Red Fox Spotlight: Accounting Professor, Byunghoon Jin

March 2016 Jin 120Born in Korea, Assistant Professor of Accounting Byunghoon Jin came to the U.S. as an undergraduate student in 2003. He now lives in Fishkill with his wife, Jungeun, and sons Lucas (four) and Jake (18 months). Prof. Jin earned his Ph.D. from Temple University in 2015; he is currently in his second semester of teaching both financial and managerial accounting at the School of Management.

Q: Where have you studied?
A:
In fact, I have been everywhere. I got my undergraduate degree from Indiana University Bloomington (2005), and my accounting master’s degree from the University of Texas at Austin (2007). I got my accounting Ph.D. from Temple University in Philadelphia last year.

Q: Would you briefly explain how you came to Marist?
A: When I first entered the job market, I didn’t have a regional preference. I looked for good schools where I could both teach and do research. Marist was one of the top choices on my list. When I visited for a job interview, I was amazed by the beautiful campus. The people were even greater. Dean Singleton is one of the best deans I have ever met, and all the faculty members and staff were so friendly and humorous. As part of the interview, I had to teach a managerial accounting class, and the students were also fantastic – many of them participated actively. Naturally, Marist became my number one choice; I waited for Marist’s decision while holding three other job offers.

Q: What initially attracted you to the study of accounting?
A:
I was an engineering major at first. After taking courses for two years, I felt that engineering was not the best major for me. So I started exploring different areas such as natural science, law, economics — and accounting. I quickly discovered that, while many people hate accounting, it was very exciting to me. So I decided to change my major.

Q: At what point did you know that you wanted to teach? Was this something you always planned to do, or was there a specific circumstance that led you into the profession?
A:
When I was a senior at Indiana University, I saw many of my friends having a hard time trying to understand what they were learning in the financial accounting class. (That happens at every school. Financial accounting is not an easy topic.) As a peer tutor, I had many chances to help those friends — and I quickly found myself enjoying explaining things and seeing improvement in their performance. It led me to decide to be an accounting professor.

Q: Is Marist your first teaching position, or have you taught elsewhere?
A: When I was at UT, I held office hours and led review sessions as a teaching assistant for an advanced accounting course for master’s students. And I taught both financial accounting and managerial accounting at Temple.

Q: What courses are you currently teaching?
A: Financial Accounting (ACCT 203) and Managerial Accounting (ACCT 204) for undergraduate students. I have wonderful students and am really enjoying the semester. Last semester was a blessing, too. All three Financial Accounting classes I had were fantastic, and I was really glad to see many students again in Managerial Accounting this semester.

Q: What do you enjoy most about teaching here?
A: My colleague professors are great teachers and researchers. The working environment is very friendly here. And the students are also great. They actively participate during the class (well, not always, but most of the time). I also enjoy chitchatting with students outside the classroom; I hope they won’t hesitate to say “hi” when they see me around campus.

When he’s not in the classroom, Prof. Jin admits to being a “huge” sports fan. “Basketball is my favorite,” he said. “I brought Lucas to a Marist game last year, and he was so excited when he got a high-five from Shooter [the Red Foxes’ mascot].”

“Marist is a wonderful place for me to do what I love to do — teach students and conduct research.” -Professor, Byunghoon Jin


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