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Rosina McAlpine-Mladenovic

Rosina McAlpine-Mladenovic

BCom MCom (Hons); MHEd PhD UNSW FCPA
Associate Professor

Rm 340
H69 - Economics and Business Building
The University of Sydney
NSW 2006 Australia

Telephone +61 2 9351 6991
Fax +61 2 9351 6638


Rosina McAlpine-Mladenovic is an Associate Professor in the Discipline of Accounting at the University of Sydney. She has a PhD in Accounting from the University of New South Wales, a Master of Higher Education (UNSW), a Master of Commerce (Honours) (UNSW) and a Bachelor of Commerce (UNSW).

Rosina has taught introductory accounting and auditing at the undergraduate level, and individual judgment and choice at the postgraduate level. She enjoys teaching and researching in accounting education and has been recognised as a highly accomplished teacher in her field both by her students and by external sources.

Rosina came to academia from a big six chartered firm (Deloitte, Haskins & Sells) where she worked as an auditor, and has been teaching at university since 1987. Rosina is a member of CPA Australia and taken on the roll of Liaison Officer for Professional Bodies for many years. Since 1992 Rosina has resumed a small roll in accounting practice as the honorary accountant for a private not for profit school.

Rosina is on the editorial board of five accounting journals. She has also acted as an ad hoc reviewer for a number of international and Australian journals including Issues in Accounting Education, Australian Accounting Review and Accounting Research Journal. Her research interests focus on exploring effective assessment methods, student's perceptions of accounting, student's ethical reasoning and group work skills and students' approaches to learning as a way to improve accounting education practice and research. Rosina has also published in the area of audit judgment, occupational health and safety and environmental reporting.

Recognition for accomplishment in teaching and education research

In 2000 Rosina was awarded the British Accounting Association SIG Annual Prize for best paper published for the year in the journal - Accounting Education, joint paper with Booth P, & Luckett P, 'Accounting Students Approaches to Learning: Impacts on the Quality of Learning,' Accounting Education: an international journal, 1999, 8(4), 277-300.

In 2001 Rosina was recognised as a highly accomplished teacher of large groups. The Teaching and Educational Development Institute of the University of Queensland was awarded a grant from the Australian Universities Teaching Committee (AUTC) to conduct a project entitled Identifying and Supporting Effective Methods of Enhancing Learning - Teaching Large Classes. Part of the project was to select 3 highly accomplished teachers of large classes at each of the major universities in Australia. Rosina was selected as one of the three from my university and invited to participate in the project.

In July 2002 Rosina was invited to present in a session on "Innovative Teaching in Accounting" at a conference run by the Accounting Association of Australia and New Zealand.

In November 2002 she was seconded by the Dean to work full-time on the Faculty's key strategic initiative to achieve AACSB accreditation. The secondment lasted 15 months and Rosina took leadership of the assurance of learning section of the report completed for the successful accreditation bid.

In 2003 Rosina was invited to work on a project sponsored by CPA Australia to produce a series of 5 educational videos for use in introductory accounting courses across Australia.

In?? 2004 She received the American Accounting Association (AAA) Prize for Outstanding research in accounting education award from the for the co-authored paper: Cussins C, Czernkowski R,?? Mladenovic R, Gibson G & Howitt G, 'Exploring the Effectiveness and Success of a First Year Accounting Course', Asian Review of Accounting, vol.11:1, 2003, pp.48-68.

In 2004/2005 Rosina was seconded to the Faculty's Centre to Advance Learning in Economics and Business (CALEB) in the role of Senior Academic Advisor.

In 2005 she was awarded the British Accounting Association SIG Annual Prize for best paper published for the year in the journal - Accounting Education, joint paper with English, L. Luckett P and Mladenovic R 'Encouraging a Deep Approach through Curriculum Design', Accounting Education: An International Journal, 13(4), 2004: 461-487.

