Colbert Receives National Award from AICPA

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The American Institute of Certified Public Accountants (AICPA) has announced that an Eastern Kentucky University faculty member will receive its national Distinguished Achievement in Accounting Education Award in August.

Dr. Jan Colbert, professor of accounting, will be honored at the Institute’s upcoming conference for her “academic excellence, professional involvement, and commitment to the accounting profession over the years.”

A previous recipient of the annual Jack L. Dyer Excellence in Teaching Award at EKU and a past nominee for Critical Thinking Teacher of the Year at Eastern, Colbert has chaired the Audit Committee of the CPA Exam for the American Institute of CPAs, served on the Kentucky State Board of Accountancy, and on the Board of Directors of the Kentucky Society of CPAs.

Colbert, a CPA, certified internal auditor and certified forensic accountant, has published more than 100 articles in journals such as the Forensic Examiner, Journal of Forensic Accounting, Internal Auditor, and the Journal of Corporate Accounting and Finance. In addition, she has written chapters in books and authored a continuing professional education course for CPAs on forensic accounting.

“I feel so honored just to have been selected from Kentucky and been nominated by the Kentucky Society of CPAs,” Colbert said. “Today, I am stunned and humbled to be notified that I am the national winner.”

Colbert joined EKU in 2006 after teaching 10 years at Auburn University and 13 years at Western Kentucky University.

“I try to instill a sense of responsibility and preparedness in all my EKU students, whether MBA students, senior Auditing students or other undergraduate students,” Colbert said. “By being responsible for their learning and prepared for class, students are able to take full advantage of the quality resources afforded them. They can advance with confidence and move on to satisfying and productive careers.”

Colbert earned her bachelor’s degree from the University of Illinois, a master’s of business administration degree from Auburn, and her doctoral degree from the University of Georgia.

Published on May 28, 2013