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Dr. Mark Holtzblatt

Spring 2024:

Points_of_Pride_Mark_Holtzblatt_2024_300x300.pngProfessor of Accounting, Mark A Holtzblatt and Kristine Brands of the US Air Force Academy are the recipients of the 2024 Mark Chain/ Deloitte Innovation in Graduate Teaching Award from the American Accounting Association (AAA). This award is for their submission "A Teaching Case on the Future of Global Digital ESG and Sustainability Reporting - Digital First! The Move to Global Digitization of ESG Reporting Using XBRL: The Case of the ISSB, EU, India, and U.S. SEC."  

As part of the award, Mark and Kristine will present their teaching innovation at a special award session during the 2024 Conference on Teaching and Learning in Accounting (CTLA) on August 10-11, in conjunction with the AAA Annual Meeting in Washington, DC. 

Fall 2023:

In the video above, Dr. Mark Holtzblatt, professor of Accounting in the Monte Ahuja College of Business at Cleveland State University discusses the American Accounting Association's annual ESG Conference and why to attend. Visit the AAA 2nd Annual ESG Accounting Conference here. Learn more about the Accounting Department here. And learn more about Dr. Holtzblatt by reading updates about him below or visiting his Faculty Profile here

Fall 2022:

Strategic Finance - August 2022 CoverAugust 2022 Issue of Strategic Finance Cover Story

Dr. Mark Holtzblatt, Associate Professor of Accounting, and his co-author, Dr. Kristine Brands, Assistant Professor of Management at the U.S. Air Force Academy, have a featured cover article in the August 2022 issue of Strategic Finance. The publication is the flagship journal of the Institute of Management Accountants (IMA). It is distributed to over 100,000 IMA members worldwide in over 140 countries.

The article, titled "ESG in the Accounting Curriculum" can be read here.

Fall 2021:

AICPA Mark Chain/FSA Innovation in Graduate Teaching Award

Mark HoltzblattDr. Mark Holtzblatt, Associate Professor of Accounting, and his co-author, Dr. Kristine Brands, Assistant Professor of Management at the U.S. Air Force Academy were selected as recipients of the 2021 American Institute of Certified Public Accountants (AICPA) Mark Chain Federation of Schools of Accountancy (FSA) Innovation in Graduate Teaching Award for their case “The Implementation of Inline XBRL (iXBRL) and the IFRS-based XBRL Taxonomy in the EU and U.S. – The Case of SAP SE”.

The award is designed to recognize exceptional graduate accounting course practices and is co-sponsored and funded by the accounting firm Grant Thornton and the FSA. The complete list of AICPA Awardees can be found on the CPA Practice Advisor magazine website here.

Holtzblatt and Brands were invited to present their case at both the 2021 Conference on Teaching and Learning in Accounting (CTLA), July 8th and 9th and the 2021 Annual Meeting of the American Accounting Association (AAA), held August 2nd through 5th.

Their case focuses on eXtensible Business Reporting Language (XBRL) and International Financial Reporting Standards (IFRS). The case provides students the opportunity “to investigate recent financial reporting mandates requiring EU and SEC IFRS corporate filers to digitize financial reports using IFRS-based taxonomies and iXBRL.

Student learning objectives include analyzing the EU’s ESEF (European Single Electronic Format) and SEC’s IFRS-iXBRL digitization developments. In addition, students evaluate German multinational SAP SE’s motivation for its IFRS-XBRL implementations. Since 2005, SAP SE files IFRS financials and since 2009 has created IFRS-XBRL reports. The case is flexible and can be used at both the undergraduate and graduate level in Accounting Information Systems courses, International Accounting courses and Accounting Analytics courses.

Additional Awards And Information:

Faculty Profile
2021 2020
2018 2016

April 2021:

AAA Forensic Accounting Best Teaching Award

Dr. Mark Holtzblatt and his colleague, Dr. Craig Foltin, were the recipients of the 2021 AAA Forensic Accounting Section Best Teaching Innovation Award for their submission: Learning from Ethical Violations in Public Accounting: A South African Audit Scandal and a Firm’s Transformation, Issues in Accounting Education. Read more here.

