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Sneathen Named Outstanding Educator of the Year

The Educational Foundation of the Georgia Society of CPAs (GSCPA) has named L. Dwight Sneathen, Jr., Ph.D., associate professor of accounting, as its Outstanding Accounting Educator of the Year. The Foundation presents the Outstanding Accounting Educator of the Year award to a member in good standing with the GSCPA who has at least ten years of experience as a full-time accounting educator and who has made significate contributions to accounting education, and/or have had a significant impact on the lives of their students.

In announcing his award, the Society noted Sneathen’s many contributions to accounting education including service as program director for the MAcc programs and faculty advisor for Beta Alpha Psi; coordination of the delivery of the Junior Achievement program to Middle Schools throughout Bulloch County, receipt of Professor of the Year in 2007 and 2011 by the accounting students at Georgia Southern University; recognition as the Volunteer of the Year by Junior Achievement in 2012; receipt of the 2022 of the Michael W. Skinner School of Accountancy Excellence Award for his excellent teaching and service to the School of Accountancy; his work putting together School of Accountancy’s 2022 Meet the Firms event; meeting with each of his Intermediate I students via Zoom on a one-to-one basis to discuss their career aspirations and guiding them to navigate the years ahead to achieve their goals while the University was closed due to the pandemic.

According to the GSCPA, “the extra 25+ hours that [Sneathen] spends outside of the classroom as he pours into the lives of his students demonstrates his dedication and the impact he has on the lives of his students.” Sneathen’s other meritorious contributions include volunteering for Conversations with Professors (CWP) for more than ten years; constantly working with students, encouraging them to work towards certification and champions the CPA review course; seeking out new material and methods of keeping students engaged by pulling current events and happenings in the profession into class and ensuring that every student has what they need to succeed in the program. In addition, Sneathen has been the point of contact in the School of Accountancy for firms seeking to recruit students for several years. He maintains excellent relationships with recruiters, leading to job opportunities, internships, firm socials/special events, interviews, meets and greets, summer leadership programs, and scholarships for Parker College students.

Maliece Whatley, senior lecturer of accounting, was pleased to be able to present this award to her Parker College colleague.


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