Working with students at Yale has been an excellent experience. Although Yale University does not offer PhD students an opportunity to be an independent instructor, I have provided students with additional lectures to supplement the standard classes. I approach the classroom as a place where students can “learn how to learn” the subject material, especially for accounting. Students remember material longer and apply it better when they understand how to approach accounting issues using conceptual frameworks. I also try to use real-world examples from my time in practice whenever possible. Connecting accounting taught in the classroom to examples from the field gives students a practical perspective on how to use the tools we provide them.
Recently, Yale has begun providing teaching evaluations for Executive MBA course teaching assistants. I received a rating of 4.95 out of 5.00 as the teaching assistant for Basics of Accounting, the introductory accounting course for Yale Executive MBAs. Below are some anonymous comments I received:
“He was prepared, he answered a litany of questions, from different angles, clearly and in a manner that was easy to understand for the entire class.”
“John took his job very seriously, as demonstrated by how he carried himself in the review sessions, the quality of his presentation, and the timely and robust responses to questions between classes. During the review session, John demonstrated a natural ability to command the room, calm the nerves of some of the students stressed by the material, and teach the core topics.”
“John’s main strengths were responsiveness and assertiveness in effectively delivering and reinforcing the course materials. I found John to also be very approachable and personable.”
My primary teaching interests are in financial accounting, although I am confident in my ability to teach a variety of courses effectively.
Empirical Corporate Finance, PhD, Teaching Fellow for Marina Niessner
This course is targeted toward first- and second-year PhD students in accounting and finance. The material is focused on applied econometric methods and test design for corporate finance research. Students are introduced to statistical coding methods by preparing various replications and projects throughout the semester.
Basics of Accounting, Executive MBA, Teaching Fellow for Kalin Kolev
This course provides an overview and critical assessment of financial accounting for executive MBAs. Material for the course focuses on journal entries, closing activities, financial statement preparation, and U.S. GAAP rules.
Financial Reporting, Executive MBA, Teaching Fellow for Alina Lerman
This course provides a more detailed approach toward financial accounting that builds on concepts provided in Basics of Accounting. The material focuses on understanding the economics of transactions, U.S. GAAP application, and the eventual reporting procedures for the financial statements. Case study analysis is a core requirement of the class, providing students with different settings to apply the concepts learned throughout the semester.
Financial Statement Analysis, MBA, Teaching Fellow for X. Frank Zhang
This course covers the methodology and use of financial statement analysis for evaluating expected firm value. Students are taught how financial statement outputs provide useful information for fundamental analysis.
Securities Analysis, MBA, Teaching Fellow for Matthew Spiegel and Shyam Sunder
This course provides a “hands-on” approach to preparing students for work in the securities valuation industry. The course involves preparing, presenting, and eventually publishing analyst reports for public dissemination. Students are tasked with first preparing a report on a chosen industry’s outlook and then developing buy-side recommendation reports for three firms within that industry. We invite select reports to be published on our public course website, http://analystreports.som.yale.edu/.