Robert McGee - alumnus profile
Academics can be scary individuals, particularly when they have won 23 gold medals in Taekwondo.
An impressive statistic, yet one that is balanced by Robert’s sparkling career in accounting. Currently teaching accounting at Fayetteville State University in Fayetteville, North Carolina, USA, Robert has always had a fondness for England. “My first trip to England was in 1983. I have visited England several times since then. It is the foreign country that is most like the United States, with the exceptions of Canada, Australia and New Zealand. However, England is more exotic and has a richer history and architecture (I bet you never heard England called exotic before).”
Robert attended UWE Bristol for two years (2005–2007), leaving us with a Doctorate in Finance (DPhil) which not only improved his knowledge, but expanded his marketability: “I was already an accounting professor when I started my studies at UWE Bristol. I worked toward the DPhil in Finance to supplement my existing knowledge as part of my self-improvement programme. As finance is closely related to accounting, there is a lot of overlap between the two disciplines. One of my specialties is financial accounting, the area of accounting that has the most overlap with finance. I thought that increasing the depth of my knowledge in finance would benefit both my students and myself, and would also make me more marketable.”
Sharing the wealth
Robert still teaches accounting at undergraduate and postgraduate level, citing that hard work is just as vital as a penchant for numbers: “Accounting and finance are great fields. Anyone who works hard and who has a modicum of intelligence can take advantage of many opportunities and career paths. I advise my students to either get a double major in accounting and finance, or else get a major in one and a minor in the other.“
From numbers to words
Not many people, let alone alumni can claim to have lived and lectured in 30 countries. Robert has been ranked in the top 20 business professors in the world by the Social Science Research Network, as well as claiming a spot in the top 30 in the world for all social scientists. Several studies have ranked him number one in the world for both accounting ethics and business ethics scholarship. Robert is relentless in reaching his goals, claiming that “the main challenge, and it is a continuing challenge, is trying to find time to do all the things I want to do. Having published 58 non-fiction books and more than 600 scholarly articles, I’m currently working on my first novel – Justifiable Homicide: A Political Thriller (available January 2014). The protagonist (named Robert Paige) is, in fact, a UWE Bristol graduate!”
To have half the success Robert has had would be impressive, but having helped draft the accounting law in Armenia (1999) and Bosnia (2001), as well as reviewing the law for Mozambique (2005), Robert’s CV could itself be a novel.