This fall, Tyler Johnson (Dallas) is headed back to school after being selected as one of 19 Accounting Doctoral Scholars (ADS). Created by the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants (AICPA) Foundation, in conjunction with the biggest accounting firms, the ADS program helps to address a shortage of accounting professors at colleges and universities. Through scholarships, ADS provides financial support to accounting professionals to return to school for their PhDs so that they can pursue careers in academia – and help to educate future generations of accountants. It also connects them with many top accounting PhD coordinators and faculty from around the country. Crowe is one of the original sponsor firms that committed to the program by providing ADS funding and encouraging members of their organizations, like Tyler, to consider applying.
“I have always wanted to teach and conduct research at the university level,” said Tyler, a Tax manager who joined Crowe in 2014. “Before teaching, however, I wanted to get real-world experience so as to become both a better teacher and researcher.” Tyler credits those at Crowe who supported him in the application process and mentored him during his time at Crowe, including Brian Carey (Off-site), Chan-Yu Wang (Oak Brook) and Tom Tyler (Dallas). Tom added, “Although we’re losing a valuable team member, Tyler has an opportunity to make a tremendous impact by taking his work experience into a university setting to help students bridge the gap between academia and public accounting.” Tyler is not sure where he will be enrolling this fall, but he’s been accepted into Texas Tech’s PhD program and is visiting the University of Arkansas later this month for interviews.