Dr. Guragai teaches government and not-for-profit accounting for the Master of Accountancy Program at the University of Nevada, Reno. His primary research area is archival/capital markets research in financial and governmental accounting and reporting. He has published peer-reviewed co-authored articles in many respected journals, including Journal of Information Systems, Advances in Accounting, Advances in Management Accounting, and Accounting Research Journal.
Dr. Guragai has taught multiple sections of Principles of Financial Accounting, Principles of Managerial Accounting, Intermediate Accounting I, Intermediate Accounting II, and Accounting for Governmental and Not for profit organizations. He graduated with a Ph.D. in Accounting from the University of North Texas and is a Certified Public Accountant (CPA) registered with the Texas State Board of Public Accountancy. Dr. Guragai is also a member of the American Accounting Association.
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When did you first know you wanted to enter your field?
After completing my MS in Accounting, I worked for Texas Comptroller’s Office as a Tax Auditor. While working there, I realized that I really enjoyed educating taxpayers and learning tax codes and other incidentals. It was then that I decided to pursue my PHD in Accounting, allowing me to teach full time.
What are you currently most passionate about in terms of your work or research?
I am passionate about helping students understand different accounting processes and also helping them succeed in their careers. In terms of research, I am most passionate about understanding the role accounting numbers play in capital markets.
What are some research initiatives you plan to embark on in the near future?
I am currently working with various coauthors on a number of projects dealing with the capital market consequences of financial information as well as a presentation formats of the financial statements. I plan to pursue more projects dealing with governmental accounting and reporting in the near future.
What excites you most about teaching in an online setting?
Technological advances have enabled students to pursue different degrees from different universities that are miles away from their home. This has created an interesting teaching environment for us instructors. With online teaching comes many educational challenges and that really excites me.
What are some emerging innovations or industry trends that are changing the way you approach teaching and your research?
Current technological changes have increased the importance of big data. Data analytics has become an integral part of the accounting curriculum. MAcc instructors are trying as much as possible to integrate information technology topics in their online classes to help students prepare for their success in this changing environment.
What are some ways the UNR curriculum aligns with your teaching and philosophies?
My main teaching philosophy is to prepare students to succeed in their career choices by providing them with the required critical thinking and analytical skills. I believe the UNR curriculum stresses on that same philosophy.
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