Accounting academics holding a master’s degree or PhD honed their supervision skills at a research workshop in Durban facilitated by Professor Elizabeth Stack of Rhodes University.
The workshop was organised by the School of Accounting, Economics and Finance with the aim of ensuring its accounting academics are equipped with the requisite skills to enable them to improve on their research output and their supervision of research students.
‘The workshop was of immense benefit,’ said one of the participants, Mr Rajendra Rajaram. ‘Professor Stack spoke our language, providing tremendous guidance and insight into some of the unique research difficulties experienced by accountants.’
Rajaram has submitted his PhD dissertation for examination and is now looking into supervising senior students.
Addressing participants after the workshop, the School’s Acting Dean, Dr Mabutho Sibanda, said: ‘I would like to thank you all for attending. I am sure you have learned a lot from Professor Stack. Your co-operation in reviewing masters and PhD proposals is appreciated. This is where supervision starts from and moves forward. I would like each one of you to be involved in supervision.’
Stack, a Chartered Accountant holding a PhD from the University of South Africa, has had 35 years of university teaching experience in Taxation, nine years lecturing in Management Accounting and Finance and 13 years in Research Methodology.
She has co-authored a Taxation textbook and a Taxation legislation handbook and has written a variety of published book chapters and journal articles.
Stack has successfully supervised 50 honours students, 44 masters candidates and seven PhD candidates.
She is currently supervising 35 master’s degree students and three doctoral degree candidates. She has also acted as a reviewer for accredited South African Accounting journals and has been an external examiner for all of the universities in South Africa which are accredited by the South African Institute of Chartered Accountants.