Folks, now that I have caught your eye, we really have an image problem.
I was attending the American Accounting Association annual meeting several days ago. With approximately 3,100 registered attendees this is a rather large mass of accounting professors.
My wife, Shirley, and I decided to stop by the club on the 18th floor of our hotel to have a bit of liquid refreshment and enjoy some music. There is an outside deck with an outstanding view of the area. We actually wondered if we could get in to this venue. We were shocked when we walked into this great dance club and there were only ten customers and over a dozen staff. I asked the bartender where everyone was. He replied somewhat gruffly, “In their rooms. We heard there was a big group coming and we needed to staff up for it. And then we hear it is a group of accountants.” Wow, I guess we lived down to those expectations!
If there is one difficulty that accounting professors face it is the preconceived image of accountants. Hollywood presents finance majors as Michael Douglas playing Gordon Gecko while accountants are parodied as Rick Moranis in “Ghostbusters.”
I think we should not view this as a depressing situation; but, rather an opportunity to laugh at ourselves, always a good start, and let our true personalities shine forth. Be the most fun, uplifting and outgoing person you can be everyday in the classroom. Lead by example. Show your students your fun side. Put your inner persona on display. The simple act of displaying a personal photo is a great start.
Good luck to us all this upcoming semester!