Faculty Spotlight: Joe Moran
Joe Moran knew he wanted to attend college after high school, and one of his counselors suggested he look into accounting.
“He told me if you are good in math, you would probably do well in accounting – which wasn’t exactly 100 percent true, as I found out. But I read up on the profession and decided to major in accounting. Obviously, it turned out to be a good choice,” he said.
After starting his career in public accounting, Moran worked in the private sector in financial accounting and reporting. But he always had a desire to teach and began part-time while still working in the industry. Then a full-time teaching position opened up.
“I didn’t have to think much about it, and I still enjoy it,” said Moran, who has been at College of DuPage since 1997. “There is a lot of truth in the expression, ‘If you find a job you really love, you will never work a day in your life.’”
Moran makes sure his students learn and understand the principles and concepts that are the basis of accounting.
“That, along with the ability to apply those principles and concepts to real-world accounting issues, will translate into a successful career,” he said. “What inspires me is being able to take my knowledge and experience, share it with my students, watch the light bulb go on and know I made a difference in some of their careers.”
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