February 2020:

Intercollegiate Ethics Case Competition Judge

Dr. Mark Holtzblatt served as one of the judges for 3rd Annual Intercollegiate Ethics Case Competition sponsored by the Institute of Internal Auditors (IIA) Northeast Ohio Chapter and convened by the Department of Accounting and the Delta Psi Chapter of Beta Alpha Psi. This is third year that Dr. Holtzblatt has been involved with the Ethics Case Competition. Read more here.


Fall 2018: Golden Apple Award Recipient

In Fall of 2018 during Homecoming Week, Dr. Holtzblatt was presented with a Golden Apple Award. The Golden Apple Award is an initiative sponsored by the Young Alumni Council of the CSU Alumni Association to recognize the outstanding contributions of our dedicated faculty and staff to the lives of students. Read more here.

May 2018: CSU Department of Research Featured Researcher


John Geekie and Mark HoltzblattAccounting Faculty Receive American Taxation Association/Deloitte Teaching Innovation Award

John Geekie, Assistant Professor of Accounting and Mark Holtzblatt, Associate Professor of Accounting have been selected as recipients of the 2016 American Taxation Association (ATA)/Deloitte Teaching Innovation Award for their case, "Should U.S. and Global Regulators Take a Bigger Tax Bite Out of Technology Companies? A Case on Apple's International Tax Minimization and Reporting Strategies". Published in the American Accounting Association (AAA) journal, Issues in Accounting, the case was co-authored with Norbert Tschakert of Salem State University.

Holtzblatt and Geekie were presented with the award at the ATA luncheon on August 8, 2016 during the annual AAA meeting. The authors have been invited to the 2017 Mid-Year Meeting to present their winning case. The ATA/Deloitte Teaching Innovation Award is designed to encourage creativity and experimentation when teaching tax courses. Learn more about the Deloitte Foundation here and the American Accounting Association (AAA) and the American Taxation Association (ATA) here.

Their case provided students "with an opportunity to examine the international tax minimization and reporting strategies of Apple Inc. (Apple) and other technology companies, as well as the related U.S. congressional investigations into “Offshore Profit Shifting and the U.S. Tax Code.”

The case requires students to research and critically analyze tax and accounting issues related to Apple's tax minimization strategies, as well as the related U.S. and international regulatory investigations. The case learning objectives include understanding the importance of tax minimization and reporting strategies, increasing knowledge of congressional concerns about multinational tax strategies and improving awareness of foreign governments' and supranational organizations' criticisms of multinational tax minimization. The case can be used in undergraduate and graduate level International Accounting, Corporate Taxation, and International Taxation classes.


Accounting Professor received American Accounting Association’s 2015 Outstanding Accounting Education Research Award

Mark A. Holtzblatt, Ph.D., CPA and associate professor of accounting in the Monte Ahuja College of Business at Cleveland State University is the recipient of the 2015 Outstanding AccountingDr. Mark Holtzblatt 2016 AAA Outstanding Accounting Education Award Education Research Award, presented by the American Accounting Association (AAA) during the AAA’s annual meeting in Chicago. The AAA award is designed to encourage and recognize excellence in accounting education research. Dr. Holtzblatt and his co-author, Norbert Tschakert of Salem State University received the award for their publication: “Baker Hughes: Greasing the Wheels in Kazakhstan FCPA violations and implementation of a corporate ethics and anti-corruption compliance program” Journal of Accounting Education, Vol. 32, pgs. 36-60.

Mark is a past recipient of the AAA Innovation in Accounting Education Award. In 2013, he was chosen by CSU students as Outstanding Faculty of the Year for Excellence in Teaching in the Department of Accounting. In 2010, Mark received the Howard Teall Award for Innovation in Accounting Education from the Canadian Academic Accounting Association. He is also a three-time recipient of the Mark Chain/FSA Innovation in Graduate Teaching Award presented by the Federation of Schools of Accountancy and the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants.