David Ravetch has been a UCLA faculty member for more than 30 years. Well recognized for his passion for teaching, he has received numerous teaching awards: UCLA accounting students voted him Favorite Accounting Instructor, and students campus-wide voted him Most Recommended Instructor. In the spring of 1995, the California Society of Certified Public Accountants' Committee on Accounting Education awarded Ravetch its Faculty Merit Award, which recognizes excellence in teaching.
When Ravetch first began teaching at UCLA, the current Undergraduate Accounting Minor was in its infancy. In the fall of 1995, the Accounting Minor became the first approved minor at UCLA. Today, the UCLA Anderson Accounting Minor is recognized as one of the strongest undergraduate accounting programs, and its graduates are heavily recruited by international accounting firms.
Ravetch has always been focused on the success of his students, both academically and professionally. He is currently using a new method of teaching Intermediate Accounting, utilizing a cutting-edge case study format that helps students better understand financial statements, as well as how to develop research, presentation and evaluation skills that enable them to be more effective in their professions.
In addition to his love of teaching, Ravetch has a passion for music. He plays the piano, guitar and clarinet. He has written many musicals for children and about the public accounting profession that have been performed at the annual UCLA Accounting Awards banquets. He has developed a series of lectures that illustrate how well-known classical themes are used in film, television, pop music and Broadway shows. He also gives pre-concert lectures for the Los Angeles-based professional orchestra New West Symphony.