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Accounting professor honored with two teaching excellence awards
Monday, October 21, 2013
Accounting professor honored with two teaching excellence awards
This fall, two organizations recognized Oakland University Accounting Professor Gadis "Buck" Dillon's valuable impact on students and his profession with teaching excellence awards.

The Michigan Association of Certified Public Accountants (MACPA) awarded Dr. Dillon its 2013 Accounting Teaching Excellence Award on September 30. The MACPA award recognizes educators who excel in teaching accounting and promoting the profession.

The Rochester Regional Chamber of Commerce bestowed Dillon with its Educator of the Year Award at its 2013 Sunrise Pinnacle Award event October 11. The Rochester Chamber presents this award annually to an educator in the greater Rochester area who has developed innovative programming showing measurable results in raising student subject enthusiasm and achievement.

"I am extremely honored to receive these awards," Dr. Dillon said. "During my 26 years at Oakland, I hope and believe that I have made a positive contribution to the accounting profession in Michigan and have helped many students develop into successful professionals."

Dr. Dillon is committed to helping students realize - then reach - their educational and career goals. From creating and sustaining active, successful student organizations, introducing high school students to accounting careers and college opportunities, to guiding students in gaining professional development opportunities and seeking out financial assistance through scholarship, the impact of Dr. Dillon's mentorship is immense.

"Since Dr. Dillon's arrival (at Oakland University) in 1987, he played an instrumental role in raising the academic standards for our accounting students," said Mohinder Parkash, chair, OU Department of Accounting and Finance in the School of Business Administration. "Through his influence, the curriculum is innovative, current and relevant and, without any reservation, our graduates are well prepared for careers in public accounting, industry and government."

His influence can be seen throughout the business school's accounting program.

"Learning does not end when the student leaves the classroom," Dr. Dillon said. "I certainly expect my students to understand the classroom material, but the business community seeks more than just discipline-specific technical competence. Professional maturity is essential. Accordingly, I have worked to provide professional development/professional maturity experiences for my students outside the classroom. Many students have embraced the opportunity for professional development. I believe this is my greatest contribution."

As a trustee with the Michigan Accountancy Foundation, Dr. Dillon often encourages OU students to apply for scholarships the foundation awards to accounting students for their fifth year of education, a requirement for CPA exam and certification.

In his role as a researcher, Dr. Dillon has focused on identifying student characteristics valued by CPA and industry recruiters. His expertise helped OU's business school create the ACHIEVE program, which helps guide students toward their ideal career.

"Dr. Dillon's service to the school, university and community is, in many ways, no different than his commitment to the students' education and their career development," Dr. Parkash said.

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