After what he calls a “frenetic” summer that included travel to India and Turkey as well as Great Britain, Professor of Accountancy Tony Tinker is back at Baruch and starting work on the 2008 Critical Perspectives on Accounting conference, scheduled to take place a Baruch next April. Recently Tinker was made an Honorary Professor within the School of Management at St. Andrews University, the oldest institution of higher learning in Scotland, and third oldest in the U.K. Tinker, who has had a loose affiliation with St. Andrews for several years, reports that he works with their doctoral students and faculty and occasionally delivers guest lectures at St. Andrews and elsewhere in the U.K. This summer he also lectured at the University of York All this, while continuing to serve as co-editor of two publications, The Accounting Forum and Critical Perspectives On Accounting.
In addition to the prestigious St. Andrews appointment, Tinker was also recently elected a member of the Finance Committee of the American Accounting Association, the largest professional association of accountants in the U.S. With a membership of approximately 7,000, the AAA is going through something of an upheaval as it tries to come to terms with its increasingly international constituency. According to Tinker, who is doing research on the subject, “The AAA has been expanding the scope of their discipline as well as dealing with their changing membership base.” The big growth areas, he notes, are India and China. “As these countries develop a large middle class, global accounting standards and practices become increasingly important to them. They also have the money to attend conferences,” he says. Tinker expects many international accountancy professionals will be attending the upcoming Critical Perspectives conference at Baruch.