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Accounting Professors Receive Honors from Illinois CPA Society

The Illinois CPA Society (ICPAS) has presented its Outstanding Educator Award to two Illinois accounting faculty as part of its 2023 awards program.

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The Illinois CPA Society (ICPAS) has presented its Outstanding Educator Award to two Illinois accounting faculty as part of its 2023 awards program.

Each year, ICPAS’ Outstanding Educator Award celebrates educators who make significant contributions to the education of accounting students through their leadership, teaching excellence, and active involvement in the accounting profession.

“Accounting educators are instrumental in stewarding the next generation of leaders into the profession,” says Geoffrey Brown, CAE, president and CEO. “It’s our privilege to publicly recognize these award recipients for the important work they do to inspire their students, positively shape their lives, and prepare them for success in their careers.”

The following honorees will be recognized at the ICPAS Leadership Recognition and Awards Dinner on June 8, 2023, in Chicago.

  • Emily G. Jurgens, CPA, is an assistant professor at Harold Washington College in Chicago, where she has been teaching since 2015. Jurgens’ courses include financial accounting, managerial accounting, intermediate accounting, and auditing. She’s the curriculum faculty lead, the faculty lead for the development of online accounting classes, and the coordinator for the business department across all City Colleges. She also serves on the Enrollment Committee, and volunteers with the Healthy Student Market. Prior to transitioning into academia, Jurgens held various public and corporate accounting and finance roles with Silliker Inc., Merieux NutriSciences, Harbor Capital Advisors, and KPMG. Jurgens is a current ICPAS member, board member of the Lakewood Balmoral Neighborhood Committee, and a licensed real estate broker. Jurgens earned both her bachelor’s and master’s degrees from the Cox School of Business at Southern Methodist University in Dallas, Texas.
  • Madeline K. Trimble, Ph.D., is the director of graduate accounting programs and an associate professor of accounting at Illinois State University (ISU) in Normal, Ill., where she’s taught since 2016. Trimble currently teaches intermediate accounting, international accounting, international business, and ethics and leadership courses. She’s a highly awarded and frequently published educator, whose research has appeared in several journals, including The International Journal of Accounting and Journal of International Accounting, Auditing and Taxation, where she currently serves on the editorial board. Additionally, Trimble serves as national treasurer for the Accounting and Financial Women’s Alliance (AFWA), as well as the AFWA-ISU chapter faculty advisor. Trimble is an active member of the AFWA, American Accounting Association, Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business, Association of International Accountants, Beta Alpha Psi, Beta Gamma Sigma, and European Accounting Association. She earned her bachelor’s degree from Eastern Illinois University in Charleston, Ill., and her doctorate from the University of Mannheim in Germany.