We at John Carroll University are in the presence of academic excellence; Professor Gerald Weinstein has been named the recipient of the prestigious Outstanding Ohio Accounting Educator for 2009.
The award is presented annually to an educator who has made remarkable contributions to the accounting profession and whose teaching skills and techniques merit special recognition. The award is presented by The Ohio Society of Certified Public Accountants and the American Accounting Association (AAA) Ohio Region.
Weinstein began his involvement with JCU in 1979, after earning his BSBA and Master of Accountancy from Bowling Green State University. He worked at JCU for a brief stint until 1983, but then returned after receiving his Ph.D. in Accounting from Kent State in 1990. Now chair of the accounting department, Weinstein has been teaching at JCU for 21 years.
In the classroom, Weinstein specializes in all types of accounting, from introductory to advanced courses, always ranking highly in student evaluations. He is also a professor at the graduate level in both the non-profit administration and the MBA programs.
“Jerry is one of our most popular faculty members and one of the most versatile instructors in the accountancy department,” said Roland L. Madison, a professor of accountancy at John Carroll.
The Ohio Outstanding Accounting Educator award isn’t Weinstein’s first. He is also a past recipient of JCU’s Curtis Miles Award for Community Service and the Boler School of Business’ Wasmer Teaching Award.
“I consider myself very lucky to have landed at JCU which is well-known and highly regarded, especially for its accounting program. I appreciate that the mission emphasizes helping others, something I believe in deeply,” said Weinstein.
Weinstein has published articles in the areas of income taxation and accounting education. Recently, in a ranking of faculty who publish in accounting education, John Carroll was ranked fourth worldwide, largely based on the work of Weinstein and his colleague, Robert Blum.
He also maintains an online database of accounting case studies published in academic journals, which instructors can access for free.
Aside from being an award-winning faculty member and author, Weinstein is also active in the community.
He serves on several non-profit boards, including the Montefiore Nursing Home in Beachwood.
Weinstein is also the director of a student participation in the IRS’ Volunteer Tax Assistance (VITA) program at JCU, which provides free tax services for low income, elderly and non-English speaking taxpayers.
Also active in professional organizations such as the Ohio Society of CPAs and the American Accounting Association, Weinstein demonstrates that he is dedicated to his profession as well as serving others.
“Dr. Weinstein juggles a very busy schedule as the department head, professor, adviser, and numerous other functions, but always seems to make time for students and faculty.
He radiates a positive, enthusiastic attitude no matter what is going on,” said Patti R. Weiss, a visiting accounting instructor
His contributions to JCU and to the accountancy profession as a whole make it very apparent why the Ohio Society of CPA’s and AAA Ohio Region selected him as the award winner.