Areas of Expertise
Financial Accounting, Managerial and Cost Accounting, Decision Making, and Not-for-Profit Leadership and Management.
M. Acc., University of North Florida, 2007.
M.B.A., Bowling Green State University, 1993.
B.S., Management, Bethune-Cookman University, 1990.
As an academic, Professor Lewis combines lecture, digital content, real world experiences, and hands-on in-class instruction. He believes accounting is one of the most vital elements of any business enterprise and does his best to present the course material clearly and relevantly with many current examples. He approaches the lecture by engaging student’s thoughts on current business events that are related to the topics and related to managing a professional career. He frequently “flips” the classroom by allowing students to complete hands-on assignments in class while teaching each other the concept and various approaches to solving problems.
Professor Lewis believes technology is an important tool for students so he welcomes technology in the classroom (laptops, cell phones, iPads, tablets, Blackboard, Clickers, Youtube, etc. He extensively uses MS Office (Word, PowerPoint, Excel) during lectures because these are tools that students will use professionally. Mr. Lewis also uses the iPad 3 and/or Surface Pro 4 for his textbooks so that he can quickly access multiple text books during the class period if he believes another author’s perspective on a topic may help bring further insight for students.
As a practitioner, Professor Lewis brings 21 years of professional work experience to the classroom. His work experiences have ranged from corporate accounting and controllership assignments with AT&T Corp to mid-sized international partnerships and related accounting at World Partners. His work at AEKUS Properties, a small to mid-sized privately held company where I served as CFO, included leading the company’s migration from DOS based accounting systems to HTML based systems and relocating their accounting operation from Tulsa to Jacksonville. His in-depth work in the not-for-profit sector, including his current position as The Senior Accountant at the Sulzbacher Center, has equipped Professor Lewis with a thorough understanding of fund accounting and not-for-profit financial management. In this role, he is responsible for providing oversight in the G/L, A/P, and Payroll [payroll posting], leading the monthly and annual book close, financial reporting, managing the Center's federal, state, and local grants, writing fiscal policy, managing the accounting systems, and leading efforts in process improvements and TQM.
"My passion for education and teaching extends outside of the classroom." Professor Lewis has written and taught the Money Management 101 course that is offered at the Sulzbacher Center for the Homeless; he serves as a United Way Real$ense Initiative instructor; and he co-founded the InSight College Program where he supports the efforts of homeless and unstably housed teens and young adults in their effort to attend college. The InSight College program currently have two students at UNF and four at FSCJ and have helped these students receive a combined $50,000 in financial aid and scholarships. Professor Lewis has served as the Treasurer on the Board of several not-for-profits and he has written and received $30,000 in grants for other not-for-profits.
Board of Directors I.M. Award for Outstanding Service to the Homeless, 2012.
United Way Real$ense Financial Educator's Choice Award, 2009 & 2012.
Recipient of the University of North Florida Graduate Scholars Award, 2006.
Grants and Contracts Awarded
$10,000 Weaver Foundation for the InSight College Program computers and supplies, 2014.
$10,000 GBGM The United Methodist Church for educational Training, 2014.
$10,000 CDPN The United Methodist Church for community and economic development, 2002.
Publications & Presentations
Lewis, Cedric D. and Simha R. Magal. Determinants of Information Technology Success in Small Business. Journal of Computer Information Systems. Spring 1995.