Hartwick’s Wightman Honored for Sweet Course

September 22, 2011

Hartwick College Associate Professor of Accounting Priscilla Wightman has received the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants Bea Sanders/AICPA 2011 Teaching Innovation Award, a national honor recognizing her exceptional teaching.

The award was for a First Year Seminar section of Accounting 101 titled "$Chocolate$: Accounting as a First Year Seminar," which Wightman taught during the Fall 2010 semester. It featured a two-day trip to Hershey, PA, during which students toured the Hershey Company, learned from several Hershey co-executives, and visited the Milton Hershey School. The course used the chocolate industry to contextualize introductory accounting principles, grounding these theories in experiential teaching and learning. The development of the course was supported by a grant from the Mellon Foundation.

The AICPA Pre-Certification Education Executive Committee's Teaching Innovation Task Force chose Wightman's work from among dozens of submissions from across the nation. The Bea Sanders/AICPA Innovation in Teaching Award recognizes and disseminates successful teaching practices in the first sequence of accounting.  Recipients are selected from the pool of accepted submissions to the AAA's Effective Learning Strategies Forum.

"Penny is an extremely talented and dedicated instructor, whose perennial success with students has been deservedly recognized on the national level," said Hartwick Provost and Vice President of Academic Affairs Michael Tannenbaum. "We congratulate her on this latest award, and thank her on behalf of her students for all of her exemplary efforts."

Wightman's interests include timber taxation, corporate social responsibility, and government and not-for profit financial management. She received her bachelor's degree from St. Lawrence University and her master's from SUNY Albany.

The American Institute of Certified Public Accountants (AICPA) is the world's largest association representing the accounting profession, with nearly 370,000 members in 128 countries. AICPA members represent many areas of practice, including business and industry, public practice, government, education and consulting; membership is also available to accounting students and CPA candidates. The AICPA sets ethical standards for the profession and U.S. auditing standards for audits of private companies, non-profit organizations, federal, state and local governments. It develops and grades the Uniform CPA Examination.

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