Academic journal article e-Journal of Business Education and Scholarship Teaching

Emeritus Professor Michael J. R. Gaffikin

Academic journal article e-Journal of Business Education and Scholarship Teaching

Emeritus Professor Michael J. R. Gaffikin

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To start I would like to recognize the contributions that Emeritus Professor Michael John Renny Gaffikin made to the Accounting Education in Australia and to the wider community across the globe. Professor Gaffikin was the Chairperson of the National Education and Membership Advisory Committee of CPA Australia (1995-2000); Chairperson of the Universities Committee, CPA Australia NSW Division (1994-2007); Vice President Education of the Accounting Association of Australia and New Zealand (1992-1997); Trustee of the Academy of Accounting Historians (19952000) and its Vice President (International and Conferences 2004 and 2005), Vice President Research of the Public Interest Sector of the American Accounting Association (1999-2001); member of the Task Force for Review of Accreditation of University Accounting programs (19941997).

Michael infused accounting education with a critical perspective both at the undergraduate and postgraduate levels, making critical thinking a key element in the education of accountants. He successfully supervised 41 PhD candidates and through this he established a community of scholars that are scattered worldwide. Michael published over 100 refereed journal articles, numerous books and book chapters. From 1988, until his retirement in 2006, Michael contributed as Head of School and Associate Dean (Research) at the University of Wollongong.

On an international note, I can do no better than relate my experiences travelling to a conference with Professor Gaffikin to a conference in Bali. …

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