by Geoff Larcom, Published October 04, 2010
YPSILANTI – An Eastern Michigan University professor has been honored as the state's top college educator in accounting by the Michigan Association of CPAs.
Daniel Brickner, a professor in Eastern's College of Business, is this year's recipient of the association's annual Accounting Teaching Excellence Award.
The winner is chosen from nominees at community colleges, colleges and universities in Michigan who have made contributions to the education of accounting students.
"Such an educator indelibly marks the professional bearing and competence of his or her students," says the association in describing the award.
"It is an honor to be selected as this year's recipient of the Teaching Excellence Award," Brickner said. "Being recognized by such a prominent, external organization validates the innovative, applied and global educational experience that we strive to provide within the College of Business and department of accounting & finance at EMU."
Brickner cited the supportive and collegial work environment he says he enjoys at the College of Business.
"The emphasis that EMU places on quality teaching has certainly had a positive effect on my career, and on my development as an educator," he said.
Brickner said the award is especially meaningful because the nomination came from his former students.
"It is truly rewarding to feel like you are making a difference in your students' lives and careers," he said.
Said Dave Mielke, dean of the College of Business: "Dan continues the strong tradition we have at EMU for teaching excellence. He consistently earns the highest evaluations from our students, and the nomination emphasizes the impact he has made."
Brickner has taught at Eastern for nearly eleven years. He received his bachelor's degree from Cleveland State University and his master's and doctorate from Kent State University. He is a CPA who previously worked as a financial statement auditor at the Cleveland office of Ernst & Young.