As a former first-generation university student, Robert Rankin had no mentor to guide him in his post-academic career. Fortunately, he found his way, gaining nearly 20 years of management accounting experience in several Fortune 500 companies. Today, he wants to be that mentor for A&M-Commerce students. He brings his passion and hard-earned experiences into the classroom. When he’s not working with students, his research focuses on impacting current and future managerial accountants through academia and pedagogy (teaching cases).
A Conversation with Dr. Rankin
What draws you to your discipline?
“I love the ability to influence business decision-makers through calculation of numbers and analyzing those numbers. Simply put, accounting, specifically management accounting, is fun.”
Tell us about a project you are working on or have completed.
“My current research is on the impact of experiential learning on accounting career choice. In the past two years, I toured 29 local manufacturing facilities (plants) with students from my cost accounting classes, so they could gain first-hand knowledge about real-world accounting. In this research, I measure the impact of the tour on students’ commitment to the accounting profession, and their pursuit of a career in management or public accounting, and their intentions to seek a professional certification (certified management accountant or certified public accountant).”
What would you tell a student who is thinking about attending A&M-Commerce?
“A&M-Commerce has big-school resources and a small-school feel. There are so many opportunities to get involved if you are willing to embrace the university community. You will make friends for life.”
- DBA, Advanced Accounting, Northcentral University, 2016
- MBA, Finance, Texas Tech University, 1990
- BA, Korean, Defense Language Institute, 1987
- BBA, Marketing, University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire, 1985
- Assistant Professor, Texas A&M University-Commerce, 2013-present
- Instructor, Paris Junior College, 2009-2013
- Adjunct Instructor, Northeast Texas Community College, 2006-2008
Awards and Honors
- First Place, American Accounting Association/Institute of Management Accountants Educational Teaching Case Competition for Troubled Waters: An Outsourced Ethical Dilemma, 2019
- Second Place, American Accounting Association/Institute of Management Accountants Educational Teaching Case Competition Teaching Case Competition for Higher Degrees of an Ethical Dilemma, 2017
- Third Place, American Accounting Association/Institute of Management Accountants Educational Teaching Case Competition Teaching Case Competition for The Chicken or Egg: Hatching a New and Innovative Introduction, 2016
- Outstanding Teacher, National Society of Leadership and Success, 2016
- Management Accounting
- Accounting Ethics
- Experiential Learning in Accounting
- American Accounting Association
- Institute of Management Accountants