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New AACSB bridge program helps CPAs become accounting faculty to address shortage.

Do you recall that faculty member who along the way encouraged you to pursue an accounting career? With a critical shortage of accounting teachers, it is important for CPAs to return the favor by inspiring future accountants as a business school faculty member.

An article in the June issue of the Journal of Accountancy, "Teaching for the Love of It," profiled successful practitioners who made the career change and are happy for having done it. Some have taken the traditional route by pursuing Ph.D. programs, while others have transitioned directly into teaching careers. AACSB International--the world's premiere business school accrediting organization--has created a program to encourage accountants to bring their valuable, real-world experience into the classroom. The AACSB Bridge Program. a fiveday seminar, helps accounting and business professionals make the transition to the classroom by learning new skills that help them become outstanding teachers. Developed for AACSB by the business schools at University of California, Irvine, and the University of Southern California, the Bridge Program is designed for professionals with a master's degree, 7-10 years of significant firm/industry experience, and, most importantly, a passion for teaching.

The inaugural Bridge Program takes place Oct. 22-27, 2006, at the University of California, Irvine. For more information, visit, send an e-mail to, or call Sail Wakefield at 813/769-6538.
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Publication:CPA Letter
Date:Aug 1, 2006
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