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Information Systems Audit and Control Degree Faculty

Ryan BaxterRyan Baxter
Assistant Professor, Accountancy

What do you teach?
I teach Accounting Information Systems, which covers the role of information technologies in business and accounting processes and how to control them.

Why do you like teaching at Bentley?
Bentley is a smaller college, but without sacrificing the quality and quantity of resources; this leads to a high-service, friendly campus environment. I enjoy working with the students because they are motivated to learn and work hard. I appreciate that the faculty care about both teaching excellence, as well as research productivity.

What is your teaching style?
I enjoy a conversational style of teaching. Most classes involve conversational lectures, group breakouts, and other in-class exercises. I share how I see the textbook principles unfolding in my daily life or prior experience; I also invite students to think about the same. My style favors those who believe that they are coming to class to learn and strive to develop an interest in the material.

What advice would you offer a new Bentley student?
Figuring out how to develop into a lifelong learner is so important. There are many ways to do this. First, cultivate a sense of gratitude about your life, especially about those who have supported you. Second, develop a curiosity about what you are learning — even if it seems uninteresting at first. Third, integrate and balance all dimensions of your life (physical, mental, emotional, spiritual, and social). These investments will result in greater overall energy and focus to embrace future opportunities and take on challenges.