Notre Dame academic receives Teaching, Learning and Curriculum Award

02 July 2020

Congratulations to Amitav Saha, Senior Lecturer, in the School of Business Sydney, on winning the Teaching, Learning and Curriculum Award for his paper presented at the American Accounting Association (AAA) Western Region Virtual Conference held on 11/12 June, 2020.

Amitav’s paper titled, “Improving the Employability of Accounting Graduates Using a Reflective Learning Framework” has been awarded the American Accounting Association’s Teaching, Learning and Curriculum award for the Western Region. The AAA was founded in 1916 and is the largest community of accounting academics in the world.

Amitav recently presented his paper at the AAA’s inaugural virtual conference. His paper was accepted for presentation following a double-blind peer review process. One of the anonymous peer reviewers wrote:

The ideas presented in this paper are refreshing and provide an interesting approach to teaching accounting students. Overall, I believe the paper does contribute to a very important discussion of utilizing high impact practices in the classroom for accounting students.

The award committee reviewed all the accepted papers for best paper awards and chose his paper for the Teaching, Learning and Curriculum award. The award attracts an official certificate and a monitory stipend.

Amitav argues in his paper that sole and disintegrated initiatives are not adequate to improve the overall employability of accounting graduates and calls for significant enhancement of the traditional teaching model. He proposes an innovative learning framework that focuses on continuous reflection and problem-based learning. The framework addresses some of the challenges of traditional teaching models and will help future accounting graduates acquire highly desired soft skills. Amitav argues that students studying under the learning framework can grow in a structured and disciplined way to ensure they develop the skills desired by employers.

Adding to Amitav’s recent success at the AAA conference is the announcement that he has also won a highly competitive research grant of $5,000 from the Accounting and Finance Association of Australia and New Zealand (AFAANZ) to conduct an international study on corporate social responsibility. Amitav and his team will be examining longitudinal data from some 30 countries to shed some light on whether companies benefit from a high level of commitment to corporate social responsibility.

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