The Illinois CPA Society has selected Donald E. Tidrick as a 2010 Outstanding Educator Award winner. The award recognizes Illinois educators at a community college, college or university who excel in their leadership and teaching, and who have made continuous and outstanding contributions to accounting education in the state.
Tidrick is a professor of accountancy at Northern Illinois University in DeKalb and the faculty advisor to NIU’s Beta Alpha Psi chapter. His primary teaching and research interests relate to auditing and assurance services.
Those who nominated Tidrick speak to his passion for the subject and commitment to the accounting profession. As one former student said, “His passion for accounting is evident in the materials he prepares, the discussions he facilitates and the way in which he conveys information. I wish all professors were as passionate about what they teach and as helpful as Dr. Tidrick.”
Tidrick, a Sycamore resident, is a graduate of Ohio State University and the University of Wisconsin. He received his Bachelor of Science, Bachelor of Arts and doctorate from Ohio State University and his Master of Business Administration from the University of Wisconsin-Madison.
Before joining NIU in 2000, he was a member of the accounting faculty at the University of Texas at Austin from 1991-2000 and at the University of Notre Dame from 1987-1991. Before entering the doctoral program at Ohio State, Tidrick was an auditor in KPMG’s Columbus, Ohio, office.
He is active in a variety of professional organizations, including the Illinois CPA Society, where he serves on the Ethics Committee. He is one of only two accounting professors in the country serving on the Comptroller General of the United States’s Educators’ Advisory Panel.