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    Executive Affiliate Program FAQ's
    executive affiliate resource posted April 25, 2012 by AAA HQ, last edited April 25, 2012 by Kurt Gardner, tagged executive, professionally qualified 
    Executive Affiliate Program FAQ's

    Executive Affiliate Program

    Frequently Asked Questions

    Please find below some of our most frequently asked questions from Executive Affiliate Program participants. If you have a question that is not found in these FAQ’s, feel free to post it in our Career Center Discussion Forum or contact Kurt Gardner at or (941) 556-4132.

    What is the Executive Affiliate Program?

    • The American Accounting Association has established the Executive Affiliate Program, a bridge between universities with faculty needs and executives from participating firms who would like to continue their professional careers as univsity faculty.

    Do I have to earn a PhD before applying for a teaching position?

    • No. Often with significant number of years of professional experience, a PhD is not required and you could teach either undergrad or graduate classes.

    I will be retiring soon and am considering university teaching. Where could I teach?

    • The first place to start thinking about teaching is with universities that you’ve worked with in the past such as your local university, community colleges, your alma mater, schools where they have prior relationships or contacts either from recruiting or guest lecturing.
    • Many other schools may also be looking for a professional to join their faculty.  If you participate in the American Accounting Association’s Career Center, you can search for and identify jobs for non-tenure track positions.

    Define roles/ranks of professoriate

    • Non-Tenure Track positions are generally for professionals who can bring strong industry knowledge to the classroom, as opposed to Tenure Track positions that have significant research expectations and require a PhD.
    • AQ – Academically Qualified:  This term is used by the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB) to designate faculty that have more of a academic role within the institution.  Although Universities develop their own definition of what it takes to be “academically qualified,” given their mission, criteria often include terminal degrees (such as PhDs) and publications in peer-reviewed, academic journals.
    • PQ – Professionally Qualified:  This term is used by the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business to designate faculty that have more of a practice/professional role within the institution.  Although Universities develop their own definition of what it takes to be “professionally qualified,” given their mission, criteria often include significant accomplishments in the profession and on-going maintenance of certifications. To remain professionally qualified, the faculty member is likely required to continue to participate in practice activities and to continue to engage in the profession.
    • Adjunct faculty:  This term is usually used to identify faculty who are not in a full-time position at the university.

    How do I find out if there are openings for teaching positions?

    • We recommend checking out our job board at the AAA Career Center. Here is a direct link to the list of available positions: AAA Career Center Job Board

    How should I inquire about potential positions that have not been posted to the AAA Career site?

    • We recommend reaching out to the department chair of the institution you’re interested in. If you have difficulty finding that individual, you can contact Kurt Gardner, Career Center Coordinator at the AAA and he will search our records for the department chair information.

    When should I look for openings for teaching positions?

    • Universities normally hire full time positions to begin in the fall semester.  To do this, their recruiting session will start in the prior spring, often extending into the summer.  Schools may also look for people to teach individual classes throughout the year as needs arise.

    What learning programs are available that could assist me in making a transition to teaching?

    • The Conference on Teaching and Learning in Accounting- designed for experienced and new faculty looking for opportunities to refine their teaching talents and perfect their craft in teaching accounting. This year the CTLA will take place on August 4, 2012-August 5, 2012 in Washington DC. For more information click here.
    • AAA Meetings – Throughout the year the AAA holds meetings that will help increase your exposure to the academic community and will offer valuable teaching resources. Click here for Upcoming AAA Meetings.
    • AACSB Bridge Program created to provide a clear path for business leaders to move from the corporate office into the classroom. The program is open to senior-level business professionals of all industries and disciplines that meet the initial requirements for professionally qualified status (PQ) at AACSB accredited schools. For more information click here.

    How much would I earn as a university professor?

    • Salary positions vary widely based upon the amount of teaching, experience, and university.

    What is teaching at the university level really like?

    • Teaching at a university is a multi-faceted role.  It can be very rewarding and exciting – and you can make a big impact on tomorrow’s accountants.
    • Most non-tenure track, full-time faculty will teach between 6 and 10 course sections a year.  This means that a faculty member is in the classroom between 9 and 15 hours per week (and you should count on being able to attend all of your class sessions – missing class can cause issues).  This may sound like a university position doesn’t require much time, but to do it well, faculty will spend a significant amount of time preparing materials for class, meeting with students, and grading student assignments.
    • In addition to teaching, full-time faculty usually are expected to participate in service activities such as Beta Alpha Psi, faculty meetings, and committee meetings.  They may also have administrative responsibilities such as being the program coordinator for the masters program or being an assistant chairperson for the department.
    • In some cases, non-tenure track faculty also have publication responsibilities.  This is not as likely a requirement for someone with significant professional experience (rather than academic), but you may have opportunities to work with colleagues on projects that can inform practice.
    • In all cases, having a faculty role allows for a significant amount of independence and self-direction.  With that flexibility, you are able to bring your experiences to the university and share them with colleagues and students.  This also means, however, that you’ll likely be creating your own presentations, updating your student grade books, and making your own copies – tasks which you may not have done for a while in your professional career.  Your colleagues will be a great resource to help you transition into academia!
    • When you review job postings interview for a position, you’ll learn about the specifics for the position that the university is trying to fill.