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Sandra J. Kranz, Ph.D.

Professor, Dept. Chair

Accounting

Office: DH 125

Phone: (218) 755-3716

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Teaching Experience: 

  • September 1992 to the present - Assistant, Associate & Full Professor at Bemidji State University, Bemidji, Minnesota
  • Fall Semester 1995 Managerial Accounting Instructor - Illinois Wesleyan University - Bloomington, Illinois
  • Fall Semester 1996 Financial Management Instructor - Illinois Wesleyan University - Bloomington, Illinois

Areas of assigned teaching responsibility currently

Primarily teach Income Tax I & II, Financial Information for Life, Principles of Accounting I & II, and Accounting Systems.  In the past, I have also taught Individual Taxation, Business Entity & Estate Taxation, Special Problems in Accounting, Intermediate Accounting I & II, Management Accounting, Financial Management, and Governmental and Not-for-Profit Accounting.

Education background:

  • Ph.D. - Educational Administration (Higher Education, Accounting Research and Technology) - Illinois State University - Normal, Illinois - Graduated May 2002.
  • Masters- Business Administration - Eastern Illinois University - Charleston, Illinois -  Graduated December 1991
  • Bachelor of Science - Education - Eastern Illinois University - Charleston, Illinois - Graduated August 1969.
  • Certified Public Accountant/Accounting Major -Licensed/Certified in Illinois 1987 and still current in that state.

Prior experience not in education

  • January - April 1992.  McGladrey Pullen, Champaign, IL.   Responsibilities were primarily tax preparation for individual and business entities.
  • 1986 - 1991.   Keller, Disbrow, Morrison & Chamblin, Decatur, IL..  Responsibilities were primarily tax return preparation for both individual and business entities.  Other responsibilities included audit, research and recruiting.

Professional Memberships

I am currently a member of the following organizations:

  • American Institute of Certified Public Accountants (AICPA)
  • Minnesota Society of CPAs
  • Minnesota Council of Accounting Educators
  • Taxpayer Advocacy Panel       
  • Honors Council 1999 to present
  • PEO Sisterhood- Member 1994 to present; Treasurer 2001-2004
  • American Association of University Women (AAUW), a group which promotes education and equity for women

Papers Presented

International/National:

  • Bland, S.J.K. (2003, April).  Use of accounting technology in practice.  Paper presented at the 2003 Annual Meeting of the American Educational Research Association, Chicago, IL.
  • Bland, S.J. (2002, June/July). Accounting technology. Paper presented at the AIS Annual Educator Conference in Copper Mountain, Colorado.
  • Hecht, J. B., & Bland, S. (1997, April). Comparing a traditional teacher preparation program and a PDS: One year later. Paper accepted for presentation at the 1998 Annual Meeting of the American Educational Research Association, San Diego, CA.

Regional/State:

  • Bland, S. J., & Hecht, J. B. (1997, October). One year later: Follow-up on a professional development school. Paper presented at the 1997 Annual Meeting of the Mid-Western Educational Research Association, Chicago, IL.
  • Bland, S. J., & Hecht, J. B. (1996, October). University faculty perspectives on the first year of a professional development school program. Paper presented at the 1996 Annual Meeting of the Mid-Western Educational Research Association, Chicago, IL.
  • Hecht, J. B., Bland, S. J., & Floit, P. S. (1996, October). AskSAM: A Methodology for the qualitative analysis of textual data. Paper presented at the 1996 Annual Meeting of the Mid-Western Educational Research Association, Chicago, IL.
  • Bland, S. J., Roberts, N. K., & Hecht, J. B. (1995, October). Optical mark recognition as a research tool. Paper presented at the 1995 Annual Meeting of the
  • Mid-Western Educational Research Association, Chicago, IL.

Publications

  • Bland, S.J. (2005) Uniform Certified Public Accounting Exam.  42 questions on the topic of accounting information systems and tax.  American Institute of Certified Public Accountants.
  •  Bland, S.J. (2004) Accounting Information Technology.  Educational Resources Information Center.
  • Hecht, J.B., Bland, S.J., & Schoon, P.L. (1997). Professional Development School 1996-97: A collaboration of the College of Education at Illinois State university and the Community Consolidated School District #21, Wheeling, Illinois. A Research Report. Normal, IL: Illinois State University, Technological Innovations in Educational Research Laboratory.
  • Bland, S.J., & Hecht, J.B. (1997). Professional development school update: Follow-up with the first year students. A Research Report. Normal, IL: Illinois State University, Technological Innovations in Educational Research Laboratory.
  • Hecht, J.B., Bland, S.J., Schoon, P.L., & Boschert, K. (1996). Professional development school 1995-96: A collaboration of the College of Education at Illinois State University and the Community Consolidated School District #21, Wheeling, Illinois. A Research Report. Normal Illinois: Illinois State University, Technological Innovations in Educational Research Laboratory.

Other research activity

  • Developed and conducted a mentoring program that paired alumni with current Intermediate Accounting students. -2005
  • Conducted research for Council on State Taxation (COST) on several topics, but primarily developed and administered a survey regarding the perceived fairness of the rules for administration and appeal of state tax statues.  My analysis of the results was then used by the COST partners for a presentation at the 13th Annual Paul J. Hartman State and Local Tax Forum and a forthcoming article.  Spring, 2006.

Awards, honors, and recognitions

  • College of Professional Studies Student Advisory Group Honors 2004 and 2007.
  • Awarded Fellowship appointment with the Washington Internship Institute, Spring Semester 2006.
  • Appointed by Treasury Secretary in the fall of 2005 to serve on the Taxpayer Advocacy Panel (TAP), a Federal Advisory committee to the Internal Revenue Service.