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Those Who Inspired Us

  • Robert D Allen
    Dr. Owen Cherrington1100%
    inspiration last edited February 10, 2012 by Robert D Allen 
    Dr. Owen Cherrington

    At one point, I had the opportunity to work for Dr. Cherrington as a Teaching Assistant for a LARGE section of Introductory Financial Accounting.  One day, just after he'd given the mid-term exam and I'd fininshed helping with the grading, he gave me a short list of names of people from the class.  He asked me to look up their contact information and give it to him so that he could contact them.  When I asked about it, he indicated that they weren't doing particularly well in the class and that they had also missed some classes.  He wanted to speak with them personally to determine if they were okay and if there was anything he could do to be helpful to them.  His willingness to seek out the students who were struggling, even though it was a very large class, was inspiring to me. 

  • Julie Smith David
    Dr. Mullins1
    inspiration last edited February 10, 2012 by Julie Smith David 
    Dr. Mullins

    Dr. Mullins had a huge impact on my life, and I can identify three specific events that have influenced the type of professor I became.

    First, Dr. Mullins taught a TV-course during the early 1980's.  The class was taken by thousands of students, but only 40 of us had the pleasure of being in the "live section," and who got to interact with him directly.  He was very kind to the students in the studio, and he worked hard to have us "act naturally" to get the most out of the class - and to make it seem more interactive for those who were watching on TV.  He really connected with students - even in a VERY difficult type of class.

    Second, he was willing to take risks.  The most memorable class he taught was about Copernicus.  He came dressed as the scientist, and spent the entire class in character - explaining why he was sure the earth wasn't the center of the universe - all the while looking over his shoulder for the officials who would surely burst in and take him away.

    Finally, during the third course I took, we were supposed to prick our fingers to get a blood sample to test.  I have a bad fear of needles, and so I asked if I could be exempt from the activity.  Because I had gotten to know him, and had done well in class, he leaned over and said if I was willing to explain some of the concepts, I could stand with him during the "blood letting."  I learned that he was flexible - and compassionate.

    I kept in touch with Dr. Mullins for many years.  The last time I e-mailed him, he remembered where I had sat, what we had done, and it made me realize just how much he cared about the thousands and thousands of students he taught - and it touched me deeply!

  • Susan V Crosson
    Accounting Faculty: Caldwell, Guy, Holder, Mann, Malloy,...
    inspiration last edited May 8, 2010 by Susan V Crosson 
    Accounting Faculty: Caldwell, Guy, Holder, Mann, Malloy, Williams, Williams

    The energy and enthusiasm of the accounting faculty inspired me when I arrived at Texas Tech University.  I was there because my husband was earning his PhD and I was an internal auditor for the university.  One of my job perks was the ability to take a class each term.  So in three years I could earn my MAcc.  An aspiration that I did not believe was possible for me due to having lead a very balanced life as an undergrad.  But Jim Caldwell, Day Guy, Bill Holder, Hershel Mann, John Malloy, Jan Williams, and Doyle Williams took a chance on me, a non-traditional, part-time student.

    I did not know then about the impact these individuals would have on accounting education over their careers.  All I knew was they welcomed me into their classes with strong pedagogy and an open office door.  I remember the joy in the halls when they had research articles accepted for publication.  I saw their core  commitment to being accounting education stewards through their service to local, state, and national organizations and initiatives.  They were and are my standard of excellence, my professional role models for what I strive for in my career as an accounting academic.   I am blessed to having learned from these Texas Tech professors more than course content but what it means to be an academic professional.  What better or more worthy pursuit is there?  All I know is that I learned from the masters how to lead a rewarding and satisfying life as an accounting faculty member.