Peter Fourlaris: “Tell the reader about your role at Concordia, what faculty do you teach in?”
Dwayne O’Coin: “The Mihalcheon School of Business”
PF: “What attracted you to this area?”
O’Coin: “I’m a Chartered Accountant so I was kind of already involved in the business world, so it made sense for me.”
PF: “Have you ever considered teaching something else?”
O’Coin: “Well yes there are probably other things I’d rather do, but accounting and finance tend to pay pretty well, and it's something I’m kind of good at. I’d like to teach English, maybe philosophy, but I like to eat (haha), sorry philosophy guys.”
PF: Are you involved in your field outside of school?
O’Coin: “A little bit, I do some business stuff, but I tend to avoid doing too much accounting stuff because there’s a liability involved with it, and I just don’t have the liability coverage. So it’s better to avoid going places where you are going to need the coverage.”
PF: “How many years have you been working at Concordia?”
O’Coin: “This is my fourth year”
PF: “What classes are you currently teaching?
O’Coin: “Here at Concordia I teach corporate finance, and personal finance.”
PF: “Do you have a favourite one to teach?”
O’Coin: “Personal finance is a lot of fun, because it has a lot of different people from different faculties, so there are a lot of different perspectives. It tends to be more low-key, it’s a lot more of an applied class. There are a lot of good practical questions in it.”
PF: “Would you say you have a least favourite class?”
O’Coin: “I did the accounting information systems class once for my first year, and that’s not one that I would want to do very often. It wasn’t a lot of fun.”
PF: “What is the most strange or funny thing that you have seen on campus?”
O’Coin: “I think in my second year here. One of the student bodies applied to have a party with beer on campus. Since it’s a Lutheran school you’d think that it would be automatic, given that Lutheran’s are generally Germans and they’re kind of famous for their beer, it was interesting that it wasn’t until that application that they were actually allowed to have beer on campus.”
PF: “What is your favorite hobby or activity away from work?”
O’Coin: “I have four grandkids, and that keeps me very busy (haha). They’re a lot of fun.”
PF: “What is something you can tell us that most people do not know about you?”
O’Coin: “I’ve been married for 36 years. How’s that for an answer?”
PF: “That’s awesome, that’s the best answer you could give”
O’Coin: “As I’ve said in my classes, the secret to being married for 36 years is being married to Connie.”
PF: “That’s fantastic”
PF: “What is your favorite movie and why?”
O’Coin: “I’m not sure I’ve ever thought about my favourite movie. Hmm, I like ‘Blade Runner.’ It’s kind of dark and apocalyptic. It has some interesting commentary on what constitutes humanity and what is necessary for us to be considered human.”
PF: “If you could have any superpower, what would it be?”
O’Coin: “Well time travel would be good, especially for finance (haha), it would also be interesting to be able to travel from place to place, like through teleporting.”
PF: “What genre of music do you like the best?”
O’Coin: “I like classical music. I like the baroque romantic era of classical music. I also like jazz; I have quite a few jazz albums.
PF: “Do you have any advice for students entering their first year?”
O’Coin: “Take the time to explore. Don’t over commit and look at some options. I’ve told my kids, when they were thinking about going to school, if you don’t really know what you want to do remember that you are making a fairly big investment in time, effort, and money, and you may not be ready for that.”
Thank you very much Professor O’Coin for this very entertaining interview. I hope this article can show everyone what a fantastic and remarkable professor you are.
Finally, if you, the reader, have anyone in mind that you would like to see featured in one of my articles, you can send in your requests to me. I can be reached through my email firstname.lastname@example.org or via twitter @PeterF_94.