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University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire
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UW-Eau Claire Professor Recognized
For Excellence in Teaching in Accounting Field
MAILED: July 13, 2001

         EAU CLAIRE — A University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire professor was named Educator of the Year by the American Woman’s Society of Certified Public Accountants, a national organization committed to the development and advancement of women CPAs in the accounting profession.
         Members in the Madison affiliate of AWSCPA nominated Dr. Lucretia Mattson, associate professor of accounting and finance. In 2000, Mattson received both the Excellence in Teaching Award and the Excellence in Service Award from UW-Eau Claire. It was the first time in the history of the school that an individual had been honored with both awards in one year.
         “Dr. Mattson is active professionally and has a strong public service commitment,” said Alexandra Miller, AWSCPA vice president of public relations. “She is a credit to both the accounting profession and the academic environment, and we were honored to be able to recognize her achievements.”
         The award was established to recognize a woman faculty member of a two or four year college for excellence in teaching in the accounting field.
         “I am very honored and humbled that they recognize I’m influencing the future of the profession,” Mattson said.
         A member of AWSCPA for 15 years, Mattson has seen changes in the growth of the organization and the accounting profession.
         “When I first came into accounting in the mid-’70s there were not a lot of women involved,” Mattson said. “In the first tax class I taught, the students were all men.”
         Mattson began teaching at UW-Eau Claire in 1975 and said she did not find it difficult to be the first woman professor in accounting. “Being female was never an issue,” Mattson said. “I was treated like everyone else. It was male dominated in the past, but not intentionally; women didn’t consider it an option.”
         Mattson said she has seen an increase in the number of women taking her accounting classes. “It’s at least 50-50 if not higher,” Mattson said, referring to the ratio of women to men in her classes. “Women today are more aware of finances.”
         Along with teaching three CPA review courses, Mattson works with tax clients and has been active in the Wisconsin Institute of Certified Public Accountants. Mattson joined the WICPA in 1985 and served as president in 1998-99, the second female in the 98-year history of the organization and the third educator.
         Mattson has been active in several community and service organizations, such as Advocates for the Rights of Citizens with Cognitive Disabilities, the March of Dimes and the Arthritis Foundation. She is currently on the advisory board for the Northwest Regional Genetics Project.
         “I have a firm belief, regardless of what profession or community, you have an obligation to give back,” Mattson said.
         At the university she serves on the Faculty Personnel Committee and is an adviser for the Beta Upsilon Sigma Volunteer Income Tax Assistance program and the Student Accounting Society.
         Mattson also is a member of the Academic Misconduct Hearing Committee, a group of faculty and students who hear students’ appeals regarding their grades.
         Within the group of faculty and students, three of each are selected to hear individual cases. “The group picks people they think will be fair, honest and objective,” Mattson said. “I’m pleased they consider me in that pool.”
         Mattson said she thinks she was nominated for the AWSCPA award because of her involvement in her field. “I actually work with clients,” Mattson said. “If you’re going to teach tax and financial planning, you should practice what you preach.”

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Updated: July 13, 2001