A resident of Anderson Township, Surdick has been teaching at Xavier since 1986. He earned his B.B.A., M.B.A. and Ph.D. degrees from the University of Wisconsin. His areas of specialization and research focus on the analysis and interpretation of financial and governmental accounting standards and how they impact organizational decision-making. Surdick has won numerous teaching awards over the years and is the author of over twenty-five academic and professional publications.
The Bishop Fenwick Teacher of the Year Award is given to a professor who has a profound impact on a wide range of students. “To be admired as an engaging, enthusiastic and memorable professor in the department of accounting is remarkable," says Stephanie Brummer, a senior majoring in natural sciences with a business minor. "Students seem to agree that Dr. Surdick’s enthusiasm for accounting and for his students carries over to his everyday life.”
Alpha Sigma Nu was established at Xavier in 1939. ASN has awarded the Bishop Fenwick Teacher of the Year Award since 1980. Since then, 29 exemplary Xavier professors have been honored.