Summary by James R. Martin, Ph.D., CMA
Professor Emeritus, University of South Florida
The purpose of this paper is to discuss the implications, suggestions, and resources related to a survey of 231 practicing members of the IMA. The implications for practitioners are as follows:
There is a shortage of academically qualified faculty (i.e., faculty with a doctorate) in the U.S. that is expected to become critical in the near future.
Practitioners support the development of more part-time and distance learning (flexible) doctoral programs and believe they would be of higher quality than traditional programs.
Over sixteen percent of the respondents indicated an interest in teaching full time.
The factors that promoted their interest in teaching included flexible work schedules, satisfaction from helping students, and participation in the development of the accounting profession.
Factors that decreased their interest were the time and cost of pursuing a doctorate, and the perceived lower compensation received by faculty.
Practitioners' perceptions of academic compensation appear to be significantly understated. See AACSB International. 2013. 2012-2013 Salary Survey Reports: Executive Summary. AACSB. (Note).
Many opportunities exist to teach on a part-time basis to see if an academic career in accounting is something you want to pursue.
Other Articles related to the Accounting Doctoral Shortage and Opportunities to Teach Accounting
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