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University of Colorado Denver Business School, offering Bachelor, MBA, MS, and PhD degrees

Business School, University of Colorado Denver
 


Robert D. Hockenbury, Senior Instructor of Accounting

Courses Taught

Undergradutate Courses

  • Intermediate Financial Accounting I ACCT 3220
  • Intermediate Financial Accounting II ACCT 3230
  • Intermediate Cost Accounting ACCT 3320
  • Advanced Financial Accounting ACCT 4240
  • Individual Income Taxation ACCT 4410
  • Experiential Learning ACCT 4950
  • Business Information Systems ISMG 2000

Graduate Courses

  • Advanced Financial Accounting ACCT 6024
  • Financial Accounting, Issues and Cases ACCT 6030
  • Management Accounting ACCT 6070
  • Tax Planning for Managers ACCT 6140
  • Experiential Learning ACCT 6800
  • Accounting for Managers BUSN 6000
  • Analyzing And Interpreting Accounting Information BUSN 6550

Areas of Expertise

  • Financial accounting
  • Managerial accounting
  • Taxation

Teaching Philosophy

My passion for teaching came from the first class I taught in 1984 at the University of Houston. That class changed my professional career path and caused me to focus on the work I truly love to do. Over the years, I have come to understand that in order to be a successful teacher, I not only need to deliver useful accounting knowledge but also create awareness about the opportunities the accounting profession provides to the students. Those are my goals and the source of my passion for teaching.

I care about the time spent working directly with the students. In the classroom, every attempt is made to convey the real world practice of accounting. Over the years, I have worked as a corporate tax accountant, as professional staff at one of the former "Big 8" accounting firms and practiced public accounting on my own in Denver. Based on these experiences, I develop a practice type of story for class discussion. My class lectures and handouts are developed to "lead by example" in summarizing and diagramming complex transactions. Outside of class, I talk with the students about professional certification and discuss the opportunities of graduate education and professional career paths.

In all my courses, I continue to expand the web access via the university sponsored Blackboard. I believe that Blackboard has increased student satisfaction by providing access (24/7) to all course supplementary materials and allowing for more interaction with myself and the other students outside the classroom. I encourage the students to post relevant websites in order to facilitate an understanding of the resources available through web based research, analysis and discussion.

I enjoy hearing from my former students and discussing their professional activities. Those conversations are a very personal reward and remind me how fortunate I am to have come to know such outstanding people who are proud alumni of CU Denver.

Professional History

Academic Experience:

  • Senior Instructor of Accounting, University of Colorado at Denver, 1992-present
  • Guest Lecturer, Colorado School of Mines, Summer 1992
  • Instructor of Accounting, University of Colorado at Denver, 1987-92
  • Adjunct Lecturer, University of Denver, 1987-89
  • 1984 - 1986 Adjunct Lecturer, University of Houston

Other:

  • Part-time Tax Practitioner, Denver, 1987-2003
  • Tax Accountant, Arthur Young & Company, Houston, 1984-86
  • Tax Accountant, Getty Oil Company, Houston, 1980-84

Selected Consulting Experience

  • Consultant to American Express, Denver: On site presentation involving discussion and review of proper recording of transactions and financial statement analysis. Primary audience was recently promoted financial analysts.
  • Consultant to US West Direct, Denver: Retained by the manager of marketing to evaluate cost allocation methodology utilized in the design of a profit center structure. Primary audience was six regional sales directors.

Education

  • MS Accountancy and Taxation University of Houston 1984
  • BS Business Iowa State University 1980

Achievements and Honors

  • Non-tenure track Teacher of the Year, Faculty Award, Awarded by the faculty of the Business School, University of Colorado Denver, 2005
  • Candidate for Outstanding Teacher of the Year Award, University of Colorado at Denver, 1998
  • Who's Who Among America's Teachers, 1997
  • Teacher of the Year, Business School at the University of Colorado at Denver, 1996
  • Who's Who Among America's Teachers, 1996
  • Outstanding Business Faculty Member Award, Awarded by the December 1995 graduating class, University of Colorado at Denver, 1995
  • Outstanding Accounting Faculty Member Award, Awarded by the members of the Society of Accounting Students, University of Colorado at Denver, 1994
  • Outstanding Business Faculty Member Award, Awarded by the December 1992 graduating class, University of Colorado at Denver, 1992
  • Outstanding Accounting Faculty Member Award, Awarded by the members of the Society of Accounting Students, University of Colorado at Denver, 1990
  • Outstanding Site Coordinator for VITA program at University of Colorado at Denver, Internal Revenue Service, Denver District, 1988

Academic and Professional Activities

  • Colorado Certified Public Accountant
  • Member: American Institute of Certified Public Accountants (AICPA), Colorado Society of Certified Public Accountants (CSCPA)
  • Site Coordinator: Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (student program), 1988-90
  • Faculty Advisor: Theta Sigma Chapter of Beta Alpha Psi, 1991-96
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