Jill Mitchell, adjunct professor of accounting at George Mason University School of Business, was recently awarded the 2019 State Council of Higher Education for Virginia (SCHEV) Outstanding Faculty Award. Now celebrating its 33rd year, the Outstanding Faculty Awards are Virginia’s highest honor for faculty at Virginia's public and private colleges and universities, recognizing superior accomplishments in teaching, research, and public service. Mitchell, an associate professor of accounting at Northern Virginia Community College and a Mason adjunct since 2009, is one of only 13 recipients of the award for the entire Commonwealth of Virginia.
“We are proud that Jill is being honored as an Outstanding Faculty by SCHEV. Her passion for innovative teaching and commitment to student learning are exemplary and reflect the core values shared by all Mason accounting faculty to help students prepare for a successful career in the accounting profession,” said JK Aier, accounting area chair and associate professor of accounting.
Mitchell first came to Mason through her volunteer work with the Coast Guard Officers’ Spouses’ Club of Washington, D.C. She says that after beginning to teach at NOVA she quickly realized she also wanted join Mason as well.
“I wanted to also teach at Mason so that we, the NOVA faculty, understood what was expected of our students upon transfer,” says Mitchell. “Building relationships with the Mason accounting faculty helps to ensure that NOVA students are successful at Mason.”
Mitchell says it’s an honor to play a small part in our students’ big journeys. “At Mason, I teach students who are further along in their educational paths than my students at NOVA. It’s a privilege to observe these students mature and to help them persevere, being only steps away from beginning their professional careers.”
For Mitchell, the most rewarding moments she’s had at Mason involve connections she can make between students and accounting professionals. Mitchell recently connected accounting student Nicholas Burton to the Virginia Society of CPAs, providing him with the opportunity to conduct an interview for the organization’s “My Path to CPA” video series.
Mitchell is the co-author of College Accounting for John Wiley & Sons, with co-authors Jerry Weygandt, Paul Kimmel, and Deanna Martin. She is the past-president of the Washington, D.C., Chapter of the Accounting and Financial Women’s Alliance, and has served on the Board of Directors of the Virginia Society of CPAs (VSCPA), where she also served on the Educators’ Symposium Task Force and the VSCPA Educational Foundation Scholarship Selection Committee.