Open SUNY Online Teaching Ambassador 2019: Plattsburgh – Samy Garas
Samy Garas, Ph.D., is an Associate Professor of Accounting who received his Ph.D. in Accounting from University of St. Gallen, Switzerland. In addition, he earned eight professional certifications in Accounting namely: Certified Public Accountant (CPA), Certified Internal Auditor (CIA), Certified Management Accountant (CMA), Certified Fraud Examiner (CFE), Certified Forensic Financial (CFF), Certified Anti-Money Laundering Specialist (CAMS), Certified Information System Auditor (CISA), and Certified in Public Sector International Public Accounting Standards (CIPFA). In 2018, he became a Fellow in the Higher Education Academy (FHEA).
Dr. Garas has 28 years of experience in both academic and accounting business life. He taught in different universities in the U.S. and the Middle East. Further, he held several executive positions in the “big four” auditing firms and accounting associations. He taught many courses in accounting and finance for undergraduates, graduates and professional executive training.
Dr. Garas research interests include Corporate Reporting, Internal Control, Corporate Governance, Forensic Accounting, Corporate Social Responsibility, and Accounting Education. He has published 14 articles in peer-reviewed journals as well as 3 book chapters. He presented most of his studies in several academic and professional conferences. In a recent study, Dr. Garas assessed the student performance on computer-based tests versus paper-based tests in introductory financial accounting.
In his own words, “Virtual classroom education creates new real-world opportunities. We design our online BS degree completion program in accounting to adapt students’ schedule and needs, especially for those with family and professional responsibilities, making it more convenient to complete their degree and gain quality education in SUNY Plattsburgh. The online accounting classes prove to be more beneficial and valuable to students. Initially, students in an online accounting class became more diversified in experience and cultures but unified in their goal to pursue their degree in accounting. This unique combination makes the class discussion richer and ‘pushes’ students to advance their career aspiration in becoming certified public accountants. Moreover, students are more engaged in online deliberations throughout their academic semesters and not limited to classroom time.”
“SUNY is always striving to improve online courses for both faculty and students, making it an easy platform for learning and teaching. In particular, the Technology Enhanced Learning (TEL) unit at SUNY Plattsburgh is always looking for new ways to connect students with faculty members, the content of the courses, and other students. The initial training we receive, and ongoing support throughout the semester is a great value. It provides faculty with the resources necessary to give students a flexible learning environment, while still receiving the same high quality of education as they would get by coming to campus.”