A Love for Teaching

albringsusan342015After earning her master’s degree from Syracuse University‘s Martin J. Whitman School of Management in 1998, Susan Albring, associate professor of accounting, knew what to expect from Whitman students.

“I chose to teach at Syracuse University because of the high quality of the undergraduate and graduate programs,” said Albring, who earned her bachelor’s degree from Le Moyne College in Syracuse, and her Ph.D. from the University of Arizona.

A member of the New York State Society of Certified Public Accountants and the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants, Albring was a senior tax consultant at PwC in New York City prior to making the switch to teaching. She was a visiting professor at Whitman before joining the faculty at the University of South Florida, where she taught introduction to financial accounting for managers in the MBA and executive MBA programs for four years. She returned to her hometown of Skaneateles, N.Y., in 2008 to teach alongside the Whitman professors who helped shape her successful career.

At Whitman, she has taught introduction to financial accounting, introduction to managerial accounting, advanced financial accounting and individual income taxation.

“I enjoy teaching,” said Albring. “I am motivated to teach to enable students to learn the intricacies of accounting either because they are pursuing accounting as a major or so that they can better understand accounting when they pursue other avenues in business.”

Albring was named a Lubin Research Fellow for 2011-2012 in recognition of her research accomplishments. Her current research is focused on the extent firms forgo tax benefits as a function of their ability to meet financial earnings targets and existing loan covenants.

Albring was nominated for the Ernst & Young Inclusive Excellence Award for Accounting and Business School Faculty in 2009 and 2010, and was the faculty advisor for the first place and runner-up teams in the PwC 2011 xTAX competition. She is a member of the editorial board of the Journal of the American Taxation Association as well as a member of the Syracuse University Senate.

Note: This article first appeared in the Orange Accounting News annual alumni newsletter.