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Business professor receives Excellence in Teaching Award

EOU business professor lauded for excellence in teaching

News contact: Laura Hancock | University Advancement
541-962-3585 | lhancock@eou.edu
Source contact: International Assembly for Collegiate Business Education (IACBE)
913-631-3009 | iacbe@iacbe.orgwww.iacbe.org

Ted Takamura, EOU associate professor of business and onsite adviser.

May 14, 2012
GRESHAM, Ore. (EOU) – The International Assembly for Collegiate Business Education has recognized one of EOU’s faculty members for his contributions to student learning.

Ted Takamura, associate professor of business and onsite adviser for EOU’s program at Mt. Hood Community College, is the recipient of the 2012 Excellence in Teaching Award. The recognition came last month during the IACBE annual conference in Kansas City, Mo.

Individuals are selected based on their record of accomplished teaching and expertise to make meaningful and significant contributions to student learning in a way that advances academic quality in business education.

The distinction came as a complete surprise to Takamura.

“I am humbled to think that other faculty who are well deserving of the award were not selected for this great honor,” he said. “It is nice to be recognized for the 23 years that I have dedicated to students in the classroom.”

Takamura incorporates his own exploration of the accounting field into his classes, which are tailored for both adult learners seeking career changes and those exploring new entrepreneurial opportunities. His efforts to combine the community college curricula with EOU’s have increased the number of accounting students at both institutions by 80 percent.

“IACBE’s recognition of Dr. Takamura’s excellence in teaching underscores his deep commitment to our students and effective learning,” said Stephen Adkison, EOU provost and senior vice president for Academic Affairs. “His work stands as a fine testament to the high quality of EOU’s faculty and the quality of our students’ experience.”

Takamura’s leadership also extends beyond the College of Business. He initiated and implemented a university-wide curricular overhaul and assessment for all disciplines, including the development of an accounting certificate program that qualifies candidates to sit for the standard exams of CPA, CMA, CFE and CIA within an 18-month period.

Takamura holds a Ph.D. in human and organizational systems and a master of arts in human development from Fielding Graduate University in Santa Barbara, Calif. He completed his master’s of business administration from City University in Seattle. His certifications include public accounting in Washington State and fraud examination and financial forensics in Oregon.