Cheryl McConnell

Dean-Helzberg School of Management Professor, Accounting at Rockhurst University

Cheryl McConnell

Cheryl McConnell

Dean-Helzberg School of Management Professor, Accounting at Rockhurst University

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Cheryl McConnell, MPA Associate Professor of Accounting Rockhurst University - Helzberg School of Management Cheryl McConnell has been a professor at Rockhurst since 1988. Her areas of expertise include auditing, taxation and accounting education. She has published articles and made conference presentations in the areas of curriculum development, team development, active learning strategies, and student motivation. She has received both the Rockhurst Excellence in Teaching Award and the Missouri Governor’s Award for Excellence in Teaching. Academic Credentials and Professional Certification: -Wichita State University, Master’s of Professional Accountancy, Degree Granted December 1984 -Wichita State University, BBA / Accounting, Degree Granted May 1984 -State of Kansas, Certified Public Accountant, Certificate Awarded 1984 Professional Appointments: -Rockhurst University, Full Professor of Accounting, 2007 - present -Rockhurst University, Associate Professor of Accounting, 1996 - 2007 -Rockhurst University, Assistant Professor of Accounting, 1991 - 1996 -Rockhurst University, Instructor, 1988 – 1991 -Colby Community College, Instructor, 1987-1988 -Arthur Andersen, Senior Accountant, 1985 – 1987 -Wichita State University, Graduate Assistant, 1985-1985 Academic Honors and Awards: -2007 Helzberg School of Management Outstanding Professor of the Year -2007 Helzberg School of Management Perfect Professor Award -1998 Missouri Governor’s Award for Excellence in Teaching -1998 Rockhurst University Excellence in Teaching Award Teaching Responsibilities Primary Teaching Responsibilities: -AC 2000, Financial Accounting -AC 3000, Intermediate Financial Accounting -AC 4500, Principles of Accounting -AC 4750 / 6750, Auditing (Accounting concentration capstone course) Occasional Teaching Responsibilities (since last promotion): -AC 2100, Managerial Accounting -AC 4600 / 6600, Corporate/Partnership Taxation -AC 4650 / 6650, Individual Taxation Published Refereed Journal Articles and Book Chapters (last 5 year period only): -“Using a Common Experience to Teach Introductory Managerial Accounting, Journal of Instructional Pedagogies, Volume 4, 2010 (with Gail King). -“Student Reading Strategies and Textbook Use: An Inquiry Into Economics and Accounting Courses”, Research in Higher Education Journal, Volume 3, May 2009 (with Laura Fitzpatrick). -“Course Embedded Assessment and Assurance of Learning: Examples in Business Disciplines”, accepted for Journal of Educational Leadership, Volume 12, Number 3, 2008 (with Gail Hoover and Gerald Miller). -“Improving Course Level Student Learning and Teaching Through Course-Embedded Assessment: Examples in Accounting”, Business Education Forum, Volume 62, Number 1, October 2007, pages 19 – 22 (with Gail Hoover). -“Motivating the Reluctant, Novice Learner: Principles of Macroeconomics”, Journal of Economics and Economic Education Research, Volume 7, Number 2, 2006, pages 23 -45 (with Laura Fitzpatrick and Craig Sasse). -“The 21st Century Board: Structure, Responsibility, Assessment”, Journal of Leadership & Organizational Studies, Volume 11, Number 3, 2005, pages 62 – 71 (with Richard Hall and Tim Keane). Presentations, Workshops, Seminars, Panels (last 5 year period only): -“The Novice Learner's Approach to Reading the Textbook,” Effective Learning Strategies session at the National American Accounting Association Conference, New York. August 4, 2009 (with Gail Hoover King). -“The Joys and Pitfalls of Using e-Portfolios for Assessment,” Effective Learning Strategies session and the National American Accounting Association Conference, Anaheim, California, August 4, 2008 (with Gail Hoover King). -“Creating Rubrics to Enhance & Access Student Learning.” Accounting Educators Seminar, Overland Park, Kansas, March 2008 (with Gail Hoover King).
-“Introduction to Using Course Embedded Assessment”, 3-hour CPE workshop at the National American Accounting Association annual meeting, August 5, 2007 (with Gail Hoover). -“Implementing Course Embedded Assessment”, 3-hour CPE workshop at the National American Accounting Association annual meeting, August 5, 2007 (with Gail Hoover). -“Ethics in the Curriculum: Using CEA to Evaluate Ethics Assignments”, Effective Learning Strategies session at the National American Accounting Association annual meeting, August 5, 2007 (with Gail Hoover). -“Using a Homework Management System for Student Success”, 6th Annual Accounting Educators’ Seminar, March 2, 2007 (with Patricia Williams from Friends University). -“How Students use the Textbook in Introductory Courses: An Inquiry into Microeconomics and Financial Accounting Courses”, 2005 Missouri Valley Economic Association Annual Meeting, October 28, 2005 (with Laura Fitzpatrick). -“Assessment of Learning in the context of AACSB’s Assurance of Learning Standards”, American Accounting Association Teaching & Curriculum Section Panel, Ohio Region 2005 Meeting, April 30, 2005.-“Getting Students to Read the Textbook”, 4th Annual Accounting Educators’ Seminar, March 4, 2005 (with Gail Hoover).
Presentations, Workshops or Seminars on the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning (last 5 year period only): -“Moving SoTL Projects Forward: Methodologies and Literature Searches”, 2007 National CASTL Institute Workshop, June 8, 2007 (with Anita Salem). -“Narrowing SoTL Questions”, 2007 National CASTL Institute Workshop, June 8, 2007 (with Anita Salem). -“Developing Scholars of Teaching and Learning through Course Embedded Assessment”, 2006 International Society for the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning Conference, November 10, 2006 (with Steven Brown and Renee Michael). -“Balancing Quantitative and Qualitative Approaches”, 2006 National CASTL Institute Workshop, June 9, 2006 (With Alice Thomas from Howard University and Lendol Calder from Augustana University). -“Contextualizing Your Inquiry and Designing Your Research Methodology”, 2006 National CASTL Institute Workshop, June 9, 2006 (With Anita Salem and Steven Brown). -“Balancing Quantitative and Qualitative Approaches to the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning”, 2005 CASTL Institute Workshop, June 10, 2005 (with Kathleen Perkins from Columbia College Chicago and Alice Thomas from Howard University). -“Framing and Re-Framing Your Questions”, 2005 CASTL Institute Workshop, June 10, 2005 (with Craig Sasse). -“Local and Regional Collaborative Programs Supporting Scholarship of Teaching and Learning Scholars”, 2005 National Colloquium on the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning, March 16, 2005 (with Kathleen Perkins from Columbia College Chicago). Major University Service and Leadership Positions: -Chair, Rockhurst University Faculty Senate, 2010 – present -University Planning and Budgeting Committee, 2006 to present -Director, Center for Teaching Excellence, 2001 – 2004 -President’s Task Force on Leadership, 2003 – 2005 -Committee on Rockhurst Assessment, 2001 to 2005; 1994 to 1998 -Rank & Tenure, 1997 to 2000 Major Helzberg School of Management Service and Leadership Positions: -Faculty Chair, 2009 - present -Chair, Division of Decision Sciences, 2005 – 2009 -Accounting Discipline Coordinator, 2001 – 2005 -Undergraduate Curriculum and Assessment Committee, 2001 – present -Assurance of Learning Committee, 2002 - present -Academic Chair, MBA Program, 1999 to 2001 -Faculty Chair, School of Management, 1997-98 -Academic Chair, Undergraduate Business Programs, 1996-1998 -School of Management Curriculum Committee, 1994 to 2001 Service to Students: -Active participant in Admissions and Recruiting Activities -HSOM representative on faculty panels - Individual meetings with prospective students and parents -Career advice to accounting concentration students Service to Profession: Leader of Mentoring Scholars of Teaching and Learning Initiative, sponsored and supported by the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching 2002-2008 Six educational institutions work together to plan, organize, deliver, and assess the annual National CASTL (Carnegie Academy for the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning) Institute that develops scholars of teaching and learning. Each year, approximately 28 faculty members from across the country have their scholarship or teaching and learning works-in-progress mentored at the Institute, and approximately 150 other faculty members attend the Institute to learn more about how to do the work.

