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KU Prof Receives Excellence in Teaching Award from KU Alumni Association

August 31, 2012

Alex Ogeka, Director of Alumni Engagement, Associate Professor Thomas J. Grant, Dr. F. Javier Cevallos, president of Kutztown University

From left: Alex Ogeka, Director of Alumni Engagement; Associate Professor Thomas J. Grant; and Dr. F. Javier Cevallos, President of Kutztown University

KUTZTOWN, Pa - Kutztown University and the Kutztown University Alumni Association honored associate professor of accounting, Thomas J. Grant, with the Arthur and Isabel Wiesenberger Faculty Award for Excellence in Teaching. KU president Dr. F. Javier Cevallos and Alumni Engagement director, Alex Ogeka, presented Grant with the award during the Opening Day Gathering on August 24.

The award, which included a prize of $2,000 and a plaque, is granted annually to a faculty member who demonstrates distinguished achievement in teaching, academic excellence, research, publication and curriculum development.

Grant teaches undergraduate and graduate level courses for the accounting major at KU. He serves as the NCAA Faculty Athletics Representative for the university.

Grant served three terms as the chairperson of the Accounting & Finance Department between 1996 and 2008. During this time, the department grew in both its number of majors and the size of its faculty. Through the efforts of the department and one of its faculty members, Professor David Wagaman (himself a former Wiesenberger Award winner), many internships were established with local businesses, particularly accounting firms in the Reading and Allentown areas. Also during this time (and through the considerable efforts of the department's administrative assistant, Donna DeLong) the department made great strides in developing advising materials and in updating its curriculum to meet the needs of local businesses and of the accounting profession.

In recent years, Grant has helped other departments develop accounting courses for their majors. This has been done for the Sports Management program (in 2007) and for the Professional Studies program (in 2012).

In addition to his teaching and service to the university, Grant has been very active in the scholarly activity area, with six peer-reviewed journal articles in the past three years. His articles appear in such publications as "The CPA Journal," "Accounting Instructors' Report" and "New Accountant." In the spring, Grant will teach an Accounting Survey course for the Department of Professional Studies.

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