LAWRENCE ― Allen Ford, tax accounting professor, will be honored with the 2011 Chancellors Club Career Teaching Award, in recognition of his outstanding career at the KU School of Business.
Allen Ford is the Larry D. Horner/KPMG Distinguished Teaching Professor of Professional Accounting in the School of Business. Ford earned his bachelor's degree at Centenary College, and his MBA and doctoral degrees at the University of Arkansas. He has been a professor of accounting at KU since 1976, and a distinguished professor since 1993.
"Allen Ford embodies what it means to be a teacher," said Neeli Bendapudi, dean of the KU School of Business. "We are so fortunate to have him at KU. In my travels across the country, alumni always ask specifically about Professor Ford." Bendapudi likened Ford's impressive career to what the 19th Century journalist and historian Henry Adams meant when he said, "A teacher affects eternity; he can never tell where his influence stops."
Keith Chauvin, former associate dean at the KU School of Business, praised Ford for his commitment to his work. From 1984 through 2005, Ford was the only tax professor in the School of Business. "In addition, he has voluntarily taught one or even two additional courses per year, for many years, usually without compensation," Chauvin said. "He did so in order to ensure that large undergraduate and smaller graduate classes of accounting students had access to the tax courses they needed to be successful in their careers."
O. Maurice Joy, KU's Emeritus Joyce C. Hall Distinguished Professor of Business, also nominated Ford. He said that while the KU School of Business has many excellent teachers, Ford is "the cream of the crop."
"Allen teaches tax accounting courses, which are not for the fainthearted," said Joy. "Despite that, he is a perennial winner of many of the school's internal teaching awards. He is that rare bird in academics who blows the top off the charts in both popularity and rigor."
Ford and Professor Hartmut Jaeschke have been respectively named winners of the 2011 Chancellors Club career teaching and research awards. They will be honored Sept. 30 at the annual Chancellors Club celebration. Jaeschke is a professor and researcher in KU Medical Center's Department of Pharmacology, Toxicology and Therapeutics. Having taught at KU since 2006, he is an internationally known scientist who researches the mechanisms of inflammatory liver injury.
Each professor will receive a $9,000 award. The awards are provided through KU Endowment, the official fundraising and fund-management foundation for KU.