Eric D. Bostwick, University of West Florida
Eric D. Bostwick, Ph.D., CPA, CGMA, is both the Associate Dean and an alumnus of the College of Business at the University of West Florida. As Associate Dean his responsibilities include accreditation, faculty credentials and support, assessment, and curriculum management. He teaches in the areas of financial accounting and accounting theory and maintains a broad research agenda with interests in financial accounting, accounting theory, behavioral aspects of accounting, accounting history, and interdisciplinary/cross-disciplinary research. His Ph.D. in Accountancy is from the University of Mississippi, and he currently serves as the American Accounting Association National Council representative for the Southeast Region.
Karen Ann Tarnoff, East Tennessee State University, College of Business and Technology
Tarnoff is currently serving as the Assistant Dean for Assurance of Learning and Assessment for the College of Business and Technology at East Tennessee State University. In this capacity, she is coordinating the assessment of student learning outcomes across six diverse departments (i.e., Accountancy; Economic and Finance; Management and Marketing; Computer and Information Sciences; Military Science; and Technology, Survey, and Digital Media) and multiple accrediting bodies (i.e., SACS, AACSB, ABET, CADE,). She has given multiple presentations on assurance of learning and assessment-related topics and, likewise, has helped schools build and refine their assessment systems. She continues to serve on the Steering Committee of the AACSB’s annual Assessment Conference. Tarnoff is advisor to ETSU’s award-winning student chapter of the Society for Human Resource Management, and in 1998 recognized as the best chapter in the nation. She serves on the Board of Directors for the Northeast Tennessee Professional Chapter of the Society for Human Resource Management. In 1999, she received the University’s first Jan Phillips Mentoring award in recognition of her efforts on behalf of ETSU’s students and is a five-time nominee for the College’s Teaching Award. She is currently serving on SHRM National’s Technical Advisory Committee charged with designing an assessment of HR major’s content knowledge that will also serve as a direct measure to contribute data to AOL processes. Tarnoff is a facilitator and trainer for the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB) having authored materials for its Applied Assessment Seminar. She has helped many colleges and universities develop and refine of their assessment programs. Her primary areas of research include assessment of student learning, the skills gap, team-based work systems, and shared mental models.