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Rockhurst University Who we are Founded by the Jesuits in 1910, Rockhurst is a comprehensive university that offers more than 50 undergraduate and graduate programs taught by nationally recognized faculty. Rockhurst emphasizes learning, leadership and service. Mission Rockhurst University exists to transform lives by creating a learning community centered on excellence in undergraduate liberal education and graduate education. Rockhurst is Catholic and Jesuit, involved in the life and growth of the city and the region, and committed to the service of the contemporary world. Academics The Jesuit tradition of focus on individual dignity runs through the curriculum, which is based on the seven classical modes of inquiry: artistic, historical, literary, philosophical, theological, scientific relational and scientific causal. Accolades Rockhurst University has been ranked among the top master's universities in the Midwest by U.S. News & World Report. It also has been ranked among the nation's top 30 wireless college campuses by Intel. Rockhurst is the only institution in the Kansas City area to have earned the community engagement classification from the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching. Faculty A 12:1 student-faculty ratio fosters rich campus discussions and wide opportunities for student research. Average class size is 24 students. Professors, as opposed to graduate teaching assistants, teach freshman courses. Ninety-two percent of full-time faculty hold the highest degree in their field. View our Student/Faculty Videos for more information. Commitment to Service Students receive two transcripts when they graduate–one for academic work and another for their service activities. Each year, Rockhurst’s Center for Service Learning matches student volunteers with more than 100 local organizations in need. Rockhurst students give more than 30,000 hours annually in service to others. Distinction In 2003, the prestigious Carnegie Foundation named Rockhurst as one of 12 national leadership sites for the scholarship of teaching and learning. In 2006, Rockhurst was selected as one of 12 colleges and universities nationwide to lead an effort to improve teaching in higher education. And most recently, in 2010, the foundation recognized the University for the strength of its community outreach efforts by awarding Rockhurst its community engagement classification. Rockhurst is the only institution in the Kansas City area to have earned this high honor. Alumni While more than half of Rockhurst's 25,000 alumni live in the Kansas City metropolitan area, every state in the U.S. and many foreign countries are influenced by the Rockhurst alumni who live there. Rockhurst graduates serve as executive leaders for major companies and organizations in Kansas City and throughout the country

