The Gerald Francis Outstanding Faculty Member of the Year, awarded by Elon’s Student Government Association, recognizes a faculty member who exemplifies excellence within teaching and mentoring.
Susan Anderson, professor of accounting, was named the 2018 Gerald Francis Outstanding Educator of the Year at the annual Student Government Association awards ceremony on March 27.
Anderson was recognized for her commitment to Beta Alpha Psi and the local community. In the nomination, Beta Alpha Psi president, Kristen Bellini, describes Anderson’s strong commitment to the community through service learning as well as her passion for inspiring curiosity in her classroom. “She serves not only as the site coordinator for the Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) program, dedicating every Saturday to prepping tax returns for the Burlington area, but is also the faculty coordinator for the newly implemented M.S. in Accounting program,” Bellini said.
Anderson joined Elon’s faculty in 2014 and teaches income tax and financial accounting courses. Prior to Elon, she taught at Appalachian State University and the University of North Carolina at Greensboro. She received a Ph.D. from the University of Texas at Arlington and bachelors and masters degrees from the University of North Texas. She is a Certified Public Accountant in North Carolina, as well as a Certified Financial Planner and has published a wealth of articles in journals including the Journal for Accountancy, CPA Journal, Journal of Business Issues and Tax Advisor.