A staple of the accounting department at Niagara University, assistant professor Dr. Ian Burt, CPA, works extensively with students at the undergraduate and graduate levels. After coming to Monteagle Ridge in 2013, Dr. Burt has played an integral role in student success both in the classroom and through real-world experience.
Q: What is the most rewarding part of your position at NU?
A: “Working with students and student-athletes. I enjoy helping students navigate their way through college.”
Q: Is there one course you teach that you feel gets the most out of students? And if so, why do you think that might be the case?
A: “ACC 240, which is the Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) program. Students spend the semester completing taxes returns for members of the local community. This provides students with plenty of practical experience, but also allows them to experience direct service help.”
Q: How do you think your department set students up for success upon graduation?
“We help them through coursework, but more importantly through advisement. Right from the student's first semester on campus, we support them and provide advice on coursework and other college activities. As they near the end of their college experience, we help them obtain internships and job offers to ensure a smooth transition to the ‘real world.’”