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Letter From the Chair

We are featuring our study abroad programs in this issue of Accounting Times. Many of the stories talk about the experiences our students have in Paris, Prague, Buenos Aires, or in locations through BBA programs in Budapest, and Croatia.

But as I write this letter from oxford University in England where I will present a research paper tomorrow, I appreciate the “study abroad” experiences we faculty enjoy. Last week I was the keynote speaker at the Multidisciplinary Accounting Conference at Sabanci University on the Anatolia side of Istanbul, following a visit to speak to students at Bogazici University on the European side of Istanbul. These experiences are important to learn about teaching and research by colleagues elsewhere, and learn first-hand about global business, cultural, and economic conditions. Trips like these are paid for by our hosts, because the knowledge creation at The University of Texas at Austin is in high demand globally.

Included inside is a feature on a cross- border collaboration with the University of Waterloo. Like UT-Austin, Waterloo is a national (Canadian) accounting powerhouse that similarly enjoys a strong taxation reputation. We co-hosted the first biennial taxation conference in September 2014, and we look forward to being in Canada for the second conference in 2016.

Many of our research colleagues accept international research invitations with even greater regularity than I do. Examples include Lisa Koonce, invited to host a PhD Seminar in Behavioral Accounting research at Bern University earlier this summer; and Michael Williamson, who conducted workshops this past October at both the Maastricht University in the Netherlands and Technische Universität München in Germany.

In addition, we benefit from visiting scholars joining us from abroad each year. recent scholastic guests include Katlijn Haesebrouck from the KU Leuven, Stephan Kramer from the Rotterdam School of Management, Sebastian Kronenberger from the University of Graz and Carlos Godoy from the University of São Paolo.

How can you help UT’s Department of Accounting increase its global footprint? In another year, Jim Deitrick will retire, and in honor of his teaching excellence, alumni and colleagues are contributing to an endowed scholarship in his name for study abroad. We have already raised $70,000 of a goal of $125,000. you can close this gap! Inside this edition, you can learn more.

Visiting the ancient palaces and places of worship in Turkey, and the antiquities in the British Museum, I was awed and yet reminded of robin Williams’ caution to his students in Dead Poets Society “gather ye rosebuds while ye may; Seize the day, boys.” Educators have the wonderful legacy of all the students we teach. I hope you remember the favorite teacher that lit the flame of learning for you.

Education is not the filling of a pail, but the lighting of a fire.
– William Butler Yeats