SFA accounting professor receives service-learning award
April 19, 2012 - SFA Public Affairs
Dr. George L. Hunt, assistant professor of accounting at Stephen F. Austin State University, received the 2012 Teaching Excellence Award for Service Learning on Wednesday, April 18th.
Students in Hunt's Accounting 343 course are active in the Volunteer Income Tax Assistance program sponsored by the Internal Revenue Service. The program's mission is to recruit and train volunteers to provide assistance to lower income taxpayers in filing federal income tax returns.
SFA student members of Beta Alpha Psi, the national accounting honor society, have participated in the VITA program for many years, providing tax assistance for citizens of Nacogdoches and the surrounding area. Participating students have the opportunity to apply the knowledge and skills developed in class and gain confidence in preparing tax returns while serving the community.
Each year, one full-time SFA faculty member is recognized for outstanding use and implementation of a service-learning component in class. The award is presented in conjunction with the annual Teaching Excellence Convocation, which was held on campus Wednesday.
Hunt joined the faculty of the Nelson Rusche College of Business in 2006 and teaches classes in controls and internal auditing, income tax, principals of management accounting, and accounting and information systems. He received the Best Paper Award from the Clute Institute in 2011 and earned both the Teaching Excellence and Service awards for his college in 2010. Hunt recently was promoted to the rank of associate professor and granted tenure, effective Sept. 1, 2012.
His memberships include the Texas Society of Certified Public Accountants, Association of Certified Fraud Examiners, Institute of Internal Auditors, American Accounting Association, American Institute of Certified Public Accountants and Institute of Management Accounts.
He earned a bachelor's degree in accounting from Texas A&M University, a bachelor's degree in education and a master's degree in accounting from Texas State University, and a doctorate degree in accounting from Texas Tech University.