My name is Jason S. and I am currently an Assistant Professor of Accounting at Ferrum College. I have been a full-time professor for 4 years but have been teaching for about 11 years. I hold a bachelor and a master’s degree from Michigan State University and graduated in May 2003. After graduation, I worked as an auditor for a company called Plante Moran until 2008. I am a CPA in the State of Michigan and also hold a CFE license. I have taught many courses over the years including financial accounting, managerial accounting, cost accounting, intermediate accounting, governmental accounting, information systems, and auditing. I pretty much teach everything but tax classes. The majority of my teaching experience (and my passion) is in managerial accounting. I was a teaching assistant and a graduate assistant at MSU for ACC 202 “Managerial Accounting”. I was also an adjunct professor after I graduated for MSU, teaching “Managerial Accounting” during the summer months.
My primary reason for taking the CMA exam is to improve my teaching in my Managerial/Cost Accounting courses. When I was a college student, I originally thought I would take the CMA exam instead of the CPA exam but ended up becoming a CPA when I became an auditor. With the CMA license, I feel that my teaching would improve and that my students would get a little more for their money when taking my classes. I also like to talk to my students about taking the different certification exams (i.e., CPA, CFE, and CMA). I feel that having all three licenses (CPA, CFE, and CMA) would enhance my lectures on the different certifications and they would get much better insight and could make a more informed decision when deciding which path to take. My whole professional career revolves around my teaching and making my classes worthwhile for my students. I love to learn and I would like to pass this along to my current and future students!