By Edward Scott — Professor Jean Hawkins (accounting) was granted the Doctor of Business Administration degree from Anderson University Falls School of Business in April 2011.
Dr. Hawkins entered the Anderson program in 2003 with a cohort of 14 students. Because the program is designed for individuals who are working full-time in higher education, she was able to maintain her full-time faculty status at William Jewell College while she completed the doctoral degree.
Professor Hawkins also holds a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration (accounting major) from the University of Central Missouri and a Master of Arts in Business. She is a Certified Public Accountant as well as a Certified Managerial Accountant. Hawkins said the CPA and CMA generally qualify as terminal degrees for accounting professors.
After 35 years teaching at William Jewell, Hawkins noted that there was no professional necessity for the doctorate at this point. “I wanted to be a student again,” Hawkins said. “I wanted a sense of renewal.”
“While there were many obstacles to overcome during the process, I understood that was the Lord at work”, Hawkins said as she attributed the feat to the support of her family and much prayer.
In addition to being a part of Hawkins’s learning experience, faith was also a component of her research. Her dissertation, entitled Does the manner of holding one’s religious beliefs affect the undergraduate accounting major’s preference for financial or managerial accounting?, explores whether or not there is a relationship between faith and accounting as well as whether or not such faith affects a preference for managerial or financial accounting, if there is a relationship.
Hawkins said the faith-to-accounting relationship is a research area she will continue to explore. She is considering developing research assistantship opportunities in the future for William Jewell students.