HOUSTON, TEXAS – The American Woman’s Society of Certified Public Accountants (AWSCPA) is pleased to announce that Rutgers University professor Winnie Westcott has been named as its 2015 Educator of the Year. This award is given by the AWSCPA to an individual for outstanding contributions to accounting education.
Winnie Westcott received her undergraduate degree in Accounting from the University of Notre Dame in 1998. Upon graduation, she worked as an auditor at PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC) where she earned her CPA certification from the state of New York. She left PwC to accept a position at Bed Bath and Beyond where she quickly climbed the ranks to become an accounting manager. Winnie later pursued her interest in the non-profit industry and accepted a position at Rutgers University Press. In 2011, she earned her Master’s in Accountancy from Rutgers University Business School and joined the faculty as a lecturer.
On average, Professor Westcott teaches 300 students a year and is known for taking a personal interest in her students and learning each of their names early in the semester. Many of the current accounting majors at Rutgers attribute their decision to major in accounting to their experience in her class. Winnie's dedication to her students and to excellence in accounting instruction are evident in the multiple teaching awards granted to her by the Rutgers Business Governing Association and in the glowing evaluations from her students. She has demonstrated an ability to clarify complex concepts and use real world examples to help her students understand the material beyond the textbook. Winnie possesses a personal warmth and sincerity in wanting to help her students—she is always willing to go above and beyond to be available as a resource to her students outside the classroom. Her personal example of success in academic, professional, and personal settings continues to serve as an inspiration to her students. Outside of Rutgers, Winnie and her husband reside in Colonia, NJ with their three children.
AWSCPA, organized in 1933, is a national network connecting and supporting today’s women CPAs through career and personal transitions by innovative training, customized mentorship, and focused relationships. For its members, AWSCPA provides:
- Resources and support for professional and personal development
- Opportunities for leadership participation, networking, and mentoring
- Visibility and recognition for the organization and its members
- Leadership in addressing the concerns of women in the accounting profession