Message from the Department Head
Greetings to our alumni and friends,
We welcomed back both returning and new students with the start of school on August 17. The extensive construction will likely create some gridlock, but the beautification of campus continues. In AIM, we are excited about the new infusion of faculty talent into our ranks. In this newsletter, I want to introduce our new faculty, provide a program update and make you aware of some upcoming events.
Faculty Hires and Other News
During the 2015-16 academic year, we hired seven new faculty members. Since AIM only has 21 faculty members, we are “onboarding” hires equal to a third of our entire staff. Clearly these new hires will change the face of AIM, both literally and figuratively. On the tenure track side, we hired Linda Myers and James Myers as full, chaired professors, and Kathleen Powers as an assistant professor. As nationally known scholars, we expect the Myerses to add immeasurably to AIM’s scholarly productivity, national reputation and program rankings. Powers earned her Ph.D. from the University of Texas at Austin, one of the premier accounting Ph.D. programs in the nation. These new faculty were featured in the Spring 2016 issue of Indside AIM.
On the non-tenure track side, we hired Alycia Winegardner, Amanda Warren, Somer Chyz and Randy Johnston. Winegardner and Warren both have previous experience in public accounting, while Winegardner also served as CFO for a private company. Chyz is an attorney with both academic and professional experience who will be teaching our business law classes. Johnston is currently a senior partner with EY in Dallas. He taught a MAcc course for AIM this summer, and will be joining us full time in May 2017 upon his retirement from EY.
Finally, James Chyz was promoted to associate professor with tenure this summer. We hope that he is with AIM for many years to come.
Our MAcc program continues to thrive. There were 99 graduates in the class of 2016, and our placement rate was 97 percent. The incoming MAcc class consists of 100 students. Two years ago, the MAcc graduating class was 69 students. My colleagues and I have significantly grown the program without sacrificing quality. In fact, I believe that our student quality is better than ever. In addition to an extremely high placement rate, AIM graduates placed fourth in the nation among public universities based on CPA exam performance during 2015.
At the undergraduate level, demand for our offerings is increasing. I have taught the first intermediate course for more than ten years and the largest cohort I have ever previously taught was 318 students. This year, I welcomed 352 students to ACC 301. Demand for our offerings is surging not because we are easy and fun but because we are rigorous and serious. Fads come and go, but quality never goes out of style.
All the accomplishments noted above require substantial resources far beyond those provided by the state of Tennessee. Our alumni and friends make all the difference. Thank you for all that you do for us. We never take it for granted.
Joseph V. Carcello
Department Head, Accounting and Information Management
EY and Business Alumni Professor