Editor’s note: We asked Lacee Wilkey, 2009 valedictorian for the Huntsman School of Business, who her favorite professor was and why. She wrote about Dr. Jeffrey Doyle, who was recently named Professor of the Year for USU and Teacher of the Year for the Jon M. Huntsman School of Business. He is the George S. Eccles Chair in Capital Markets Research in the School of Accountancy.
By Lacee Wilkey
Professor Jeffrey Doyle talks with Lacee Wilkey. (Photo by Russ Dixon)
Dr. Jeffrey Doyle is a phenomenal teacher and has been my favorite professor at Utah State. I have had many superior teachers, but Dr. Doyle stands out above the rest.
I was fortunate enough to take an intermediate financial accounting class from Dr. Doyle my sophomore year. At the time, I was majoring in finance and economics and was trying to decide between a minor in marketing or accounting. On the first day of the semester, I sat in on both a marketing class and Dr. Doyle’s accounting class trying to decide which class to take and, consequently, which area to make my minor. After his first lecture alone, I was convinced that accounting would be the route to take. By the end of the semester, not only had I decided to make accounting my minor, but I enjoyed it enough that I added it as an additional major.
It is hard to pin point exactly what it was, but something about Dr. Doyle’s teaching style was able to capture my attention and get me interested in a subject I previously abhorred. He was able to teach in a way that made accounting interesting and easy to understand. He made the difficult, easy; the easy, memorable; and the mundane, exciting. Whether it was his incorporating his research findings or showing the application of class topics to real-world situations, there was always something new and exciting to be gleaned from a Dr. Doyle lecture. That, on top of his incredible sense of humor, made for a very enjoyable class.
Dr. Doyle’s class was challenging. His exams were insane. From multiple choice questions with options a-h to a plethora of work-out problems, you really had to know your stuff. But it was this aspect of the class that caused me to learn as much as I did; and despite its difficulty, I loved the class.
Dr. Doyle is an extraordinary teacher and a great asset to the university and students alike. Having little interest in accounting three years ago, I have since graduated with an accounting degree because Dr. Doyle was able to spark an interest in a subject I previously despised. I am grateful for the opportunity I had to be on the receiving end of his teaching excellence.