Morris to teach concurrently at Schools of Accountancy and Law
February 04, 2011,
An Assistant Professor of Accounting, Marc Morris was also recently given the title of Assistant Professor at the SIU School of Law. Starting the fall 2011 semester, Morris will be teaching classes at both Schools.
Approached by College of Business Dean Dennis Cradit and Director for the School of Accountancy Marcus Odom, Morris was presented with the idea. He had always wanted to teach both subjects, so was pleased when he received the chance. The arrangement was finalized after receiving approval from Cynthia Fountaine, Dean of the School of Law.
Morris currently teaches financial accounting at the undergraduate level and partnership taxation and corporate taxation for the master of accountancy program. When he starts teaching at the law school, his courses will be business enterprises, accounting for lawyers, and partnership taxation.
Professor Morris earned his MBA and Ph.D. from Southern Illinois University and his J.D. from the University of Wisconsin Law School. Before teaching at the College of Business, Morris held his own private practice, was the Director of Financial Planning and Administration for Cook County in Chicago, Illinois, and the Senior Financial Analyst and Compliance Officer for Siemens-INC in Boca Raton, Florida.
Morris’ teaching style is to take students out of their comfort zone. “Accounting students are used to working with numbers, so I emphasize working more with the concepts. Law students are exactly the opposite. Using this teaching style helps them both be better prepared for the future.”
Morris hopes that the courses will eventually be cross-listed so that accounting and law students can interact together. “Each class of students would use their strengths to help the other on their weaknesses,” he said.
Odom shares in Morris’ good news saying, “We are excited with the opportunity that Professor Morris has been granted. It shows the versatility of our faculty and their dedication to provide students with the best education.”