Dr. Mary Keener has served as the faculty advisor for Beta Alpha Psi since she arrived at UT in Fall 2008 and has helped to guide the chapter to many regional and national awards. Dr. Keener’s primary area of both research and teaching is financial accounting. Dr. Keener teaches financial accounting at the principles, intermediate and graduate level.
Dr. Keener’s research interests lie in the area of capital markets research, and she has published several articles examining the value relevance and impact on analysts of restructuring charges. Dr. Keener has also turned her love of sports into a publication in an economics journal of a paper that predicts the future success of professional baseball teams. She is teaching a section of Principles of Financial Accounting (ACC 202) for Sports Management majors for the first time this semester that will incorporate many examples related to sports organizations.
Dr. Keener was voted by her colleagues to be the 2013-2014 Gregory, Sharer & Stuart Faculty Member of the Year for UT, and she was selected by Beta Alpha Psi members to receive the Beta Alpha Psi Faculty Member of the Year in Spring 2014.
Also, Dr. Keener is a member of the Cimino Elementary PTA and The Village Family Foundation. She served as a board member for The Village Family Foundation from May 2012 till May 2015. Dr. Keener is proud to be involved in these groups, as she has two sons (ages 9 and 5).
“Yafeng has been an excellent student of mine at The University of Tampa for several classes including Intermediate Accounting II in Fall 2013 and Financial Accounting Theory in Summer 2014. Also, Yafeng became a candidate of Beta Alpha Psi in Fall 2014, and she was initiated as a member in Spring 2015. Yafeng served as the Corresponding Secretary of Beta Alpha Psi from January 2014 until December 2015, when she accepted the role of Reporting Secretary for Spring 2016.
As Yafeng’s professor and the Faculty Advisor of Beta Alpha Psi, I have seen Yafeng’s English improve significantly. She has put in a great deal of effort to improving her English, and she has become an excellent presenter for both her classes and Beta Alpha Psi. I have seen how hard it has been for Yafeng and her son to adapt to life in a new country knowing very little English at first, and they have worked very so hard to succeed and excel in all their activities. I enjoyed travelling with Yafeng to a conference in August in Milwaukee and helping her to try many new American foods and activities.”