The first week of classes is often so hectic that harried faculty cannot see many positives from the experience.  I am teaching our introductory PhD seminar, and I find that my attitude is a bit more positive than usual after week one, mainly because of the papers we cover the first week.  This post offers these papers as a cure for the first-week-of-the-semester blues.

The papers are

Kinney, “The Relation of Accounting Research to Teaching and Practice: A ‘Positive’ View,” Accounting Horizons (March 1989): 119-124;

Demski, J.S., and J.L. Zimmerman, “On ‘Research vs. Teaching’: A Long-Term Perspective,” Accounting Horizons (September 2000): 343-352; and

Friedman, “The Methodology of Positive Economics,” in Essays in Positive Economics, University of Chicago Press, 1953.

I suspect many of the academics who follow this blog have seen these papers, as I borrowed from existing syllabi when developing our course. For the doctoral students or faculty who are unfamiliar with these, I highly recommend them.  For non-academics, I strongly recommend the Kinney article.  The first two papers basically remind me of the importance and inter-relatedness of the research and teaching aspects of my career. The Kinney and Friedman papers remind me that important questions exist as to why the world of accounting is the way it is.  Further, they remind us that knowing more about how the world works is a prerequisite for making informed policy choices.  In my view, this is the underlying raison d’être for FASRI.

Yeah, it was a tough week.  But these papers help get me excited about research and teaching all over again.  I am interested if blog readers have any other similar “pick-me-up” papers that I should consider including next year.