J. Roger Selin

Dr. Selin Teaches Students the Value of Hard Work

By Celeste Pinewski

"Being a teacher isn't always easy, but teaching comes with many rewards," according to Dr. Roger Selin, UW-Eau Claire professor of accounting. For him, the best time of the day is the time he spends interacting with students.

Selin is known for his meticulous classroom preparation and his ability to bring accounting concepts and theories to life by relating them to real world examples. He credits his teaching style to three of his college professors, who challenged him to think.

He is also known for the quantity of homework he gives and his mind-boggling exams which take two to three hours to complete. "My goal has always been to turn students into creative thinkers and hard workers," said Selin. He acknowledges that students don't like his tests, but they do appreciate them once they are able to look back and reflect on what they learned. Evidence of this are the many thank you letters he receives from former students telling him how his teaching has affected their lives.

Selin received the university's Excellence in Teaching award twice, something only a handful of UW-Eau Claire professors have accomplished. Recipients are selected by UW-Eau Claire alumni and recognized for their outstanding ability to inspire students to high standards of scholarship. Selin received the award for the first time in 1974 and again in 2005.

Dr. Selin retired this summer after teaching 41 years. He will continue to teach this coming year because of his commitment to education and love of teaching.


Celeste PinewskiCeleste Pinewski is a senior accounting major and management minor from Ramsey, MN. She was a student in Dr. Selin's intermediate accounting class. She has written this article as part of a BCOM 306 class project.

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