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July 16, 2009

ULM professor receives lifetime achievement award for accounting education

The premier organization of accountants in the state recently bestowed a Lifetime Achievement in Accounting Education award to Dr. Michelle McEacharn, program chair and professor of accounting at the University of Louisiana at Monroe, where she serves as associate dean in the College of Business.

The Society of Louisiana Certified Public Accountants and the American Institute of CPAs jointly presented the award, which recognizes full-time accounting educators who distinguish themselves as outstanding classroom educators, participate in scholarly research, and who actively contribute to professional organizations.

As recipient of the LCPA award, McEacharn is nominated for the 2009 AICPA National Lifetime Achievement in Accounting Education Award. McEacharn, an endowed George T. Walker Professor of Entrepreneurship, has been involved in accounting education for over 20 years.

“Professor McEacharn is very student friendly, even as she expects her students to meet the highest standards of accounting practice and theory,” said Dr. Ronald Berry, dean of the ULM College of Business Administration.

Berry said McEacharn would also be recognized later in the year by the national association as an outstanding mentor for female faculty members in accounting.

McEacharn was chosen as the Outstanding Educator for the Southwest Region of the American Accounting Association in 2008. She was also the Outstanding Professor for the ULM College of Business in 2004 and received the Outstanding Professor Award from the ULM Beta Gamma Sigma chapter in 2005.

In addition, she was nominated for the American Accounting Association’s Innovation in Accounting Award for her teaching innovation entitled “Game Play in the Audit Learning Environment: Who wants to be an auditor?” Faculty in 20 schools around the country has requested her teaching tool. The LCPA, organized in 1911, is a non-profit, professional association of more than 6,300 CPAs statewide working in public practice, industry, government, and education.

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