March 21-22, 2002

 

ITEM 114-2701-R0302                Authorization to Confer the Title of Professor Emeritus of Accounting upon Professor Joanne Sheridan; Montana State University-Billings

 

WHEREAS, Professor Joanne Sheridan has completed a distinguished teaching career of 21 years at Montana State University-Billings, formerly Eastern Montana College:

 

WHEREAS, Professor Sheridan received numerous awards, including the Distinguished Professor Teaching Award (1984), Fulbright Scholarship for study in Southeast Asia (1988), the Outstanding Accounting Educator for the State of Montana (1998 from the Montana Society of CPAs), the Faculty Achievement Award (1999 from MSU-B Foundation), as well as Merit Awards for Teaching for each of the 7 years they were given (1985-1992);

 

WHEREAS, she improved the accounting curriculum by spearheading the revision of both content and pedagogy in the Principles of Accounting series to include a financial information user perspective and an active learning/cooperative learning approach;

 

WHEREAS, she made significant contributions to the areas of teaching, accounting and economic development through publication of numerous articles and paper presentations, including one that received the award for Outstanding Accounting Education Paper (1999 Western Region Meeting of the American Accounting Association);

 

WHEREAS, she served the Accounting Discipline, the College of Business and the University as Department Chair (4 years) and  through service on the University Rank and Tenure Committee (6 years total, 4 years as Chair), Academic Senate (Vice Chair), Executive Committee of the Faculty Association, Faculty and Staff Achievement Fund Drive (Co-Chair), Faculty Director, MSU-B Foundation, Undergraduate Curriculum Committee (Chair), faculty member of the College of Business Advisory Board, and on other committees too numerous to mention;

 

AND WHEREAS, she served the community through involvement with the Human Resource Development Council (Board member and Loan Review Committee), Habitat for Humanity (Community Partner and Family Nurture Committee), Family Tree, Council for the Prevention of Child Abuse (Board member and Treasurer), Big Sky Economic Development Authority (Vice-Chair and Chair);

 

THEREFORE, the Board of Regents, on the recommendation of the Chancellor of Montana State University-Billings, confers upon Professor Joanne Sheridan, the title of Professor Emeritus of Accounting, with all the right, privileges, and responsibilities pertaining thereto.