Sonja Pippen, PHD, Director UNR Master of Accountancy, University of Nevada, Reno

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Professor Sonja Pippin first knew she wanted to enter the accounting profession during her first class at Texas Tech University. Prior to enrollment, she had never heard of accounting before, let alone knew the field existed and that one could achieve a graduate degree. Her goals during this time were to eventually achieve an MBA while serving as a teaching assistant in German for the Foreign Language Department.

Learning the basics was all it took to hook her into becoming a lifelong learner and teacher of the profession. An achieved Ph.D later, Professor Pippin now teaches the very same intro course at the University of Nevada, Reno.

Take a look at a recent interview with Dr.Pippin on her experience in the space of higher-education and Accounting profession.

What are you currently most passionate about in terms of your work or research?

The interaction with current and former students is still the best part of the job. I love talking about accounting topics and helping them with their assignments. But in the end, getting students through school, to graduation, and then following their career is extremely rewarding.

What are some research initiatives you plan to embark on in the near future?

I have many ideas but I don’t know how much time I’ll have to actually work on them. I would like to learn more about unintended consequences of the new Tax Act. I’m also interested in foreign tax issues – the United States has a very interesting tax structure using a worldwide tax system. No other country uses this type of system. Furthermore I would like to study some of the new requirements imposed on candidates who are planning on sitting for the CPA exam. Most recently, introducing additional ethics requirements has changed how we design our curricula. I wonder what this does to the profession and accounting education.

What excites you most about teaching in an online setting?

I’m actually not scheduled to teach any courses in the online program – for now. (This can still change as the program grows.) That said, I’ve been teaching online courses for many years now. I do like the challenge of making an online class as interesting and interactive as the live class.

What are some emerging innovations or industry trends that are changing the way you approach teaching and your research?

Accounting and tax are subjects that change constantly because of the introduction of new accounting rules and tax laws. As instructors, we need to stay on top of the most recent developments to make sure our graduates are prepared for careers in public accounting, as corporate accountants, in governmental positions or not-for-profits.

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