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Sarah Johnson, assistant head and professor in the School of Accounting adds the Outstanding Accounting Educator Award to her list of career accomplishments.

Spears School’s Sarah Johnson honored with 2021 Outstanding Accounting Educator Award

Tuesday, June 1, 2021

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Oklahoma State University professor Sarah Johnson has been selected to receive the 2021 Outstanding Accounting Educator Award, presented annually by the Oklahoma Society of Certified Public Accountants.

She will be recognized during the OSCPA’s 103rd annual members meeting Sept. 17 in Tulsa.

“I was thrilled to learn Sarah had received this award,” said Dr. Audrey Gramling, head of the OSU School of Accounting in the Spears School of Business. “Sarah has a passion for teaching and for connecting with her students both inside and outside of the classroom.”

Johnson has been an instructor of professional practice at OSU for 5 years, and the assistant head of the School of Accounting since August 2019.

As the assistant head and professor in the School of Accounting, she splits her efforts between teaching and professional and other service activities. She also teaches outreach course sections in the spring, summer and fall semesters. In the past year alone, she has recorded more than 175 instructional videos, introduced data analytics assignments for each chapter in Cost Accounting and created a visually appealing syllabus template to share with the entire department.

She’s won numerous awards, including the NASBA Center for the Public Trust, Campus Being a Difference Award; OSU, Spears Business, Greiner Outstanding Undergraduate Teaching Award; Oklahoma Society of Certified Public Accountants, Trailblazer Award; OSU, Career Services, Career Champion Award; OSU, Fraternity & Sorority Affairs, Faculty Member of the Year Award; and the Phillips 66 Exceptional Service Award.

“I am passionate about preparing the next generation of professionals, both through technical accounting skills and career readiness,” Johnson said.

In conjunction with her award, Johnson will receive a scholarship from the OSCPA to award to an accounting student of her choice.

“She is making an important contribution to our vision of building the future of accounting,” Gramling said. “Sarah’s focus on our students aligns seamlessly with our mission of preparing people to make a difference in the world by teaching essential interpersonal skills alongside a high-quality accounting education. She is very deserving of this prestigious award.”

Johnson joins a long list of past Spears Business faculty to be honored with the Outstanding Accounting Educator Award: Angela Spencer (2020), Robert Cornell (2015), Charlotte Wright (2009), T. Sterling Wetzel (2006), Gary Meek (2001), Patrick Dorr (1997) and Lanny Chasteen (1991 and 2007).

The Outstanding Accounting Educator Award recognizes distinguished educators for teaching excellence, innovating educational techniques, motivating students and contributing to the accounting profession.

Nominees for the Outstanding Accounting Educator Award must be full-time or retired accounting educators at two or four year Oklahoma colleges or universities; display superior teaching skills, student motivation abilities and notable education innovations; and demonstrate active involvement in professional accounting activities.

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