university for professional sales education.



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POSTED: Tuesday, October 15, 2019 - 2:22pm