In 2006, Rosina was awarded the AFAANZ 2006 Best Paper in Accounting Education Stream for her co-authored 2005 working paper with Lucas U & Mladenovic R 'Developing an accounting-specific learning inventory for use as a diagnostic tool within teaching'.

Also in 2006, she was awarded with Dr Amani Ahmed Dr Tai Peseta, a Carrick Citation for Outstanding Contributions to Student Learning for 'excellence in the leadership, design and implementation of a faculty-wide tutor development program'. These national citations are granted to people who have made a significant contribution to the quality of student learning in a specific area of responsibility over a sustained period. Eight of the 210 citations national awarded were made to individuals or teams at the University of Sydney.

Rosina was awarded the 2008 Wayne Lonergan Outstanding Teaching Award in the Faculty of Economic and Business. The selection panel noted that Rosina demonstrated strong leadership and commitment at multiple levels, from passion in the classroom to careful unit of study design and scholarship of teaching.

Rosina was awarded the 2009 Vice-Chancellor's Award for Outstanding Teaching. The selection panel were impressed with the successful results Rosina had achieved with such large class sizes and her passion and enthusiasm for teaching and for her students. Rosina's commitment to inspiring students and her efforts to make a compulsory subject exciting for a large cohort of students was inspiring.

Also in 2009, Rosina was awarded the AFAANZ Best Paper in Accounting Education Stream for her co-authored paper Bell A, Mladenovic R and Sengara A 'Supporting the reflective practice of tutors: what do tutors reflect on?'.

Finally, in 2009, Rosina was ranked as the seventeenth highest contributor to accounting education research worldwide in a review article published by Urbancic (2009).

In 2011, Rosina?? was honoured with a prestigious national award  - the Australian Learning?? and Teaching Council,  Australian Awards for University Teaching, Award?? for Excellence in Teaching. There were only 22 awards for given in this?? category in 2011 across Australia.

Most recently in 2012, Rosina won the prestigious Pearson Accounting/Finance Educator of the Year Award. This award recognises excellence among academics whose primary activity involves teaching undergraduate or postgraduate accounting or finance courses. Judged by the Education Directors of CPA Australia, the ICAA and the NZICA, award nominees were assessed on criteria including their enthusiasm for teaching and promoting student learning, their command of subject matter and their ability to present course material imaginatively. The award was presented during the AFAANZ Conference in Melbourne. The event marked the first time the $3000 prize has gone to a University of Sydney Business School representative since the award's 2001 inception. For Rosina this award is the latest addition to an already impressive catalogue of high recognition teaching awards including the 2006 Carrick Citation, the 2008 Faculty Teaching Award, the 2009 University Teaching Award and the 2011 National Award for Teaching Excellence.

Professional Bodies

Rosina has maintained her ongoing relationship with the accounting professional bodies by acting as a liaison officer for CPA Australia (1999-2001) and Institute of Chartered Accountants (2000-2003).

Further, she has participated in a number of projects including: CPA Australia sponsored project to produce a series of 5 educational films narrated by David Koch for use in introductory accounting courses across Australia (2003).

More recently in 2009, Rosina has been invited to participate in a project aimed at embedding sustainability into both the university education and the continuing professional development of accountants.

Associate Editor

Accounting Education: an international journal

Editorial Boards

Global Perspectives on Accounting Education
Australian Journal of Accounting Education
Journal of Accounting Education
Pacific Accounting Review
Accounting and Finance Education Review

Ad hoc reviewer

Australian Accounting Review
Reviewer for Teaching and Learning Symposium, AAANZ Hamilton Island
Issues in Accounting Education
Accounting Education
AAANZ Conference
Accounting Research Journal
AFAANZ Accounting Education Special Interest Group Symposium
Higher Education
The International Journal of Management Education

Research Expertise

  • Accounting education - curriculum design and assessment
  • Embedding ethics and sustainability in accounting education
  • Social and environmental reporting

Recent Units Taught