Shannon Deer, a lecturer and assistant department head in the accounting department at Mays Business School, was selected as the 2012 recipient of the David Baggett Endowed Teaching Excellence Award.

The annual award is intended to recognize extraordinary efforts and innovation in teaching effectiveness, curriculum development and student services in the accounting department.

Previous awards went to accounting Associate Professor Connie Weaver in 2010 and accounting Professor Chris Wolfe in 2011. The recipients receive a plaque and a cash award.

The award was made possible through an endowment created by Denise and David Baggett ’81. David, who graduated with honors with an accounting degree, is the senior partner of Opportune LLP.

Deer’s accomplishments include:

  • Developing an energy accounting course in 2010 and subsequently making a number of improvements in the course. Enrollment in that course has increased from 35 in 2010 to 60 in 2012.
  • Successfully hosting the first Halliburton Energy Case Competition and currently coordinating the second annual competition. Halliburton was so pleased with the first-year results that they quadrupled the prize money for the winners.
  • Obtaining approval for an Energy Accounting Certificate Program, which will provide an opportunity for both BBA and PPA students to gain a competitive advantage in the industry.
  • Developing projects for the energy course with Marathon that allow students to gain real-world experience. Students going into public accounting can elect to audit a project to gain applicable audit experience.
  • Developing a series of video lectures for use in Accounting 229. She is filming weekly video lectures for students to watch prior to attending class. Class time is used for discussions and working challenging problems with students.
  • Setting up group office hours as an opportunity for students to ask questions or work problems in a group environment.
  • Along with watching videos prior to class, students are required to complete a packet prior to coming to class — an approach that has significantly increased the number of students who are prepared prior to class.
  • Mentoring a PPA student teaching a one-hour Excel course to 34 undergraduate students and an undergraduate student teaching a one-hour general energy industry course to 20 undergraduate students (meets with them weekly to prepare for class, attends class, and provides feedback);
  • Serving as the lead instructor for the Becker CPA review course for five years, mentoring students in their application and preparation to take the CPA exam; and meets with many former students to help them in choosing their track for PPA and internship locations.
  • Working with BBA students, helping them obtain employment, especially in the energy industry.