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Sharon M. Davidson
Retiree Assoc Prof Accountancy
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Sharon M. Davidson
B.S.: Accounting
Bucknell University

M.S.: Accountancy
Rochester Institute of Technology

Awards, Grants, and Fellowships
Certified Public Accountant (CPA) and Certified Managerial Accountant (CMA)

Professional Experience
Prior to her teaching career at Alfred University, Professor Sharon Davidson was an auditor with one of the Big-8 Public Accounting Firms, PriceWaterhouse. While at PriceWaterhouse, Davidson held a supervisory position and was responsible for planning, organizing and completing audit engagements, as well as supervising and reviewing the work of audit team personnel. Davidson has audit experience in many industries, including manufacturing, banking, and health care. Professor Davidson holds an MS in Accountancy from the Rochester Institute of Technology and a B.S. in Accounting from Bucknell University. She also holds certifications as both a Certified Public Accountant (CPA) and a Certified Managerial Accountant (CMA). She is a member of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants, the American Accounting Association, the New York State Society of Certified Public Accountants and the Institute of Management Accountants. In addition to her public accounting experience, Davidson is the owner and CEO of the Hornell Furniture Outlet, a retail furniture store located in Hornell, New York. Davidson drew upon her entrepreneurial abilities and started the business in 1991. Since the business’ inception, she has managed the people, systems and technology infrastructure, and created a company which is one of the city of Hornell’s largest downtown retailers. Professor Davidson’s audit experience combined with her present business experience allows her to bring extensive and relevant professional expertise to the classroom. Professor Davidson requires her students to engage in an active learning experience at her business, which exposes the students to some of the internal control provisions of Sarbanes-Oxley. The experience requires students in the capstone-auditing course to form audit teams and assess audit risk through an analysis of internal controls. This active learning experience supports the College’s mission as well as its specific goal to "provide active learning opportunities which develop distinction through the acquisition of professional business skills." Professor Davidson’s unique and varied professional background leads to a rich and positive classroom experience for Alfred University students as indicated by her numerous outstanding teaching awards.

Honors and Awards

2016: Excellence in Teaching Award Alfred University

2008: Excellence in Teaching Award Alfred University.

2006: Teaching Award Empire Who's Who of Women in Education.

2005: Teaching Award Who's Who Among America's Teachers.

2004: Excellence in Teaching Award Alfred University.

2004: Teaching Award Who's Who Among America's Teachers.

2000: Teaching Award Who's Who Among America's Teachers.

1999: Teaching Award Who's Who Among America's Teachers.

1994: Teaching Award Who's Who Among America's Teachers.

1989: Excellence in Teaching Award Alfred University.

1986: Excellence in Teaching Award Alfred University.

1983: The Dean's Scholastic Award for Number 1 Student in Graduate Program Rochester Institute of Technology.

Current Research

Davidson, S.M., Grosso, D.S., Gunn, T.A. (2009). Preparation Meets Opportunity: An Entrepreneurial Journey. International Journal of Entrepreneurship.

Davidson, S. M. (2007). Be a Profession Shaper...Collaborate With an Educator. Massachusetts CPA Review Online.

Davidson, S. M. & Rummel, A. (2005). Wal-Mart's Impact on Entry and Adjoining Markets. International Journal of Business Research.

Davidson, S. M. (2004). A Longitudinal Study of Wal-Mart's Impact on Retail Sales in Host and Neighbor Towns. Global Conference on Business.

Davidson, S. M. (2000). Retail Changes Associated with Wal-Mart's Entry into Maine. International Journal of Retail and Distribution Management, 28 (4/5).

Davidson, S.M., Rummel A., Acton, D. (1999). The CPA Manager: Getting New Clients and Keeping Old Ones. CPA Journal.

Davidson, S.M. (1999). Practice-Development and Client Retention: Key Actions for CPA Firms. CPA Journal.

Davidson, S.M. The 150-Hour Requirement: How CPA Firms Plan to Adapt. Accounting Educator's Journal, 12.

Davidson, S.M. (1989). The 150-Hour Requirement: How CPA Firms Plan to Adapt. Ohio CPA Journal.

Classes Taught

CPA Review Seminar, CMA Review Seminar, Auditing Theory and Practice, Financial Accounting, Financial Accounting III, Managerial Accounting