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Don Tidrick earns top award from AICPA

June 6, 2013
Don Tidrick

Don Tidrick

NIU’s Don Tidrick, who serves as the DeLoitte Professor of Accountancy in the NIU College of Business, was selected as one of two recipients of this year’s Distinguished Achievement in Accounting Education Award.

Given by by the American Institute of CPAs, the award recognizes full-time college accounting educators distinguished for excellence in teaching and for national prominence in the accounting profession.

Tidrick was chosen for the award for his long-established reputation as a classroom innovator who is able to prepare students for current challenges in the field while still teaching them the core values of the accounting profession.

He strives to integrate a “real-world” learning perspective into his classroom, consistently incorporating video, guest speakers, and current events projects to engage students and keep them abreast of challenges facing future CPAs.

“Don has had success throughout his career in accounting education, both in the classroom and as a mentor, working with students as they have achieved their goals of becoming CPAs and starting their own careers,” said AICPA Chairman Richard Caturano said at the May 20 meeting of the AICPA Spring Meeting of Council in Washington, D.C.

Tidrick, a resident of Sycamore, came to NIU in 2000. He previously received the Outstanding Educator Award from the Illinois CPA Society in 2010. He is active in a variety of professional organizations, including the Illinois CPA Society, where he serves on the Ethics Committee and the Comptroller General of the United States Educators’ Advisory Panel.