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Rockhurst University’s Helzberg School of Management prepares leaders like you to make a positive difference in the world. It’s more than just business education as usual – it’s business with a conscience. That’s why we educate and develop leaders based upon the Jesuit tradition of learning, leadership and service.

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Rockhurst University Who we are Founded by the Jesuits in 1910, Rockhurst is a comprehensive university that offers more than 50 undergraduate and graduate programs taught by nationally recognized faculty. Rockhurst emphasizes learning, leadership and service. Mission Rockhurst University exists to transform lives by creating a learning community centered on excellence in undergraduate liberal education and graduate education. Rockhurst is Catholic and Jesuit, involved in the life and growth of the city and the region, and committed to the service of the contemporary world. Academics The Jesuit tradition of focus on individual dignity runs through the curriculum, which is based on the seven classical modes of inquiry: artistic, historical, literary, philosophical, theological, scientific relational and scientific causal. Accolades Rockhurst University has been ranked among the top master's universities in the Midwest by U.S. News & World Report. It also has been ranked among the nation's top 30 wireless college campuses by Intel. Rockhurst is the only institution in the Kansas City area to have earned the community engagement classification from the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching. Faculty A 12:1 student-faculty ratio fosters rich campus discussions and wide opportunities for student research. Average class size is 24 students. Professors, as opposed to graduate teaching assistants, teach freshman courses. Ninety-two percent of full-time faculty hold the highest degree in their field. View our Student/Faculty Videos for more information. Commitment to Service Students receive two transcripts when they graduate–one for academic work and another for their service activities. Each year, Rockhurst’s Center for Service Learning matches student volunteers with more than 100 local organizations in need. Rockhurst students give more than 30,000 hours annually in service to others. Distinction In 2003, the prestigious Carnegie Foundation named Rockhurst as one of 12 national leadership sites for the scholarship of teaching and learning. In 2006, Rockhurst was selected as one of 12 colleges and universities nationwide to lead an effort to improve teaching in higher education. And most recently, in 2010, the foundation recognized the University for the strength of its community outreach efforts by awarding Rockhurst its community engagement classification. Rockhurst is the only institution in the Kansas City area to have earned this high honor. Alumni While more than half of Rockhurst's 25,000 alumni live in the Kansas City metropolitan area, every state in the U.S. and many foreign countries are influenced by the Rockhurst alumni who live there. Rockhurst graduates serve as executive leaders for major companies and organizations in Kansas City and throughout the country

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