Siân Morgan and Devin Williams
Siân Morgan and Devin Williams were honored with the College's Spring 2015 Ph.D. Teaching Award.

Marketing, accounting graduate students earn College teaching honor

GAINESVILLE, Fla. – Siân Morgan and Devin Williams were recognized with the Warrington College of Business’s Spring 2015 Ph.D. Teaching Award.

The award, presented by the Center for Teaching, Learning & Assessment and selected by the Warrington Teaching Committee, recognizes outstanding graduate student teaching and instructional innovation. The selection process gauges the effectiveness of teaching practices, measures engagement, and evaluates student learning experiences. Nominees are provided with detailed feedback and consultation to enhance their teaching and prepare for their upcoming career searches.

Morgan is a Master’s of Science student in the Department of Marketing, and taught Consumer Behavior in Spring 2015.

Prior to pursuing her M.S. at Warrington, Morgan was at Emory University where she served as a Senior Program Associate and Manager of Special Events. She also was a Business Analyst and Project Manager at WCG International, a leader in delivering employment and vocational rehabilitation services across Canada.

“The students in my classes were bright and intellectually curious, and their enthusiasm for the material encouraged me to search for more relevant research and marketing examples, and create engaging in-class activities,” Morgan said. “And their helpful comments during midterm evaluations allowed me to fine-tune the course during the second half of the semester.”

Morgan earned an MBA from UF’s Hough Graduate School of Business in 2012, and a bachelor’s degree in International Business from the University of Victoria (British Columbia) in 2002.

Williams is a fifth-year Ph.D. student in the Fisher School of Accounting, and taught Introduction to Auditing in Spring 2015.

In March, Williams was one of only 10 Ph.D. students in the U.S. to receive a $25,000 grant through the Deloitte Foundation Doctoral Fellowship program. He was also named an American Accounting Association (AAA)/Deloitte/J. Michael Cook Doctoral Consortium Fellow in 2013, and an American Institute of CPAs (AICPA) Accounting Doctoral Scholar (2011-15).

“The feedback I received from mentors and students throughout this process was very helpful as I continue to develop my teaching philosophy and style,” Williams said. “I plan to be an educator for the rest of my career, and the advice I received has definitely started me out on the right foot.”

Williams is a licensed CPA in the state of Texas. He previously worked in Deloitte’s Dallas office as a Senior Associate, Audit from 2008-2011. He interned at Deloitte in Summer 2007.

Williams, who received bachelor’s and master’s degrees in accounting from Brigham Young University in 2008, is expected to receive his Ph.D. in Accounting in April 2016.