At its recent annual conference, the International Assembly for Collegiate Business Education (IACBE) recognized the 2012 recipients of its awards of excellence.
Fielding alumnus Ted Takamura, PhD (HOD ’97), assistant professor at Eastern Oregon University in La Grande, Oregon, was selected as the 2012 recipient of the Excellence in Teaching Award.
The Excellence in Teaching Award recognizes outstanding faculty members from the IACBE community who are accomplished educators and have made meaningful and significant contributions to student learning in a way that advances academic quality in business education.
Takamura’s work in enhancing student retention by integrating the accounting curricula of community colleges and a four-year university has resulted in an increase in the accounting student bases for both entities of over 80%. He initiated and implemented campus-wide curricular overhaul and assessment for all disciplines, including the development of an Accounting Certificate program that qualifies accounting candidates to sit for the standard exams of CPA, CMA, CFE, and CIA, within an 18 month period. Takamura shares his auditing and accounting expertise with transnational nonprofit, private, corporate, and educational organizations and institutions.
The IACBE’s mission is to promote and recognize excellence in business education in institutions of higher education worldwide, at both the undergraduate and graduate levels, through specialized accreditation of business programs.