IMA® (Institute of Management Accountants) continued its popular Faculty Friday webinar series recently, with several more opportunities planned for academics and students in the coming months.

Faculty Fridays

IMA and The PhD Project co-hosted a Faculty Friday webinar on March 11, “Higher Learning: A Path to a Business Ph.D.,” featuring speakers Phyllis Keys, Ph.D., interim associate VP for academic affairs and professor of finance at Morgan State University; and Norma Montague, Ph.D., senior associate dean and associate professor of accountancy at Wake Forest University. 

In their inspiring talk, Keys and Montague discussed why they decided to make the switch from the business world to enter the teaching profession. They described the advantages of a career in academia, the doctoral program process, and the resources available from The PhD Project. Laurie Burney, Ph.D., CMA, CSCA, CPA (TN-inactive), associate professor of accounting at Baylor University and IMA’s professor in residence, served as the moderator and shared information on IMA’s resources for Ph.D. candidates as well. 

Upcoming Faculty Friday webinars include:

April 22, 1-2 p.m. ET: “Integrating Sustainability and ESG into the Management Accounting Curriculum,” featuring Dr. Kristine Brands, CMA, assistant professor, United States Air Force Academy. Sustainability and environmental, social, and governance (ESG) reporting are emerging as critical global issues as society faces the increasing consequences of climate change. Management accountants are ideally suited to support their organizations to identify its risks, gather information, and prepare reports to measure performance. During this program, Dr. Brands will focus on the nuts and bolts of developing a standalone higher education sustainability accounting and ESG course. She’ll also discuss modules faculty may use to support integrating the topic into their accounting curriculum. 

To attend, please register here

June 3, 1-2 p.m. ET: This session will feature a discussion with three professors from Eastern Kentucky University who won the 2022 Carl Menconi Ethics Case Writing Competition for their case, “A Dilemma at Ground Zero: Strategic Performance Measurement, Internal Controls, and Professional Ethics” (to be published in the July 2022 issue of Strategic Finance). Watch your email for registration details.

You can also view past webinars on the Campus Resource Center webpage.

IMA Student Series

IMA held another one of its well-received IMA Student Series: Finance and Accounting Panel events virtually on February 23 from 6-7 p.m. ET. More than 1,200 students registered to attend. You can view a recording of the presentation on YouTube.

Moderated by Mary Patterson and Tyler Skelton, business development managers at IMA, the event featured young professionals from a wide range of industries: 

  • Victoria (Tori) Heavey, Tax Associate, KPMG
  • Diane Isibor, CMA, Senior Financial Analyst, Cummins Inc.
  • Nick Pereira, Fund and Insurance Accounting Analyst, Tesla
  • John Strasheim, Finance and Accounting Rotation Program Analyst, Lumen Technologies

The panelists discussed their career journeys, their experience taking the CMA exam, and tips for new graduates and young professionals.

The next IMA Student Series will be held in the fall semester of 2022; watch your email for registration details as they become available. You can view the entire archive of IMA Student Series events in this Student Leadership playlist, along with other valuable resources for students.

For more information about other upcoming IMA Student Series opportunities, contact Mary Patterson at